Jack has dementia. He had been able to have two short breaks each year staying in a guest house with a support worker, in an area of his choice. He could plan activities taking advantage of the support worker’s car. This arrangement ended abruptly when he turned 65. After much lobbying, he was offered up to 8 weeks in a care home each year by his local authority. He refused this offer.
Jack’s short break
Jack was only able to arrange a suitable break when he discovered by chance that a care provider had a contract with his authority to offer a break in a bed and breakfast setting, but with full support from the hosts who were experienced and qualified carers. This was not a cheap option – the cost of food and care was covered but Jack had to pay his own fares to the destination, the travel costs incurred by his hosts, and the cost of excursions. Because it was a good experience he felt it was money well spent.