respite care

The study aimed to establish the current state of knowledge about the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of respite services and short breaks for carers for people with dementia. The overall aim encompassed six objectives:
• to identify the range of services available for carers,
• to examine evidence from national and international published and grey
(unpublished) literature about effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of
respite services for carers of people with dementia,

This is a consultation that was carried out with 21 carers living in rural areas who have volunteered to talk on the phone, or had responded by email to a series of consultations from time to time, over a period of about 18 months. The aims were to make it as easy as possible for people in rural areas to take part and to ensure that the views and experience of carers in rural parts of Highland reach the people, both at local and national level, who make decisions about meeting carers’ needs.

‘It’s about time’ provides an overview of how local authorities in Scotland are approaching the planning of short break and respite care services. The research, carried out for Shared Care Scotland by Reid-Howie Associates Ltd, focuses on planning and provision within Adult and Older People’s Services.

Website for Crossroads Care, a British provider of support for carers and the people they care for. The organisation works with over 35,000 individuals and their families, helping carers make a life of their own outside caring.

Scottish charity website, which promotes and supports the development of short break services (also known as respite care) for the benefit of carers and the people they care for.

Directory of short break services throughout Scotland.

A collection of stories and reports from projects funded by Creative Breaks and Better Breaks.

Web resource that brings together a number of case studies to show the wide range of short breaks available.

Key topics include: breaks with friends; specialist support for young people with physical disabilities; activity based breaks; breaks for young carers; breaks for older people; breaks for couples together; breaks for people living alone; breaks for people who have to pay for their own break; breaks with additional support; breaks with families; breaks for people with dementia; and breaks of a few hours each week.

Report of a study which assessed the role of respite care for various groups including children with complex needs, adults with learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia sufferers and frail elderly people. It also identified the most appropriate outcome measures for use with these groups in the evaluation of respite care.