An older couple enjoying a leisurely walk together in a sunlit park.

Independent Lives is proud to announce the continuation of its ‘Short Breaks’ respite service. This service has been providing carers of people with dementia with much-needed respite and day trips since 2018 and will now run until 2026.

The service, which is funded by West Sussex County Council, provides activities for older people, people with support needs and those living with dementia. The support Independent Lives provides allows carers some time and space to themselves.

Rebecca Smicle, Chief Executive of Independent Lives said:

“We are thrilled to be able to continue offering this essential service to carers of people with dementia in our community. Our carers respite service has been instrumental in providing carers with much-needed respite and allowing them to recharge and refresh. We are dedicated to ensuring that carers receive the support they need and deserve, and this continuation of our service demonstrates our commitment to that goal.”

A carers respite customer said:

“Before we found Independent Lives, things were getting difficult. Every open door seemed to close, people were turning us away, and we couldn’t find the support we needed. Now, my husband gets to leave the house a few days a week and take part in lots of different fun activities, and he’s always a completely different person when he gets home – so cheerful and more relaxed.”