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:
Sometimes respite care can also be provided within the individual's own home. For example home care provided by:
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
Information for carers
Find out what help and sources of support are there for family members or friends caring for someone with MS.
Care in the NHS
Take a look at the route that a person with multiple sclerosis might take through healthcare services in the UK, beginning with a GP or nurse, and through to more specialist services.
Social care can help people with MS to live as well as possible, by providing help in the home, in residential care or through respite breaks.