Short stay services for adults with a learning disability
Short stay services, previously known as ‘respite’, provide an opportunity for people with a learning disability to have a break away from the home, and for their carer to take a break from their caring duties.
If you care for an adult with a learning disability sometimes you need a short break away from your caring role. Our short stay services can give you the chance to focus on yourself and your own interests, but with peace-of-mind that the person you care for is receiving support in a safe environment.
Types of short stay
- Respite accommodation – We use many different places where adults with a learning disability can have a short stay. Usually the person will have their own room in a house, or other building, which is also shared by other people with a learning disability and with care staff on site. Choosing which venue and service is most appropriate is based of the needs of the individual.
- Shared Lives – This scheme provides accommodation and support to adults with a learning disability in the homes of people living in the community. Potential Shared Lives carers have to undergo an in-depth training programme before being approved. Shared Lives offers a number of benefits to both the individual and their carer and allows people with a learning disability to live as part of a family.
How to access short stay services
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 547659 or 547660