Tell me about the short breaks service (respite care)
Short breaks can offer carers a break from the ongoing responsibility of caring for:
- An ill, frail or disabled adult who is being looked after at home by providing a short stay in a Residential or Nursing Home, Extra Care facility or Hospital for the cared-for person according to need.
- This can be a planned break for a carer, or can be arranged as a result of an emergency situation.
- Short breaks can be provided for a maximum of 4 hours per week within the home. This could be a regular or intermittent service dependant on need.
- For individuals requiring a short break up to four weeks annually provision can be made in residential or nursing care, subject to availability.
- At times of critical illness, overnight short break provision may be available. The professional working with you will arrange this, subject to availability.
- Service users who are registered with the Learning Disability Services will receive their short break from that service. For more information please call 01481 230026.
Who can refer for a short break?
- A relative
- Community Nurse
- Adult Community Services
Who do I refer to?
- 18 - 65 years please contact the Community Disability Team on 230000
- Over 65 years please contact the Community Services Team on 725241
- For individuals with a learning difficulty please contact the Adult Disability Team on 230000
If a referral has been accepted, a full assessment of a person's care needs will be undertaken by a health & social care professional.
- There is respite provision at the following settings, subject to availability and individual care needs:
- La Nouvelle Maritaine, Rosaire Court and Le Grand Courtil extra-care facilities
- Private nursing & residential homes
- The Duchess of Kent House
Social Security will normally pay for up to 4 weeks short breaks care a year. In most cases there is no charge for this service.
- However, there may be an additional daily charge made by some of the private homes. This will be a private agreement between the customer and provider.
- Short breaks are funded through the Long-term Care Benefit. To be eligible the person requiring care from the short breaks service must:
- Have been assessed as being in need of care which could be provided in a private residential care or private nursing home
- Be in possession of a valid Needs Assessment Panel Certificate, issues by Health and Social Care, and have a bed in a home (a certificate from the Needs Assessment Panel is not a guarantee of a bed)
- Has at any time, lived in Guernsey or Alderney for a continuous period of 5 years and;
- Has lived in Guernsey or Alderney for at least 12 months, immediately prior to claiming Long-term Care Benefit
- For further information about the Long-term Care Benefit please visit: https://www.gov.gg/longtermcarebenefit
Voluntary Sector Provision
- Some of the charities in Guernsey may provide support with a sitting service therefore it would be useful to make contact with a relevant charity. Please check the charities section on the website for contact details.