• Joe Legate

#49 | Results from 18th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.

Time for a break?

Yesterday we asked: Have you ever accessed respite services?

Graph showing how unpaid carers rated the support they receive from family and friends. The majority of respondents don't rate support highly on a scale of 1-5. With 5 being very well supported. 68% rated their support three or under.

"Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else.

It lets you take time out to look after yourself and helps stop you becoming exhausted and run down." So says, the NHS.

As carers, very often we find that one of the few solutions to creating a sustainable caring situation is the simplest of all solutions, a break.

And, whilst this isn't essential for every situation (26% say they don't need it), 48% of us say that we don't access respite services but we need it.

We don't yet have a guide to respite services. So, for those 20% who have experienced it, what would your advice be? Let us know in the thread on our Facebook Group.

And for the moment, whilst accessing respite can be more challenging Claire's blog on self-care and replenishment when you have no time for yourself, is a great place to start.

Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

If you were forwarded this page and you look after someone, you might like to contribute to a better understanding of unpaid carers. Sign-up for free to take part in Mobilise Moments today.