Many families with a severely disabled son or daughter struggle to get any kind of a break from full time caring. This puts a huge strain on families and can drive carers to breaking point. If you can't get a break there are several things that you can do:
- Ask social services or your health trust to re-assess the needs of your family.
- Ask social services for a carers' assessment that focuses on your needs.
- If you are refused either of these assessments, you can use the complaints procedure of social services or the health trust.
- Ask your GP to write a letter explaining why you need a break. Send a copy of this letter to your social services department or health trust, and include it in any complaint you make.
- Make your struggle to get a break known to your local councillor and ask them to take up your case.
- Meet or write to your MP and ask them to take up your case locally.
- Join a campaigning group to push for more short breaks. Your local Carers Centre may be able to put you in touch with others in your position.
- Keep a diary of your week.This could help you to show your local authority why you need a break.
If you have been refused a break and feel under pressure, find out what to do if you feel close to breaking point.