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Short breaks for carers

Short breaks for carers (also known as respite) gives you time off from your caring role as well as enabling you to do something that you want to do for yourself.

Whether it's for a week, one morning a week or just occasionally. Various options are available and the person you care for will be looked after or supported by someone else.

Arranging a break

Care can be provided to the person you care for following an appropriate community care assessment. This can be arranged by contacting the Early Intervention and  Prevention Team on 0345 30 111 20 or email

Residential Respite

The person you are caring for stays in a care home while you are away. 

For more information, please contact the Early Intervention and  Prevention Team on 0345 30 111 20 or email

Flexible Residential Respite

Flexible Residential Respite allows you and the person you care for to select a care home which is part of our Flexible Respite Approved Providers (PDF) [12KB]  list and a number of nights of care is offered.

You don't have to take all the nights in one go.

Respite Voucher Scheme - Respite at home

Respite Vouchers provide the chance to have a few hours of care in the home of the person you care for. This will allow you to have time off from your routine and give you a break from caring.

For more information contact PKAVS on 01738 567076 or email

Support for Unpaid Carers

Watch the following short video for a brief outline of the help that is available in Perth & Kinross for unpaid carers

Hospital to Home for Carers - Advice for Carers in Perth & Kinross about what support is available when the person they care for goes into hospital.

Emergency Plans for Carers - A short video about Emergency Plans to help unpaid carers.

Joint Carers Strategy - Information about Perth & Kinross Joint Carers Strategy 2019-22.

Carer support

If you would like information on what benefits you may be entitled to as a carer, please see our Carer's Benefits page.

Last modified on 07 December 2021

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