FINDING better ways to support unpaid carers and those they care for are to be explored through a review of accommodated respite services in Moray.
Questionnaires and a series of focus groups are being used by Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership to gather experiences of current provision, seek views on what works well and what needs to change, and consider future needs.
Many carers provide round-the-clock care and support to a loved one who could not manage to live independently at home without it.
Senior carers strategy officer Pauline Knox said respite care was an essential part of the overall support provided to carers, enabling them to take a break and have a life outside of their caring role.
“At the moment we directly commission a number of services that can be used for respite support,” she said.
“As adult social care services are changing with the introduction of self-directed support and personal budget arrangements, we need to look at the services we currently commission as well as the wider market.
“To enable us to do this we want to understand how people currently access and use respite support, what type of support is most useful to them and what they feel could be improved or changed.”
Questionnaires are being sent to carers and those being cared for and they are also online at www.moray.gov.uk
Six focus groups are being held to discuss the changes:
•Forres – Wednesday, February 19 from 1pm to 2.30pm in the green room, Forres House Community Centre.
•Keith – Friday, February 21 from 1pm to 2.30pm in the circular room, Keith Community Centre
•Elgin – Friday, February 21 from 7pm to 9pm and Friday, February 28 from 1pm to 2.30pm, both in the dining hall at Elgin Community Centre
•Buckie – Monday, February 24 from 1pm to 2.30pm in the community lounge, Buckie Community Centre.
•Aberlour – Monday, March 3 from 1pm to 2.30pm in the community lounge, Speyside Community Centre.
To help with arrangements, attendance should be confirmed in advance by getting in touch with Lisa Stronach on 01343 563887 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for responses to the questionnaire is Friday, February 28. The feedback to the consultation will guide a report on the future of respite services which will be subject to further consultation.