Respite care for carers of people with disabilities

Description of the Project

The project is an innovative approach to support the families of people with disabilities. Support is provided for people with disabilities and in particular for their carers. The issue of a short break is poorly addressed in Poland. Developing and implementing a model of short break services will improve the quality of life of families caring for people with disabilities.

 

The participants of the project are disabled people – 135 people and their carers and institutions that support such people in Poland (foundations, associations, public social support institutions). These institutions are necessary to test the solutions developed – 15 institutions (9 institutions will start testing). As part of the project, 9 coordinators and 45 assistants will be trained.

 

During the first stage of the project (2017) staff members and institutions involved (polish project network) prepare to start their own short break programs. Through learning process which includes study visit to UK, workshops, trainings for service coordinators and assistants and expert work, polish network will elaborate its own tools and guidelines for their short break programs.

 

The second stage (2018) is about testing the programs within 12 months period. The needs of clients will be assessed and individually tailored services delivered to the main carers and persons they provide care for.

 

Then the evaluation will be carried out (stage three, 2019), final product elaborated (stage four) and incorporated by the polish project network (stage five) and final recommendations for the others prepared.

 

Objective of the project

The project is an innovative approach to support the families of people with disabilities. Support is provided for people with disabilities and in particular for their carers. The issue of a short break is poorly addressed in Poland. Developing and implementing a model of short break services will improve the quality of life of families caring for people with disabilities.