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Short Term Breaks & Respite Facilities

Even if you choose to stay at home there may be a need to have occasional breaks. This is especially important if there is someone, a relative or friend, who normally provides care for you or who organises your support services. Respite care can be for a week or two weeks, or for shorter periods. A local care home may offer respite care.

It is also possible to arrange for a short term live-in service, which may be particularly appropriate if the main objective is to provide a break for a carer – see Live-in Services ). If you organise respite care through the social services department you may get financial assistance to cover, or contribute to, the cost – see Funding your Choice.

Another option might be a respite holiday. There are organisations which offer holidays with support, probably the best known of which is The Winged Fellowship Trust (Tel: 020 7833 2594) which has 5 UK centres and an extensive world wide holiday programme. The centres are equipped to be fully accessible with excellent facilities including swimming pools, bars and good food. The Parkinson’s Disease Society has also produced an excellent guide to holidays. Some are specifically suitable for people with PD, but many are suitable for anyone with a disability or care needs.

The British Legion operates three Welfare Break Centres for people from the ex-Services community and their carers – usually for fortnightly stays:

SOMERSET LEGION HOUSE WELFARE BREAK CENTRE
17-23 Birnbeck Road
Weston-Super-Mare
Somerset
BS23 2EE
Tel: 01934 629589

BYNG HOUSE WELFARE BREAK CENTRE
30 Promenade
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 1QU
Tel: 01704 537875

BENNET HOUSE WELFARE BREAK CENTRE
17 Lansdown Crescent
Portrush
County Antrim
Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 7082 3663