Caring means something different for everyone – but one thing that carers tell us all the time is that they cannot keep going without a break. Caring for somebody can be a full time job – so breaks are vital to your own well-being and quality of life.

When was the last time you gave yourself a break? When did you last have an evening out, go for a swim, try something new, take a holiday? When did you last have a chance to do all the things you would like to do, but can’t do while you are caring – everyday things such as meeting up with friends, visiting family or simply catching up with some sleep?

Taking a break also means that the person you are looking after may be able to enjoy new experiences, have a change of scene and routine and mix with other people.

Benefits of taking a Break

  • Carers have more opportunity to enjoy life outside of their caring role
  • Carers feel better supported
  • Carers confidence/morale as a carer improves
  • Increased ability to cope in their caring role

After the break

  • Reduced social isolation
  • Better able to maintain their caring role
  • Increased self-esteem

Long term

  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduced likelihood of breakdown

Contact the Short Breaks team to see what we can do to arrange a break from your caring role.

01382 200422 or  email the team on [email protected]

For more information visit the Short Breaks Website on



Dundee Carers Centre, Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee, DD1 2HB 01382 200422 [email protected]
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