“Short breaks can involve people with learning disabilities going into respite care for a short period or carers coming into the person’s home to allow their family to take a break”. Apparently there are approximately 1.5m people with learning disabilities in the UK, though only 251,000 have serious enough conditions to qualify for disability living allowance.
Those on the highest rate of allowance should get a minimum of one break per week according to Mencap. A spokesman for the Local Government Association said, “Mencap is quite right to point out that extra resources must be made available to ensure families can enjoy the breaks they need and deserve.”
“I can’t carry on much longer and I shouldn’t have to”, was a quote from one individual caring for her 18-year-old grandson.