Providing constant, daily care for a person can be demanding on the carer and some respite may be needed from time to time.
In light of this, the carer can take a break from caring for up to 63 days each calendar year without affecting their Carer Payment.
Respite care facilities can cater for these short-term breaks, by looking after the person requiring care whilst the carer absence.
However, once the 63 day threshold has been reached, the Carer Payment may cease. Other conditions apply if the person receiving care is in hospital temporarily.