CARERS: Respite is essential

This month we celebrate Carers’ Rights Day and it’s essential we support unpaid carers across the UK.

I work for Revitalise, an amazing charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and their carers. We understand the significance of being able to leave the stresses of everyday life behind, if only for a short while.

Most carers are entirely devoted to their loved ones, often working relentlessly to provide care and companionship for those they support.

It is a sobering thought that as you are reading this, there are carers up and down the country who each day are edging ever closer to breaking point but are simply too fearful to let go of their loved ones, even for a few days.

We’ve conducted some research and found that 80 per cent of carers said they found feelings of guilt to be a substantial barrier preventing them from accessing respite breaks for themselves and those they care for. As a result, a third of unpaid carers have never had any significant time away since they started caring.

In contrast, 100 per cent of carers agreed that taking proper breaks away are vital in sustaining a good relationship with those they care for, with nine out of 10 going on to say that it helped prevent the breakdown of the caring relationship. That’s why we want to shine a light on the enormous benefits of respite breaks and remind carers that help is at hand.

To find out about Revitalise, our breaks, or ways that we can help, call 0303 303 0147, or visit

Stephanie Stone