Respite care or ‘short breaks’ are currently heavily promoted as services to support older people and their carers. However, uptake of such services can be limited and there is a need to design models which are more flexible and responsive, and also reflect the ethos of personcentred care, which is currently one of the main drivers of health and social care policy in the UK. This paper describes the rationale for, and the philosophy behind, a new service for people with dementia and their carers recently established in Sheffield which provides respite care in the person's own home. The importance of user and carer involvement is highlighted and the need for new approaches to evaluation stressed.
Perks, A., Nolan, M., Ryan, T., Enderby, P., Hemmings, I. and Robinson, K. (2001), "Breaking the mould: developing a new service for people with dementia and their carers", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 3-11. https://doi.org/10.1108/14717794200100002Download as .RIS
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