If you have a disability or illness, or you care for someone who does, you may be able to get help to take a short break.

A short break could be:

  • A couple of hours
  • Overnight
  • A weekend
  • A week or longer

The break can give you and your carer a rest. You can have a break together or separately.

How do you get a short break?

You may be able to get help with arranging and paying for a short break.

To see if you can get help towards the cost, we will need to assess you. If you have a disability or illness, you will need a social work assessment. If you are a carer, this will be discussed at your carer's assessment.

If you are able to get help from us, we will tell you how much help you will get. You can then choose to take the money, which is called a Direct Payment, and use it to arrange and pay for a short break. You can also ask us to arrange the break for you and pay for it on your behalf.

How do you arrange a short break?

If you would like help to arrange your break, please ask us for information.

If you would like a few hours away from caring for someone, we may be able to help you plan cover for the person you care for.

We could arrange for:

  • A paid worker to be with them
  • The person you care for to go to a club or a day service
  • The person you care for to spend time with other family or friends

If you or the person you care for would like an overnight break, we can put you in touch with the Short Breaks Bureau. They can give you information on a range of breaks and help book your break.

Examples might include:

  • Going to a residential care home
  • Having a break in a hotel or caravan
  • Going on a bus tour

There are a care homes in the Falkirk Council area that offer short break options. We can give you information about these and other options outside of the Falkirk Council area.

How the Short Breaks Bureau can help you

The Short Breaks Bureau organises overnight breaks. It’s for people who need help to take a short break because they have a disability or illness.

If we have assessed your needs we can tell you if you can use the Short Breaks Bureau. If you’re not sure whether we’ve assessed your needs, please get in touch with us.

If you’re paying for your own break, the Bureau can give you advice on finding somewhere that is accessible or offers support to people with a disability or illness.

If you know where you want to go or what activities you are looking for you can search for breaks using the Shared Care Scotland information service

For more information, please contact the Short Breaks Bureau:

01324 504309