Respite Care Services

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Home Health Care, Short Breaks and Respite Service

Lagan’s Foundation began delivering specialist respite care and short break services to children with heart defects and feeding issues in 2012. Lagan’s offers individual and flexible care services to families via donated care, 1:1 and 2:1 commissioned care.

If your child has an illness or disability and therefore has complex health needs, you may benefit from additional support through our respite care.

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What is respite care?

If you care for a loved one, respite care provides you with a much needed break and additional support. Here at Lagan’s we specialise in providing respite care and short breaks for children with complex health needs.

Respite care, also referred to as short breaks, allows you to take a well-earned break from caring for a loved one. We understand caring for a child that has complex care needs can be challenging, and it’s important to seek help and take some time off. This might be to have a much needed rest, have a shower, spend quality time with other members of the family or to do tasks you perhaps struggle to find the time to do.

Benefits and importance of respite care

Whilst as a parent/guardian you naturally want to do your very best for your child, caring for their specific health needs can be stressful and very draining. Respite care can be a lifeline for family members to restore energy levels and enjoy other tasks that are important in promoting a healthy lifestyle. It can also ensure parents spend quality time with other children.

Respite care can also bring many benefits for the child too, a different friendly face can boost the child’s mental health and provide a change to an everyday routine. This companion relationship can be greatly welcomed by the child.

Range of care provided

Thanks to the expertise of our team of experienced respite care workers, Lagan’s are able to and have provided respite care for children and young people with a significant number of complex conditions and disabilities including, but not limited to:

  • Cardiac Issues
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Dysphagia
  • TPN feed delivery
  • Feeding issues
  • Airway Management
  • Epilepsy
  • Blended Diet
  • Hyper-mobility
  • Respiratory syndromes
  • Rare syndromes
  • Low/zero mobility
  • Asthma
  • Stroke
  • Learning delays
  • Brain injury
  • Metabolic conditions
  • Mitochondrial disease

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Through 1:1 and 2:1 care ratios depending on the assessed need. We enable children and young people to access community and specialist services and also allow their family members to take a well earned break.

How do I get respite care for my child?

There’s typically two ways of getting respite care with ourselves, the first comes from professional referrals from local councils, GP’s, health visitors or social workers.

Alternatively you can refer yourself or ask a family or friends to get in touch with us.

  1. Children with social care or continuing care packages within Merseyside, Greater Manchester or Cheshire aged 0-19.

  2. * Children who are not entitled to statutory social care or continuing care packages aged 0-19 within Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Merseyside who have either a heart defect or feeding difficulty.

* Please note we will need to understand how much care is being asked for and how often the care is wanted. The charity will consider cases for six months of intervention and the trustees will consider each case individually. This care will be delivered by our qualified care staff as a funded service via Lagan’s Foundation. This service is funded purely on donations of the public and is subject to available funds

Make a referral for our respite care services

Whether you are a friend, parent, or professional healthcare worker, you can make a referral for a child to receive respite care using our form below. We will do our utmost best to help.

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