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Holiday breaks for adults with intellectual disabilities living with older carers

Summary: The evaluation of a project instigated by a voluntary group provided an opportunity to investigate the benefits of holiday breaks to both carers and participants. Feedback was obtained from over 100 people with intellectual disabilities through individual and group interviews, as well as from their carers using self-completed questionnaires.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Early onset dementia: living at home with nursing support

In this video we meet Jim and Janet Swift, both keen travellers until Janet was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58. Jim's account of their experience illustrates the widespread effect of a very rapid deterioration, and explores the sense of loss and loneliness that can be part of the caring role. His account also highlights the need for skilled, experienced support for carers – in this case provided by an Admiral Nurse - together with access to regular breaks from the caring role.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Shifting the balance of power? Short breaks for carers in Wolverhampton

Reports on a project in Wolverhampton which reviewed short break (respite care) services for carers and the projects progress so far. The project focused on carers of people in the age range of 18-65, where provision of short breaks was seen to be most in need of development. The project used action research methods and included involvement of a number of carer support groups. Accounts from 50 carers on their short break experiences and aspirations were also collected.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

The impact of organisational culture on the delivery of person-centred care in services providing respite care and short breaks for people with dementia

Ensuring the development and delivery of person-centred care in services providing respite care and short breaks for people with dementia and their carers has a number of challenges for health and social service providers. This article explores the role of organisational culture in barriers and facilitators to person-centred dementia care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Giving carers the right to claim support

Looks at a government backed private member's bill which is seeking to extend the rights of carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

'Time and space': carers' views about respite care

The needs of carers have become more visible since the Carers Recognition & Service Act (1995). Although the demand for respite care is apparent it has proven much harder to establish its precise benefits using quantitative analysis. Some studies have shown no benefit at all to carers and the only clear benefit to emerge from more elaborate randomized controlled trials is a modest reduction in caregiver distress. Quantitative instruments may miss some of the benefits.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Authorities fail to deliver on respite promise

In early 1999 the government announced money was to be spent on giving carers respite breaks. Reports on how the money, despite coming through to local authorities, has not reached the carers themselves.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Guidance on short breaks (CCD 4/2008)

This paper is about short breaks or respite care. It is written by the Scottish Government and COSLA, an organisation that speaks for all the local authorities in Scotland. This paper has been written to help people in Community Care Partnerships to make their short break service better for carers and the people they care for. This is an easy-read report, produced by ENABLE Scotland’s Accessible Information Unit.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Male and female care: a different experience?

Do male and female carers have different approaches to the caring role? Tina Fear presents the results of her two small qualitative studies.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Short break carers: be the big difference

Short films of short break carers providing short breaks to disabled children and young people are presented to highlight the rewards of becoming a short break carer. The films look at care in different settings, including: family-based short break carers; contract (fee paid) carers; sitters; outreach workers; and befrienders. The carers explain what they do, the support and training they receive and why they enjoy it.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10