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Why is respite so important?

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Respite has been shown to:

  • Help sustain the health and well being of the family
  • Avoid or delay out-of-home placements
  • Reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect
  • Reduce the likelihood of divorce and help sustain marriages.

At least half of adults with a learning disability live in the family home-many don't get the same chances as other people to gain independence, learn key skills and make choices about their own lives.

7 out of 10 families caring for someone with profound and multiple learning disabilities have reached or come close to 'breaking point' beacuse of a lack of short break services.

 

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What are the benefits of short breaks for people with learning disabilities?

A short break offers the opportunity to make life less stressful for those invloced in the routine of community care.

It can benefit carers by allowing them to "recharge batteries" whilst responsibility for a loved family member who has learning difficulties continues to be provided

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