Short break and respite services offer a range of activities to give parent carers of disabled children a break from caring. The aim is to support parent carers to continue to care for their disabled children at home and to enable them to do so more effectively.
A range of short break services are provided at weekends, after school, during the school holidays, and overnight. These include:
- group activity clubs at weekend, evening and during holiday
- short term befriending services
- direct payments
- overnight care
We provide short breaks (sometimes called respite care) to help carers, and the person they care for, to take a break. We also provide short breaks for people who don’t have a carer to support them and maintain their independence.
A break can be for a few hours or a few days, depending on whether the carer needs time to attend an appointment, to have an operation or for a rest so they feel able to continue caring for someone. Longer breaks may take place in a care home or with a carefully selected family, or a live in carer may be arranged.
Types of respite care
There are a several ways you can take a short break:
- residential respite - the cared for person is looked after by someone else for a while, either in residential care home or nursing care or on holiday
- care at home - someone comes to stay in the home of the cared for person and takes over care for a while (for a few hours or sometimes overnight) so the carer can go out or have some time on their own
- activities - the cared for person can be helped to take part in activities outside the home, for instance at a social centre or day care centre
Making Space Sheffield carer respite
Making Space workers can provide care while the carer goes shopping, visits family or friends, attends hospital appointments and so on. How the support is provided is up to the carer and the person they care for.
We may provide respite care as part of your support, if your assessment shows you have critical or substantial social care needs. How to get support. We may also provide respite care to support a carer, ask for a Carer's Needs Assessment. As part of planning your support, we will carry out a financial assessment to work out how much you can afford to pay towards your support.
2017-18 Grant Programme
The Short Break Grant Programme provides a one off payment, up to a maximum of £400 per family, to help parents/carers of disabled children and young people to have a short break from their caring responsibilities (eg gym membership; day trips; contribution to a holiday; cinema tickets, etc). The break is intended for parent carers who need support to be able to continue to care for their child or young person at home, as well as allow them to do so more effectively.
We accept applications from parents or carers who have a disabled child aged 0-19, where the parent/carer is a resident of Sheffield and where Sheffield City Council has a responsibility for the child/young person (eg education).
2017-18 Grant Programme open
If you are a parent or carer of a disabled child or young person, you are now able to apply for a Short Break Grant for the year 2017-18.
Receiving a Short Break Grant
If you received a grant last year you will automatically receive an application form over the next few days. If you have not received a grant last year please download an application form. Please ensure you read the guidance notes before filling in the form.
Applications will be accepted until 31 December 2017, and all money must be spent on activities or short breaks which are taken by 31 March 2018.
All applications are processed in strict date order of when they are received. We are unable to ‘fast track’ any applications. Please allow at least 6 weeks for your application to be processed.
If you have want more information, please see the Guidance Notes or contact Sheffield SEN & Disability Information, Advice & Support on 0114 273 6009.