Short breaks (respite)
In all cases short break (respite) services are available following an assessment of your needs, as well as the person that you care for. There are usually different options depending on needs and preferences. The person you care for can stay for a few days in a care home or they may also have an agency worker to support them at home.
City of Edinburgh Council
Contact Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324 for more information on short breaks and respite in Edinburgh, or visit the Edinburgh Council website. For more advice contact VOCAL's Carer Support team on 0131 622 6666.
Contact Social Work Contact Officer 0131 271 3900 or VOCAL Midlothian on 0131 663 6869 for more information on short breaks in Midlothian. Also see Midlothian Council website.
Contact your nearest social work centre; Livingston (01506 282252), Bathgate (01506 776700) or Broxburn (01506 775666) or view the Carers of West Lothian respite directory
Contact the Access Service on 0845 603 1576 or visit East Lothian Council website. For more advice contact Carers of East Lothian on 0131 665 0135.
Shared Care Scotland have provided much of the information for this section, visit their website at www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk