Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.

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Breaks and respite for unpaid carers

Support is available to enable you to have a break from caring responsibilities.

Reopening of adult day centre services/residential respite for children and adults

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the Minister for Children and Young People wrote to Health and Social Care Partnerships and others on 3 August advising that registered day care and stand-alone residential respite services can re-open, subject to local sign-off.

In making these local decisions, statutory authorities will be balancing the need to keep people safe from infection with the benefits for both supported people and those who have been providing intensive unpaid care.

If you, or someone you care for, attends a service which is registered with the Care Inspectorate, it should already have received this advice and guidance on re-opening. We are encouraging statutory partners, providers, supported people and carers to work together to adapt and re-open services where it is safe to do so. If you want to find out more about the status of your service, you should get in contact with them directly.

Unpaid carers can also contact their local carers centre to find out about local and national short break opportunities.

Short Breaks Fund

The Short Breaks Fund complements any support provided by local authorities and statutory agencies, and is administered by Shared Care Scotland and Family Fund.

You can get information about short breaks that can be accessed from home, including phone support services, online forums, online subscriptions and distance learning at the Shared Care Scotland website. You can also get information on Shared Care Scotland's social media channels: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

You can also call Shared Care Scotland on 01383 622462 or email

Time to live

If you need help funding any of these alternative short break options, your local Time to Live partner might be able to help. We have given additional funding to the Time to Live fund to support all carers, including parent carers, during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out who delivers Time to Live in your area.

Further advice for parent carers can be found at the Parent Club website.

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