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Respite and short breaks services

Caring from someone can be demanding. The Health and Social Care Partnership may be able to help by providing a period of respite, or short break. 

Respite care can be:

  • a temporary place in residential accommodation
  • provision of an alternative qualified carer
  • a supported short break with a care provider

We have specialist residential respite facilities for:

  • adults with learning disabilities  
  • older people affected by dementia

We also provide respite for children. This is short-term care provided by someone other than the parents or usual carer. It is organised to suit the needs of the particular child and family. It can take place in a hospital, residential setting or in the child's own home. 

Short breaks for children affected by disability

Our IMPACCT (Involving More Parents and Carers and Children Together) service provides specialist short-breaks to children affected by:

  • disability
  • life-limiting conditions
  • complex healthcare needs

Care is provided by families in their own homes on a shared care basis.

Access respite care

Respite care is usually accessed through the cared for person's assessment. It can also be provided through a carer's assessment. Contact your Health and Social Care Partnership office to request an assessment.

Is there a charge?

Respite for children up to the age of 16 is free of charge.

Respite for adults and older people is subject to a flat rate charge paid by the person receiving respite according to their age. A sliding scale of charges applies. Your care manager will tell you about these charges.