Some carers, following a Carers Assessment, are offered respite as they are assessed as needing a regular or semi regular break from their caring role.
From April 2015 Lancashire County Council introduced 3 ways you can receive respite.
This can be used if you already know which provider you want to use to have your short break - you book the dates you want direct with the provider
Planned Episodes of Care
This can be used if you know where and when you require your short break and these are within a residential or nursing home. Your Social Worker will book the break and arrange to pay the provider.
Payment for your short break entitlement will be made on a prepayment card so you can pay the provider directly. Money will be put on the card every four weeks.
For more information contact the Customer Access Centre on 0300 123 6720.
Sourcing replacement care can sometimes seem like a challenge, however Lancashire County Council has a service to help you. The ‘Care Navigation Team’ can be used to:
Help you understand and use your Respite or Direct Payments
Help you to find suitable approved care agencies, care homes or other social care providers
Help you to book or arrange care
Help you to book one-off or longer term respite
For more information, or to use the Care Navigation Team Service, please call 0300 123 6720.