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Carers Support Scheme

Carer’s Support Scheme (Learning Disabilities)

This service helps carers (usually family or friends) of adults with learning disabilities. It offers a short break from the caring role, either in the home of the cared for person or out in the community.


Who can use the service?

·        Carers looking after an adult aged 18-64 with learning disabilities who lives in the County of Leicestershire

·        Their caring role will be having a significant impact on their life.


How does it work?

·        A social worker will “assess” the carer’s needs for this service. The assessment will be used to agree a set number of hours to be taken in any four week period. Each session must be at least two hours long.


·        Any hours not used in any four week period cannot be used at a later time


·        All costs for activities outside of the home will be paid for by the carer – whether for the cared for person or the support worker


·        The social worker will find a service provider who can meet the needs of the cared for person. The service is open seven days a week between 7am and 10pm, including on Bank Holidays.


·        The principle behind the service is that the service provider will take over the caring role, giving the level of supervision and/or support that the carer would normally give.


·        Carers need to give seven days’ notice for any short breaks requests. If the carer needs a break at shorter notice, the provider will try to meet the request, but does not have to.


·        Carers need to give at least 24 hours’ notice of any need to cancel a short break