This release presents the results for the last five years to give a picture of: the total number of respite weeks provided by each Local Authority in Scotland: the amount of daytime and overnight respite provided: and, the amount of respite provision by age group.
The total number of respite weeks provided in Scotland increased by 1,670 weeks between 2010/11 and 2011/12. This follows previous increases in respite care in between 2007/08 and 2008/09 (1,300 weeks), 2008/09 and 2009/10 (7,860 weeks) and 2009/10 and 2010/11 (1,410 weeks).
There are many different types of respite care. It might involve the cared-for person having a break away from home for a few nights, thus benefitting the carer in that they have time for themselves. Or the carer might have a break away, with services being put in place to support the cared-for person. Some people want to have a break together, with additional support to make this happen. Sometimes the service is provided in the home for the cared-for person, with the carer having time to do something themselves for a couple of hours during the day. This publication looks separately at overnight respite stays and daytime respite care.