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?

    • Yourself
    • A relative
    • GP
    • 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.
  • Eligibility Criteria

    • 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.