Isobel is a 69 year old lady who worked all her life as a nurse. After having a stroke, she needs to use a wheelchair and cannot get out of the house on her own. Isobel is able to deal with her own medication but relies on paid carers who visit periodically throughout the day to meet her needs in all other respects. She has very little contact with her extended family and her mental state is suffering because she spends so much time alone. Isobel’s request for a short break was refused by her local social work department on the grounds that there was no unpaid carer involved who required a break from their caring role. Isobel does not get Direct Payments but does have some money of her own.
Isobel’s short break
Isobel decided that a break was essential to her wellbeing. So she contacted a private sector agency to see what they could offer. What was agreed upon was an all inclusive person-centred support package. This was made up of a 4-day short break at a hotel in Pitlochry inclusive of half board, transport, theatre tickets, excursions and a care companion.