Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published “Respite Care Scotland 2015”. This publication presents information on respite care services provided or purchased by Local Authorities in Scotland.
This data is published each year and helps identify the trends that exist in the local authority provision of respite care in Scotland.
Shared Care Scotland produces an analysis of this data each year. This will follow and be published on this website.
The following quote is from the ScotStat website, http://register.scotstat.org/scotstat/2015/12/15/64eedc05-62e2-4a56-b09a-a56f0102206a
“Key findings from this publication include:
- It is estimated that between 196,060 and 200,650 overnight/daytime respite weeks were provided in Scotland in 2014/15
- This is between 2,040 and 6,630 weeks fewer than in 2013/14
- This is an estimated real terms increase of between 3,620 and 8,210 weeks between 2007/08 and 2014/15 (allowing for the impact of changes to data collection methodology)
- An estimated 7,160 further weeks were provided through direct payments, and an unknown amount of respite will have been provided through other forms of Self-Directed Support
Collecting data on respite care provided or purchased by Local Authorities in Scotland is challenging for Local Authorities, and involves some degree of subjectivity in determining whether a service can be considered as respite care or not.
Over the last year, we have reviewed the collection of this data through discussions with Local Authorities and National Carers Organisations, and it has been agreed that future publications will no longer report on a count of respite weeks, but will aim to look at support for carers more generally.”
You can download and read the pdf summary document here
You can download and read excel file of the full data here