Over the next few days, we’ll be posting some questions on our Facebook page about short breaks for carers. Please feel free to comment on these questions whether you are registered with Angus Carers Centre or not.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 introduces lots of changes for carers. Section 35 looks at Short Breaks for Carers.
The Act does not define what constitutes a short break but encourages authorities to use a broad definition such as Shared Care Scotland’s:
“A short break is any form of service or assistance which enables the carer(s) to have periods away from their caring routines or responsibilities”.
Who should be involved in producing the statement? This is where we need you!
There is a requirement to involve carers and carer representatives. Authorities may also wish to involve short break service providers when preparing the statement.
Authorities can also consider whether the statement is for both adult and young carers, or separate statements are produced.
To meet the legal requirements the statement must consider:
It’d be really helpful to get your views on the following points and there will be ongoing opportunity to have input in to the statement. Things think about might be hobbies, evening class, a break with or without the person you care for, replacement care, specialist accommodation or equipment.
1. What does a short break mean to you?
2. Where do you currently access info about short breaks?
3. What information would you want to know to help you make a decision about short breaks? E.g. local authority responsibility, charging, availability?
4. What are some of the challenges you face in getting a short break?
5. What would put you off arranging a break?
6. Planned v emergency short breaks? What has been your experience?
7. What are the benefits of a short break?
8. Support available – what would you want to see in this section of a statement?
Thank you all for contributions – if you have any other comments you would like to make please email email@example.com by Friday 16 November 2018.