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Respite care (also known as short-term care) is a form of support for carers. It gives you the opportunity to attend to everyday activities and have a break from your caring role. Respite care may be given informally by friends, family or neighbours, or by formal respite services.
Counselling and support for carers
It’s easy to become isolated or lonely when you’re a carer. You may be too busy to keep up with family, friends and people may visit you less often. Sharing your experiences with someone you trust – family, friends, neighbours, other carers or health workers – can help.
My health and wellbeing
When you spend most of your time looking after other people it’s easy to forget to look after yourself too. It’s worth asking yourself a few questions on a regular basis as a way of checking how you’re feeling about your caring role.