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Ideas for short breaks

Ideas for short breaks


A short break is any form of service or assistance which enables the carer(s) to have sufficient and regular periods away from their caring routines or responsibilities.

Short breaks support the caring relationship and promote the health and well-being of the carer, the supported person, and other family members affected by the caring situation.

On this page there are some ideas of short breaks to get you thinking, but just as each carer is different, what they need for a short break is different so please don’t be limited by these suggestions.

Fancy having  games nights?  You can order a range of games for all the family or just to play yourself.

Try a home massage mat or a relaxing session at a spa.

Take a short break in a caravan, guest house or hotel with or without the person you care for, or a trip to visit family and friends.

If you prefer to watch rather than take part, get tickets for events, theatre, cinema or concerts.

Treat yourself to a meal delivered to your home once every couple of weeks for a few months.

You could buy sports clothing or equipment – from walking shoes to more adventurous activities.

You could take out a subscription for audible books or streaming services to enjoy at home.

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Invest in your garden with furniture or toys.

Go for a day trip.

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