Arrange a break from caring

Caring for someone can be very demanding and it's important for you to have a break from your caring role

Help from Adults' Health and Care

The Take a Break Service

This service can only be accessed via Adult Services through a carer's assessment and is provided, under contract, by a range of providers throughout Hampshire.

The Take a Break Service gives carers the opportunity to have regular short breaks from caring and also gives the cared for person the chance to identify activities and outcomes they would like to achieve.

The service offers:

  • flexibility - carers can book their breaks when it suits them, a few regular hours off each week or save the hours they have been allocated for a slightly longer break
  • personalised care - before the service starts the care provider will arrange to visit to discuss what support they need to provide to the cared for person whilst the carer is out
  • access to the community - during the break the cared for person can be supported to go out to attend clubs, go for a walk, visit friends etc
  • overnight service - as an alternative to daytime breaks, allocated hours can be saved to be used for night time stays. This must be planned in advance and the care provider will arrange for a replacement carer to stay in the home to give the carer the opportunity of an undisturbed night’s sleep
  • reassurance - staff providing the short breaks are specially trained by the care provider and are police checked

Shared Lives Scheme

For those assessed as eligible, Shared Lives offers carers a break from caring by providing short stays with Shared Lives carers in their own homes.

The Shared Lives provides users of the service a permanent home, a short stay, or day care in an ordinary home setting in the community.

The Shared Lives Scheme

Carer's assessment

Request a carer's assessment and discuss your needs as a carer including your need to have a longer term break.

Further information and help