Hi, I’ve just started the process of contacting the council to get some respite. I have learned that it is best to start when younger as the councils sometimes put out the argument that if we hadn’t asked before then there is no need now. However, as to help from the local area I can point out an alternative origin to get the ball rolling.
There is another charity ‘We are Beams’ and they are actually contracted out to do a lot of the respite care and associated schemes such as social clubs, by the government. They were actually the first point of contact for me and got the whole ball rolling a lot easier. Since they know the whole system and have your interests at heart thing seem to move a lot quicker with them pushing.
I got the feeling of a little bit of a run around from the council, they seem more interested in saving money. When I started with the council they told me that DLA is what is we get to take care of these things. I actually had to get the an alternative phone number from the charity that bypassed the unhelpful front desk.
So for advice for everyone seeking respite care; speak to the ‘We are Beams’ charity for local support, I think this should be a starting process for anyone who needs some respite care. Also, start EARLY, even if you don’t require it now, get it otherwise they will try to use the argument that if you did not require it before, why now. The councils seem to be trying to dissuade anyone from applying, just my feelings from the process.