Respite care is short-term, temporary support that allows people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the family members or carers who look after them, to have a break and a little time to themselves.
Respite care can be short-term residential care in a residential home or at a holiday location (for example breaks provided by Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder Care). Sometimes respite care can also be provided within the individual's own home (for example home care provided by Crossroads).
The carers charities can help with information on respite care, although possibly not specifically for people with MS.
The MS Society has a Short Breaks and Activities Fund (SBA Fund) that gives grants to help people with MS and carers access short breaks and respite care. For more on the SBA fund, visit the MS Society website
Last updated: April 2017
Last reviewed: April 2017
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