Have you thought about what support the person you care for would need if you fell ill or were unable to care for them for any period of time? It is important to think about this before it happens.
When was the last time you were able to take a break for example? When did you last have a night out, or were able to do some exercise or have some time to yourself? Do you need to catch up on some sleep or meet up with friends?
If you are caring for someone else, it is also important to look after yourself. Taking a short break from caring for someone isn't a luxury, it could be just what you need to help you feel energised and better able to continue caring. It can also be good for the person you care for, particularly if it means you will be able to continue looking after that person for the long term. It also means the person you’re caring for could have the chance to meet different people and benefit from a change of routine.
Think about what is stopping you take a break. This may help you work out what would take some of the pressure off. A break could involve one or many things including:
- arranging some additional care and support
- getting adaptations to your home or a safety alarm so you know you can leave someone alone safely
- going on a course
- meeting a friend
- a holiday for you and/or the person you care for