What are your carer break options?

In issue 7 of Better Lives, we explained how we can support carers by funding ‘domiciliary’ care in the person’s home or a short stay in a residential or nursing home.

We are pleased to say that our carer breaks also include funding for day centre care.

Over the course of a year, we can fund one or a combination of the following types of support:
  • Up to ten hours per week of domiciliary care from a qualified carer
  • Up to six weeks in a residential care home
  • Up to two days per week at a day centre

We encourage everyone who comes to us for help to contact their local authority to arrange a care needs assessment, as it is important they are providing any care for which your loved one may be eligible.

However, don’t worry if you haven’t had a needs assessment – we can still consider support whilst an assessment is being arranged. The amount of support we can offer will depend on your financial situation.

What can’t we do?

Our carer breaks are focussed on the needs of the carer, to ensure that they are able to rest, with the knowledge that the person they care for is in safe hands. This means that we cannot fund care at home, for those who are not already receiving unpaid care from a loved one.

We are also unable to offer help towards permanent, convalescent or 24 hour live-in care.

Still confused?

Our Advice & Support Team (AST) can help you to explore the various care options available and choose what works best for you. They can also help you to access a carer’s assessment – different to a care needs assessment – any local authority funding available, and if appropriate, complete an application to the MCF.

With any state assessments, we recommend you checking with your local authority for their latest information and guidance on services.

Avril is a full-time carer to her husband, John.

“I’ve been caring for my husband for about four years now. He has dementia which is the hardest thing to cope with, but he is also diabetic and is a double leg amputee.

“It’s hard work, but physically I’m actually a very healthy, strong woman so I can manage. It’s the emotional side of things that really takes its toll.

“We’ve been together for 52 years, and for all those years before he became ill, we did everything together. As a family we would go caravanning and fishing. Then the children grew up and still, whatever we did, we did it as a couple; we were always hand in hand. Now he doesn’t go out, so I don’t really go out.

“John needs 24-hour care; he can’t be left for even 10 minutes, which means that I’m constantly on edge when it’s just the two of us.

“Both my husband and son are Freemasons, so the lodge were aware of our situation. We didn’t even have to ask for help, they just offered to put in an application on our behalf. It didn’t really occur to me to ask for assistance, so it was a wonderful surprise that they were so eager to help.

“The MCF pays for carers to come in to our home so that I can take a break. It’s brilliant in that it gives me  a rest so that I can stay strong. But to be honest, I still worry about him when I’m not there.

“It can be tough being a carer, but this is my job now, and I know that John would do the same for me.”

Sadly, John has now passed away  but we will be there for Avril and her family, should they need our support.

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