Get a break from caring
We may be able to help if you need a break from caring for the adult you look after.
Short breaks for a few hours
You can arrange short breaks to give you time from your role as a carer.
Someone will come to your home to be with the person you care for or take them out and about.
This will give you time to do something for yourself – whether that's getting out to see friends or family, attending appointments or even just getting some "you time".
There are options available to support the person you care for while you are away.
For some carers, this may mean arranging for the person they care for to be looked after in a care home. For others, it may be a package of care to support the person they care for to stay at home.
We can talk to you about how to get a longer break and help you plan.
How can I get a break?
Here are some options:
Crossroads Care provide support for unpaid family carers. You can have up to 18 hours of respite care where a professional support worker will look after the person you care for while you take a short break.
Get a Carers assessment from us
If you need ongoing breaks for longer than 18 hours, ask us for a carers assessment. We’ll have a chat with you to understand your day-to-day life as a carer and we'll work out what we can do to help you.
Breaks to do a healthy activity
Carers in Hertfordshire can help you to get a break so you can do something healthy. In the past carers have got gym memberships, weekend breaks and even snowboarding lessons.
Breakaway for carers
Breakaway for Carers from Hertfordshire Crossroads Care (North, West and East)
Breakaway for Carers, delivered by Hertfordshire Crossroads Care (North, West and East) is a free service where a volunteer will come and sit with the person you look after for a few hours. All volunteers are trained and approved and will be matched to meet your needs.
Currently this service is only available in:
- Abbots Langley
- Hemel Hempstead
- Kings Langley
- St Albans
If you are looking for support of a volunteer or would like to become a volunteer to help others, contact Hertfordshire Crossroads Care (North, West and East) and ask for Breakaway for Carers.
For more information visit: www.crossroadshn.org.uk