When you are caring for someone, regular breaks from the physical and emotional demands put on you are essential. You need to let someone else take the responsibility for a while, have the chance to rest and also attend to your own needs and personal interests. If you don’t, your quality of life and well-being is likely to suffer.
We recognise that many carers are on low incomes. They cannot easily pay for replacement care or spend money on themselves.
If you are an unpaid carer living in East Lothian, and you are finding it difficult to afford a break from caring or a treat for yourself during the pandemic, then please contact us on 0131 665 0135 to discuss the support available.
Alternatively, you can download an application for a Breaks from Caring grant:
For carers looking after a loved one who is 21 or over:
For carers looking after a loved one who is under 21:
- Parent Carers Breaks from Caring Fund – Application Form 1 Jan to 31 March 2021
- Parent Carer Breaks from Caring Fund – Guidance Notes 1 Jan to 31 March 21
Carers of East Lothian’s Breaks from Caring Fund could offer you a grant of up to £250, subject to terms and conditions.