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Arrange a break from caring

Emergency help

Carers often worry about what will happen if, at short notice, they are unable to care.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire will help you to discuss, develop and implement your own emergency plan so that you can arrange care at short notice.

Once your Emergency Plan has been completed and signed it is backed up by:

  • a 24-hour telephone line 0800 169 1577
  • information about other services available
  • up to 48 hours of care services free of charge in the event of an emergency
  • a carer's emergency card.
Carer’s emergency card

This card, which includes emergency contact numbers, should be carried in your bag or wallet. In the event of an accident, this would help alert police officers, the ambulance service or other emergency response staff to the fact that there is also someone else in need of help.
Complete and print a copy of the carer's emergency card now.

Respite breaks and Day Care

Short break services and Day opportunities

You can search our Community Directory to find local organisation offering breaks for carers and day opportunities.

Care at home

If you need a short break during the day, use our care at home search  to find providers who offer a ‘sitting service’. You can also search for live-in help to allow you to go away (overnight or for a longer break or holiday).

Local care homes

Many care homes offer short stay care if you need a break. Use our care homes search and select 'Short stay' (respite) under admissions.

You can also search for care homes which offer day care for non-residents (this might be informal day care, joining in with the daily activities of the residents, or formal, organised day care services)..


If the person you look after needs special care whilst on holiday, due to disability or other conditions, there are specialist care holiday organisations. For information, visit our holidays page

Help from Hampshire County Council

The Take a Break service can only be accessed via the Adults' Health and Care department through a carer's assessment and is provided, under contract, by a range of providers throughout Hampshire

Last reviewed: 11/05/2018

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