Planned respite care or emergency temporary care can be provided to carers of a child or adult. Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid carers. Respite also provides a positive experience for the person receiving care. 

You or during your assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Taking a break from your caring role is important and enables you to look after your own health and wellbeing. Organising respite can be tricky, but there are different options available to you. 

Read our 'Take a Break Menu' to see what respite options are available.

Take a Break Menu

“Me and my daughter gain so much from the respite scheme, “Bridging The Gap”; it gives my daughter independence and allows me some time to myself.”  

Bridging The Gap

Bridging the Gap is designed to support you as a carer, providing a flexible break to suit your needs. It can also be used to ‘try out’ care services as a stepping stone to having care within the home (dependent on social services assessment). Bridging the Gap can be used quickly if you have an urgent need of respite care. The respite scheme, Bridging The Gap is run in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. 

The Clocktower is one of the Bridging the Gap providers.

Bridging The Gap can be used to take a break to suit your own needs. Some examples include: 

  • Attend a non-medical appointment 
  • Go to a wedding 
  • Move house 
  • Meet up with friends 
  • Attend a funeral 
  • Visit the hairdressers 
  • Attend a NEWCIS event  

Health Respite 

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has funded Carers Trust North Wales to provide short term respite for carers who have a short term health need, enabling carers to maintain their carer role. Enabling carers to take care of their own health needs, be it a medical appointment, treatment, optician or dental appointment, or just if they are generally feeling unwell and need some support to keep themselves and the person they care for at home. It can also be used post operatively by carers. The service is available for any 12 weeks over a 12 month period, between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. 

Health Respite Leaflet  

Sitting Service 

You or your assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Taking a break from your caring role is as important as the care you provide. It ensures you have the time and the space to look after your own health and wellbeing. This break from the caring role is often referred to as respite. Organising respite can be confusing, but there are different options available to you.

If you are a Denbighshire resident the local authority offer a sitting service, this service offers carers up to 3 hours per week respite. To access this service you would need to have a what matters conversation with a carer needs assessor, the decision to gain a service is taken by a board (panel) of specialised workers to make a decision on if this can be authorised. The panel will also look at personal budgets to see if this is more suitable to your needs.  Please contact SPoA Denbighshire on 0300 4561000.

Overnight Care 

Accessing overnight care via social services can be very challenging as the need for support has to be substantial and through the night. The provision of overnight care is based up on need and you would need to discuss this with your social worker. Should you wish to access this privately the local authority has an Approved Providers List, on this list are all the care homes and agencies the local authority approves to facilitate care either in your own home or at approved residential/nursing homes.