I'm having problems getting respite care I can book in advance. I just want to take one holiday per year so I can go away with my brother and his family. All homes in my area only take bookings at short notice, this means I can never book a holiday in advance or make plans. I cannot expect my brother and his family to be given less than 2 weeks notice and hang around waiting for a decision that a home has a place. I've tried everywhere and Social Services say the same.
Can anyone help me, this is really causing me to be down and feel like I'm putting my life on hold
That sounds very frustrating. Does anyone have any tips for Nadine on getting respite?
This might be of interest to you, I just received the latest 'new directions' newsletter from Crossroads, in it there is an article about a man from Essex who wanted to climb Snowdon. He found out that Essex County Council will fund respite care anywhere, he contacted Crossroads in Wales and arranged periods of respite care for his wife.
Would homes in the area where you want to holiday be more flexible than those near you, at worst just have periods of respite care during your holiday. Might not be what you have in mind but worth a thought. A complete break would be more desirable to recharge the batteries.
This situation sounds very frustrating and it’s understandable that this would cause you to feel down.
We do have some information on how to get a break on our website here: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/looking-after-you/taking-a-... but it sounds like you may need more assistance due to the problems you’ve had woth booking in advance.
I noticed from your profile that you are based in Plymouth, and we actually have a Carers UK branch there. It is run by a lady called Kay O'Shaughnessy, and I would suggest that you contact her about this problem. She may know more about the issue, or be able to work towards resolving it. Contact details are on our website here: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/finding-help-where-you-live...
We also have an Adviceline, run by experts with an extensive amount of experience in dealing with the problems carers face. Again, they may be able to help you resolve this issue. You can find out more about our Adviceline here: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/directory-of-national-organ...
I hope this helps,
Thank you Lucy I will try this
It has taken me months and months of feeling selfish and just when I finally stop feeling guilty and realise it's perfectly ok for me to have a break I hit this hurdle. Hopefully I can sort something
Good luck. I know what a horrible feeling it is.
Thank you Jill