Short breaks or respite care for children with an acquired brain injury
This section talks about ways in which your family might be supported through short breaks.The pressures of any illness or condition can put a family under strain. Your local authority and charitable organisations in your area may offer some form of short breaks/respite care. Put simply, it’s about recognising that everyone needs a break from time-to-time.
Note: You may hear this kind of help from your local authority described as short breaks or respite care. This is because in recent years there has been a shift in the use of language. For the purposes of our information, we’ll talk in terms of ‘short breaks’. Since April 2011, local authorities have been under a duty to provide a short breaks service to carers of disabled children. Local authorities also have an obligation to publish the ‘eligibility criteria’ for short breaks. This should spell out who is able to receive short breaks in that area. Who is eligible can vary between different local authorities.1 Short breaks come in many different forms. They might be a chance for the family to get away together, or they may be a break for the child by themselves. Someone might take your child out for an activity one afternoon a week, or it may be more everyday care in the home.
It took the edge off everything ... It meant I had a bit more time to get on top of things. It might sound funny, but having a little bit of time to catch up on my reading made a big difference."Parent's experienceThe break might last a few hours, a whole weekend, or anything in between. It might take place at a unit with staff on-hand to help out, or may simply take the form of an activity one afternoon.