It is sometimes not easy to take a break, however, it is important to look after yourself when you are caring for others. There are many ways to help you take a break from your caring role, such as doing something you enjoy such as a hobby, spending time with people important to you, or having a break away. 

Carer Support Dorset can talk through with you what a break means to you and advise on how you may achieve this. There are opportunities for an overnight stay in a caravan or other local accommodation. Contact them on 0800 368 8349 to find out more or have a look at Carer Support Dorset’s website .

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The Help and Kindness directory offers a range of supported community activities that may help you take a break.  Find activities  

Short Breaks Service

This service is available to those who are eligible as a result of a Carers Assessment. Care providers can be arranged to stay with the person you care for whilst you take a break.

Ask for a Carers Assessment

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Finding replacement care for the person you care for 

Talk to the person you care for, if they would like to access a day opportunity such as activities or residential care without you they need an Assessment under the Care Act. Contact Adult Social Care Adult Access Team to find out what opportunities there are. 

Find out more about  help available for the person you care for.