Why don’t you try? : Find out about short term respite care
There are lots of respite care options. They range from getting a volunteer to sit with the person you look after for a few hours, to a short stay in a care home so you can go on holiday.
The person you look after could go to a day care centre. Or, a paid carer could visit them at their home to look after them.
Your local council or local carers’ centre can give you information about local support.
Local councils will only fund respite care for people that they have assessed as needing it.
So if you want the council to pay for respite care for either yourself as a carer or the person you look after, it’s important that you both have an assessment.
- Carer’s should have a carer’s assessment.
- The person you’re looking after should have a needs assessment.
Even if they don’t want council funding, it’s still useful for the person you look after to have a needs assessment as it will say which type of respite care is most suitable.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Speak to your local authority, social worker team or local carers service this month about what is available in your local area and what is suitable for your requirements, Organise a carer’s assessment which includes eligibility for short term respite support,
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