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Organising friends and family to help

Are there other people who would be willing and able to help you look after the person needing care?
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Respite help from friends and family

Respite help from friends and family


Does the person you’re caring for have any other relatives or friends who might be willing to share caring responsibilities with you? Maybe they could take on caring duties for a regular day a week? Or for a week or two while you go on holiday?


This could be an opportunity for you and the person you care for to take a break from one another, and for them to spend quality time with other friends or family members.


Friends and family might temporarily move into the cared-for person’s house or invite them to visit for a short period. If the person you usually care for is considering staying somewhere else, there are a few things to consider:

  • Is the property they plan to stay at suitable for their needs? For example, if they have mobility difficulties will they be able to access the property and get around?
  • Will they be able to sleep on the ground floor or get upstairs?
  • How easy will it be for them to use the bathroom? How will they get there and back?
  • Will they be able to access all the medicines and medical supplies that they need?

Make sure they take adequate supplies or the person looking after them knows where to get them.


If you plan to ask another family member or a friend to share caring responsibilities, make sure that the person needing care is willing to accept the arrangements. Is there one family member that they would prefer to stay with than another?

Further reading

Planning respite care

The importance of planning ahead, how to access local authority respite care and choosing respite care.

Respite holidays

There are lots of options available for respite holidays – from specialist centres that provide holidays for people ...

Financing respite care

There are several options open to you when it comes to financing respite care, such as funding from the local ...

Last updated: 26 Apr 2019