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Book

Relief care in the Malvern Hills area: a users' perspective

Author:
HEREFORD AND WORCESTER. Social Services Department
Publisher:
Hereford and Worcester. Social Services Department
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
46p.,diags.
Place of publication:
Worcester

Survey of service and potential service users, designed to aid decision making for the future organisation of relief care services.

Book

Respite family care and mental handicap in Newcastle: an evaluation of the FACE and STOP schemes

Authors:
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CITY COUNCIL. Policy Services Department, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CITY COUNCIL. Social Services Department
Publisher:
Newcastle. Policy Services Department/Newcastle. Social Services Department
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
62p. + app., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Journal article

Respite and parental relinquishment of care: a comprehensive review of the available literature

Authors:
NANKERVIS Karen L., ROSEWARNE Andrea C., VASSOS Maria V.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 8(3), September 2011, pp.150-162.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Families often have to relinquish care of a family member with a disability. The disabled person is often placed in respite care until suitable permanent accommodation is organised or they are able to return home. This literature review examined the issues associated with the need for urgent respite and how this need may link to relinquishment of care. Findings indicated that many families and carers feel that their respite needs are not being met and that certain individual and family characteristics are associated with need for urgent respite (such as severe disability, poor support, and carer distress). Relinquishment involving other client groups' suggests increased requests for respite being an early warning sign for relinquishment. It also notes that challenging behaviours, poor coping and lack of support, dire financial concerns, and carer distress are factors that often lead to relinquishment. Interventions such as active support and cognitive behavioural therapy can support families who are considering relinquishment or have relinquished care. Empirically based information regarding relinquishment of care involving people with intellectual disabilities is limited. The authors urge further research into this issue to aid the identification of strategies to more effectively support families.

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A host of opportunities: second NHSN survey of family based short break schemes for children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities in the Republic of Ireland

Author:
HANRAHAN Des
Publisher:
National Home-sharing and Short Breaks Network
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
70p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Mullingar

The National Home-Sharing and Short Breaks Network is an association which supports the use, promotion and provision of host family based services for Irish citizens with intellectual disability, physical disability and autism. While the majority of respite services are centre based, the family-based model of providing short breaks to people with disabilities involves recruiting approved individuals, couples and families who agree to provide personalised breaks in their own homes as an alternative to traditional residential respite. In this report the terms short breaks with volunteer host families or paid contract families, and home sharing provided by host families are used in place of respite care and residential care respectively.  The report describes the methodology for the questionnaire based survey of 30 schemes, run by 12 separate organisations, that provided overnight breaks with host families. It presents information from the survey about the hosts, the guests, and other issues. It concludes with a discussion of the findings, and makes recommendations for policy makers, managers and further research.

Journal article

'Pick and mix': supporting carers to have a break

Author:
THOMPSON Alison
Journal article citation:
Community Connecting, 22, September 2009, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Community Connecting

The short break services provided by Heritage Care to help both people with learning disabilities and their carers is presented. The article explains how the introduction of personal budgets (including Individualised Service Funds) has enabled the organisation to develop more customised and flexible services. The organisation provides both residential and outreach services.

Journal article

Give us a break

Authors:
JONES Vicky, SOUZA Anya, SUMMERS Jessica
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 24.8.95, 1995, p.4.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Short-term care provides rewarding experiences for service users and carers alike.

Journal article

Time out

Author:
MARCHANT Catriona
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 2.12.93, 1993, p.8.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Respite care offers a much needed break for families of people with learning difficulties. The Natural Breaks project is a joint initiative between Liverpool SSD, MENCAP and the health authority. It focuses on enabling people with learning difficulties to use their chosen community and leisure facilities.

Journal article

An overview of short term care services for people with learning difficulties

Author:
STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Social Services Research, 4, 1992, pp.25-30.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

Summarises some of the main features of short term care services, including their value base, range and type of facilities available, and organisational aspects. The likely implications of recent legislation for the development of short term care are then discusses, and reference is made to family support services in Europe.

Book

They keep going away: a critical study of short term residential care services for children with learning difficulties

Author:
OSWIN Maureen
Publisher:
King's Fund
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
275p.
Place of publication:
London

Describes the history of respite care for children with learning difficulties, relates the experience of parents and staff, and gives guidelines on improving standards of care.

Book

Respite care: summaries and suggestions; final report to the Department of Health

Authors:
ROBINSON Carol, STALKER Kirsten
Publisher:
University of Bristol. Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
30p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Final summary report of a 3 year study into respite care services for children and young people (up to age 20) with a range of disabilities, but particularly severe learning difficulties.

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