Crossroads Caring Scotland Glasgow West &South
A story by Crossroads Caring Scotland Glasgow West & South
We provided a respite service for carers living in the Glasgow area including ethnic minority groups. The carers were allocated 37 hours of flexible respite to use at their choice. These hours were provided to carers known to the service and carers referred by local authority and other professionals who were not receiving respite via local authority.
What Crossroads Caring Scotland Glasgow West &South did
All Carers Centres in Glasgow were given information on the project including the Health Board, local authorities and day centres including ethnic minority day centres who referred the carers to us.
Each carer was then allocated their budget of 37 hours of flexible respite to use when they required. The respite would include the service user participating in social and recreational activities of their choice allowing the carer to have time to themselves. Some of the respite was home based as the service user was unable to leave their home due to their disabilities.
With the support she received from the project it allowed her to have some time out to attend to business or socialise with friends something she had not done since her husband was diagnosed with Dementia.
What Crossroads Caring Scotland Glasgow West & South has learnedAll carers involved in the project were very grateful for the break as respite is not well funded in some cases the cared for would have to go to a day centre to allow the carer to have a break and this does not suit everyone and now this has to be paid for by the person attending depending on their income.
The fund has made a great difference to our organisation as we are able to provide free respite care. The flexibility of the respite was very well received as the carers found the benefit of have the respite as and when required rather than a particular day.
The challenge faced was trying to encourage carers from the ethnic minority groups to come forward. The carers centres have been very helpful in identifying new carers for the project.