Being a carer can be a physically and mentally demanding role – and everyone needs a break from time to time. In order to take a break, replacement care will be needed for the person they care for. Replacement care could be provided in someone’s own home or overnight stays in another building. Devon County Council wanted to understand the views of people who need replacement care when their family or unpaid carer is unable to look after them.
What we did
On behalf of Devon County Council, we undertook a survey seeking to understand the type of support a cared-for person would like when their carer is away, whether for a few hours or longer. This includes people who pay for their own care (self-funders) as well as those who receive funding from Devon County Council.
39 cared-for individuals and 90 carers responded to our survey
- 66% of those responding do not currently receive any replacement care
- two-thirds of carers, 67%, provide over 50 hours of care a week
- of those providing 50 hours of care a week, 58% do not receive replacement care.
The responses from service users and their informal carers have provided valuable insights into the difficulties which people are experiencing and the degree to which people understand what is meant by “replacement care” and how to access it. The suggestions received about what type of support would be acceptable to the cared-for person have provided a better understanding of what will (help to) maintain a carer’s ability to continue caring and reduce avoidable crises.
Read our full report to Devon County Council.