What is respite?
- the person you are caring for going into a residential setting for a short stay
- having other carers come to your home to help with tasks while you're there
- having a substitute carer come to your home allowing you to go out, a befriending service may provide this option
- the person you care for joining in with organised outings and activities outside the home in the care of another organisation
- going on holiday, either with or without the person you care for
How respite is arranged and paid for depends on your individual circumstances. More details about respite funders and providers are listed below.
Comhairle Respite Policy for Children and Families
The Comhairle have developed a Respite Policy for Children and Families to set out the steps by which you may be eligible for support.
Funding and Providers
If you have received a carers assessment which has identified that you would benefit from a break from caring, respite care may be put in place to meet this need. The Comhairle will work with you to develop a support plan and a corresponding budget.
You can then choose how you wish to use your budget to meet your respite needs. You may take a direct payment or ask the Comhairle to arrange the break for you. As a carer you are entitled to access the options set out under Self Directed Support if you have been assessed as eligible.
You can also fund respite in other ways, such as through grants from charities or benevolent organisations, discount or low cost holiday schemes, or with the assistance of family and friends or by financing it yourself. Below are some funders which you may be able to provide full or part contributions toward respite, along with autism specific providers.
Shared Care Scotland
Shared Care Scotland works to improve the quality, choice and availability of short breaks (respite care) provision across Scotland for people with support needs and caring responsibilities, with over 20 years’ experience.
Use their search engine to find a range of providers to meet your respite needs, as well as potential funders.
Take a Break Scotland
Take a Break is Scotland’s short break fund for disabled children, young people and their families. Take a Break grants can be used for a break away, towards leisure activities or outings; sports equipment and much, much more.
Autism Short Breaks
Autism Short Breaks is a partnership project delivered by Autism Initiatives, The National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism. The funding from the project is from the Short Breaks Fund administered by Shared Care Scotland.
The fund is designed to give you control over your Short Break and they welcome applications for as wide a variety of Short Break ideas as possible. Grants of up to £300 are available for carers of autistic adults over the age of 16.
* a new round of funding will be available in September 2016*
Scottish Autism respite provision
Scottish Autism can provide a range of services to support both children and adults with autism, allowing carers to receive a short break. Breaks are flexible and available all year round to suit your needs.
National Autistic Society short breaks
The National Autistic Society has a base in Glasgow to provide short breaks to adults with autism. They have services elsewhere in the UK suitable for children and young people.
Macaulay College provides people of all ages with additional social and educational requirements with a programme of activities that encourages them to have meaningful and fulfilling working and social lives. The educational strategy has been developed to enable Macaulay College students to achieve their full potential and reach person specific targets, whilst enriching both their working and social lives.
Action for Children Hillcrest Residential Respite
Funded by the Comhairle and regulated by the Care Inspectorate, Hillcrest is a residential home based in Stornoway for Looked After children and young people who for various reasons need to be accommodated. Young people are assessed and individual care plans are drawn up in consultation with them, their families and partner agencies.