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:
- 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.