All carers need a break from caring time for themselves, when they can do what they want. This break could be for a few hours, days or a longer period and it could be on a regular or occasional basis.
Such a break, also known as respite care or a short break, can be invaluable to help carers recharge their batteries. Respite may also be arranged as an emergency if care arrangements break down at home.
If a carer is needing a supported break, they can request an assessment of their needs from the Community Care Assessment Teams (adults) or the Child Care Team, who will agree a respite plan with the carer and the person they care for.
When the respite plan has been agreed a financial assessment will determine your contribution towards the cost. A contribution may also be charged for ongoing services where care or support is provided on a regular basis at home to give the carer a break.
This gives regular carers and family a break from caring for short periods during the week or at weekends. This can be arranged in the home or the person can be taken out and about locally. This type of respite can be planned to occur at regular times with some flexibility to suit individual needs.
The cared-for person might be provided with a local place to stay to give the carer a break. This might be in a care home or supported accommodation, for example Ludgate House in Alloa offers short term care to older people to give carers a break. 4 respite beds are available in a refurbished facility with ensuite facilities.
There are 2 respite houses, where care can be provided, in the local community for use by people with a learning and/or physical disability.
Respite care in specialist accommodation outside Clackmannanshire can be arranged when an assessment identifies a particular need that cannot be met locally.
Persons who wish to be considered for Respite Care need firstly to be assessed by a member of staff from the Community Care Assessment Teams. If, however, you would like to have an informal discussion before contacting the Care Team, please contact us using the details below.
Service Manager - Adult Assessment, Adult Care
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452498 / 450000