Planning your short break
...bringing together, in one place, the information and advice you need to help you plan your short break
Many people with disabilities, mental ill health, learning difficulties or other serious illnesses or conditions, need a break from time to time. They might need to recharge their batteries or just enjoy a change of scene. Families and carers also need the occassional break from caring too. We believe that service users and carers are the experts when it comes to planning their short breaks or respite care.(Short breaks is another name for respite care.)
With this in mind, Shared Care Scotland has developed this online short break planning resource to help people to be more in control of all aspects of their short break service. We hope the guidance and information contained in the Pack will help people to think about what’s available or possible, and to get the short break they both need.
Who is this pack for?
This resource is for people who already receive short break services and want to get the best from them. However it is also for those trying to get services who can use the information, advice and the experiences of others to support their efforts. If you need any advice or assistance with this see the 'Further Help' section.
- The contents of the pack are listed in the menu on the right side of the page. Clicking on the items will take you to each new section.
- We also have a Glossary to explain some of the language used.
- Click here to find out who was involved in developing this pack.
- For some quick inspiration...click here to see our video section
You can download a complete paper version of the Planning Pack by clicking here (50 pages in Microsoft Word). Feel free to use or adapt the Pack as you wish but please mention that the source material is from Shared Care Scotland. If you would like a version that you can edit, please contact us.
We would very much appreciate your thoughts about how we could improve this pack. Please go to the 'Feedback' section to send us your comments and any ideas. Click here.
- The Short Break Planners
- Short Break Services Explained
- Getting a Service
- Common Myths
- What You Can Expect from Services
- My Ideal Break
- Short Break Stories on Film
- Short Break Case Studies
- Preparing For a Break
- Directory of Short Break Services
- Further Help