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Take a break from caring

​​​​​There are a number of different services who provide breaks to carers to give them some respite and help them continue caring.

You may need a social care assessment in order to access these services. Speak to your social worker for more information, if you don’t have one then see the related pages section or to get an assessment:
  • If you look after an adult call 0113 222 4401
  • If you look after a child call 0113 222 4403

Breaks provided in the carer or cared for person's own home (Community based Respite Service)

Short breaks from caring, also called respite, is something that many family carers value.  Without it, many feel they could not carry on providing care for their relative or friend. A trained care worker could visit for a few hours or go out with the cared-for person, to give you some time to yourself.

The services are very flexible and could be for:
-part of the day
-an occasional whole day
-a one-off
-for a whole night (in more demanding care situations)

The following services in Leeds offer respite support for up to eight hours per week for family carers who are providing substantial and regular care to someone:
-East Leeds: Allied Healthcare Services, 0113 223 7321 or 01707 254 576
-West and North West Leeds: CareUK, 0113 240 4164
-South Leeds: Czajka Care, 0113 274 1900
-North East Leeds: Moorcare, 0113 203 4914
-City wide: Leeds Shared Lives  0113 247 8659​

The Leeds Shared Lives scheme offers assistance to family and informal carers who support adults (18 years and over) that have a physical or learning disability, sensory impairment or dementia. They offer a range of short break services and you'll need a social care assessment referral.  Further information is available in the documents section or email shared.lives@leeds.gov.uk​

Residential respite placement

As part of a carer's assessment we can discuss planned respite in a residential place for a few weeks in the year. There would also need to be an assessment of the care needs of the person being cared for so that the right place is chosen and needs are met. ​

One-off breaks, holidays, alternatives to respite care services

Some carers may need some other kind of help to look after their own health and well-being and enable them to continue to care. 

Leeds City Council Leedscardextra  -  this scheme gives carers discounted entry to the Council's leisure facilities, pools and gyms. In addition there are a number of shops, entertainments and events who offer discounted entry to Leedscardextra holders. Please call 0113 224 3636 for an application form.

Following a carers assessment by Adult Social Care a one off personal budget can be given to substantial and regular carers who are not using any other respite breaks services, and who need some other kind of help to sustain them in their caring role.

Time for Carers is a scheme for carers who are providing at least 35 hours of care per week. A one-off payment for a holiday or other type of one-off break is available once in three years. The scheme uses Leeds City Council funding and is administered by Carers Leeds.  Please call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338 to find out more.

For carers of people with dementia, there is a special holiday grant scheme funded by Leeds City Council and administered by the Alzheimer's Society. To find out more call them at 0113 231 1727 ​​

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