The length of the break taken by a carer depends on who is providing the respite care services.
Council-provided respite care
If your short break services are provided by the council, your short break care will likely be organised for a few days at a time spread throughout the year. If you need to take a longer break from your care duties, you will need to discuss this with your care management worker.
Don't have a care management worker?
You probably are not known to adult care services. Before you can access any council-provided respite care, you should contact customer services to organise an assessment of how the council can support you.
Going on holiday?
The council cannot provide care cover for you if you are going on holiday. You will need to pay for private care to stay in a residential care home or through another private respite care provider.
Respite care in a residential care home
If your respite care is provided by a residential care home, the length of your stay will depend on space available in the care home.
You may also need to consider the cost of the stay in the residential home, as prices in most homes will increase with the length of the visit.
Read more on how to organise a stay in a residential care home.
Private providers of respite care
If you are paying for private respite care, then the length of the stay is dependent on how long you want to pay for.