CARERS in Ystradgynlais who look after friends or loved-ones are being offered free advice on respite relief by a care agency in the area next month.

Abacare is hosting a Respite Care Awareness Week from May 7 until 11 and will be advising people on the topic.

Sam Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, which has offices in Ystradgynlais, said: “There are many people in the area who are caring for family members alongside full-time jobs and family commitments, which can be extremely stressful.

“It is extremely important that a caregiver has their own life away from caring in order to normalise themselves, even if it’s just the chance to run errands or simply have a cuppa and stare out of the window.

"It’s also important they have social relationships to avoid depression and isolation and be able to talk to friends about non-care issues.

“They need to make sure they take some time to themselves to have a well-earned rest as looking after someone can often become physically and emotionally overwhelming, so we are inviting anyone who cares for a friend, neighbour or loved-one to call us on 01639 844155 to get some free advice on the different ways they can look after themselves and give themselves a break.

“We can also let people know about our respite relief services. As well as domiciliary and live-in care, we can also provide social care workers to individuals or families who require it on a temporary basis.

“Our team of experts will be standing by during Respite Care Awareness Week ready to answer any questions that people call in with. We hope the week will be very informative for anyone that is a carer themselves.”

The Respite Care Awareness Week will take place from Monday, May 7 until Friday, May 11.

For more information call 01639 844155 or visit