Caring for someone can be physically and emotionally tiring. It's ok to want some time for yourself, and taking a break allows you to recharge. Short breaks can take a number of forms and should be personal to what allows you to take a break.
During COVID it may be more difficult to get a traditional break from caring. However organisations are looking at how they can change their services to make them accessible during this time. Some examples of different ways of getting a break include:
- online exercise and craft sessions
- virtual museums
- using technology to chat with friends and family
Renfrewshire Carers Centre has also moved the majority of its services online so that you can still get information and advice, attend group support, carers choir and training via Zoom, and get counselling via phone or Zoom.
Shared Care Scotland has information on creative examples of getting a break from caring.