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"I can sit and knit, looking up at the mountains"

What’s important to Karen?

Karen cares for her husband who has dementia. They have always gone away to their caravan as they both enjoy being outside, spending time with people they have got to know over the years.

What would make a good break for Karen?

Karen enjoyed going to the caravan as it makes her feel “chilled out”. Being there gives her a rest as there is less housework to do than at home! She can get a rest as everything is at a slower pace. She just loves to sit outside and knit – looking up at the view. She has more social contact at the caravan park because over the years they have made friends with the other owners and her husbands relatives are from the area. She finds she feels healthier as she manages short walks every day.

How did Karen manage to get a break?

She applied for a grant to help towards the cost of the caravan site annual fees. She had recently had to give up her job to look after her husband so the extra funding was helpful in relieving the stress of not knowing if she would be able to pay for the fees this year.

"We have more social contact there"

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VOCAL Midlothian Carers Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3NX. Telephone 0131 663 6869. E Email – midlothian@vocal.org.uk  Scottish Charity: SC020755 Company registration: SC183050. Accessibility | Copyright & image credits | Privacy statement | Complaints policy | Disclaimer