Short breaks or respite care for adults with learning disabilities

Short breaks or respite care for adults with learning disabilities includes:

  • planned short breaks away from the home involving social and leisure activities based on your needs and identified in your personal plan
  • emergency short term break to support families in crisis
  • an environment where you can continue to develop your skills and abilities
  • innovative respite – respite breaks can be arranged in the community eg in a hotel or bed and breakfast. More information and advice is available through the Short Breaks Bureau

 

If you think you, or the person you are caring for, would like to use the short breaks service, please contact your local social work office and ask for an assessment for a short break.

You will be invited to visit the short break unit with your family, or a person of your choice, to have a look around, chat to staff and ask any questions that may concern you.

 

Your personal plan

Together, we will make a personal plan that will let us know more about you, such as:

  • things you like to do, routines
  • how you make yourself understood
  • things you need help with, like personal care or taking medication
  • your health
  • what you like to be called
  • what you like and don’t like to eat and drink

 

Whilst you are staying with the short break service you will be able to make your own choices and we are always interested to hear your ideas. Some negotiation and compromise may have to be made when sharing the respite with other service users.

The short breaks units are staffed 24 hours a day, so help is always available if needed, at any time - you just need to ask.

The short breaks service is regulated by the Care Inspectorate.

 

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Your accommodation

You will be able to lock your bedroom door and no one will enter your room without asking you first. You can keep your money safe in a lockable facility in your bedroom or if you would prefer, staff will look after it.

You are welcome to bring in your own things, such as soft toys, photos to help you feel more at home. Please do not bring goods of extreme value, as we cannot take responsibility for their safety. There are TVs and CD players for your use.

Meal times are flexible, and all types of diet can be catered for. You are encouraged to go out to help with the shopping as well as preparing the meals. You can also use the kitchen to prepare small snacks, tea, coffee and juice with the appropriate support.

We will ask you to sign an occupancy agreement. This gives more details about the terms and conditions of a respite stay.

 

Your health

Arrangements are in place with local services should you require and healthcare during your stay.

It is very important that if you take medication you bring it with you to the short breaks service.

Staff are experienced in handling medication. If you normally look after your own then you can continue to do so. There is a locked facility in your bedroom for this purpose. No unauthorised drugs or substances can be taken to the unit.

 

Useful information

  • Remember to bring your dressing gown and slippers with you. You will also need changes of clothing to wear during your stay
  • You will need to bring in personal toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
  • Alcohol is not permitted at short break services
  • There is a no smoking policy which means you cannot smoke in the house
  • Spending money will be necessary to pay for coffees, ice-creams and meals on outings
  • If you have a travel concession or companion card you should bring it with you
  • You are welcome to use the telephone but please ask a member of staff first
  • Friends and family are welcome to visit during your stay, but please let a member of staff know when they will be coming in case you are busy or out for the day
  • No pets
  • You will be given information about what to do if there is a fire or other emergency

 

Your contact person

It is very important that you have a named contact person who knows you very well and understands your needs. If you needed to go into hospital or be collected in case of an emergency such as a lengthy power cut, your contact person should be available to be with you as soon as possible.

 

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Short breaks support packages

The amount of short breaks each service user and their family receive will depend on your individual needs and your home or family situation. The amount is assessed by the care manager and negotiated with the appropriate short break resource.

If you are a service user and are thinking about a short break, contact your local social work office for more information. You can also contact the list of agencies for more information on accessing specific short breaks.

 

Agencies

There are several agencies within Aberdeenshire who provide short break services to adults:

 

Adult placement scheme

These are short breaks within a carer’s own home. You're matched to a carer through assessment and you have planned stays in the carer’s home.

Contact: Team Manager – Adult Placement Scheme

Carlton House (map), Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DL
Telephone: 01569 768418

 

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Short break units

Highfield Bungalow, Residential Short Break Unit, Banchory

This unit is registered with four beds and provides short breaks to both adults and children but at separate times. The unit is adapted for people with physical disabilities including hoist system and adapted bathroom.

Contact: Manager

58 Highfield Avenue (map), Banchory, AB31 4FB
Telephone: 01330 823434

 

Robertson Road, Residential Short Break Unit, Fraserburgh

This unit is registered with four beds and provides short breaks to both adults and children but at separate times. The unit is adapted for people with physical disabilities including hoist system and adapted bathroom.

Contact: Manager

Robertson Road (map), Fraserburgh, AB43 9BF
Telephone: 01346 512447

 

Seafield Road, Residential Short Break Unit, Peterhead

This unit is registered with three beds for adults.

Contact: Manager

6 Seafield Road (map), Peterhead, AB42 2XS
Telephone: 01779 477192

 

Willowbank, Short Break Bungalow, Peterhead

This unit is registered with four beds and provides respite to both adults and children, but at separate times. The unit is adapted for people with physical disabilities including hoist system and adapted bathroom.

Contact: Manager

Willowbank Respite Bungalow (map), Glendaveny, Peterhead, AB42 3DY
Telephone: 01779 838917

 

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Archway

Archway is a registered charity providing short breaks for children and adults with learning disabilities. They began in 1983 as a working group of parents and friends concerned to develop a respite service for people with learning disabilities.

Contact:

Archway, 71 Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2SH
Telephone: 01224 625595
Email: archway@archway.org.uk

 

Inspire

Inspire is a registered charity established in 1988 in Aberdeen, with offices throughout Aberdeenshire. Inspire aims to offer opportunities for an excellent quality of life to people with learning disabilities in North East Scotland.

Contact:

Inspire, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen, AB24 5HP
Telephone: 01224 280005
Email: info@inspiremail.org.uk

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