Date lodged: 14 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the (a) type of and (b) length of adult respite breaks that are available.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 29 May 2018
This specific information is not held centrally.
Integration Authorities are responsible for strategic planning of adult social care services. Since April, Integration Authorities also have new responsibilities under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 for local carer strategies setting out carer support available locally, including short breaks, and an assessment of demand. They are also responsible for publishing short breaks services statements providing information about short breaks available for both carers and those they care for.
Data from the Respite Care Survey 2014-15 ( http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/12/6824 ) shows that:
- 31% of respite weeks were for overnight care such as in a care home; 65% was daytime respite care and 4% was provided as a direct payment.
- Older people aged 65+ were more likely to use overnight respite. 36% of older people using respite services had overnight respite care compared to 23% of those aged 18-64 and 31% of children.
- 89% of overnight respite nights took place in a care home setting, 4% at the person’s own home and 7% in another setting.