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Short Breaks

Short Breaks


What is a Short Break?

If you are caring for someone, you may feel the need of a short break from providing care. In some circumstances, there are services you can access to give you time away from your caring responsibilities. This used to be called “respite”, or “respite care”.


How do I get this service?

Many of the services available through Adult Social Care services require an “assessment”. This is a series of questions about the help the person you care for needs, and about how your life is affected by providing care for that person. The assessment, or assessments, will help you to put together a “support plan” for the person you care for.


What Short Break services are available?

Some of the services available are:

·        Carer’s Support Scheme

·        Carer’s Support Fund

·        Dementia/Alzheimer’s Carer’s Short Breaks

·        Mental Health Carer’s Short Breaks

·        Someone to help you in the home (not included below – you probably have already)



Dementia/Alzheimer’s Carer’s Short Breaks


What is it?

Leicestershire County Council has a regular short breaks service for carers of people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease to have time away from their caring responsibilities.


Dementia Carer’s Short Breaks


·        The service is for people caring for someone over 65 with Dementia

·        It provides support for the cared for person in their own home, or in their local community. It can be used flexibly to give carers time off to do the things they need to do.

·        Carers can use up to a maximum of 8 hours a week, which can be taken flexibly between 8am and 11pm, 7 days a week

·        The service is provided by Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland (contact Jacqui Guyon on 0116 2992242 for more information)

·        There is no charge for the service

·        Referral is via the Community Mental Health Teams


Alzheimer’s Befriending Support


·        The service is for people caring for someone under 65 with Alzheimer’s Disease

·        The service provides different types of support for the person being cared for. It can be used flexibly to give carers time off to do the things they need to do. The service can offer:

o   Companionship

o   Emotional support

o   Help to attend events

o   Trips out

·        The service is run by the Side by Side Project, part of the Alzheimer’s Society (contact Suna Tilley on 0116 231 1113 for more information)



Referral to both is via Community Mental Health Teams/Adult Social Care.



Mental Health Carer’s Short Breaks Service


People caring for someone with mental health problems can receive regular short breaks via this service.


·        The service provides support at home or in the community

·        It is a flexible service offering a maximum of 8 hours a week, depending on the results of any assessments carried out

·        The service is provided by Rethink, 7 days a week, up to 10pm. Includes bank holidays

·        The service is available in Charnwood, Hinckley, Melton and North West Leicestershire


(further checks required – information gap)