There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how you get respite care for your child in the UK. The process differs greatly from organisation to organisation depending on their areas of speciality and eligibility criteria.
There are two ways you can do this here at Lagan’s foundation:
Commissioned care packages
These referrals come through social care, local councils or the NHS. A social worker will conduct a detailed assessment of your child’s needs – your child will need to meet specific criteria to be eligible. All being well, a panel from the local council will arrange this on your behalf.
If you are unfortunately unable to receive a commissioned care package, your child is still able to get involved in local groups and activity centres. You can also look into donated care packages, explained below.
Donated care packages
If unfortunately, your child doesn’t meet the criteria but they do still need care for a serious condition – in our case children and young people aged 0-19 with cardiac and feeding difficulties – you can look into donated care packages which are covered by ourselves.
Our board of trustees look at these applications on a case by case basis. This sort of care will only be available in the short term, typically around 6-12 months. If you are eligible for a donated care package, we will seek to gain a deeper understanding of how much care your child requires and how often, and make a plan based on this.
If you are looking for respite care for your child, then you can complete our referral form and our team will be in touch. Alternatively, contact our friendly team today for a chat about respite care for your child