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Respite Care, Scotland, 2014, 28/10/14 [S]

This Statistics Release presents information on respite care services provided or purchased by Local Authorities in Scotland over the financial year 2013/14. Respite care is a service intended to benefit a carer and the person he or she cares for by providing a short break from caring tasks. Information is presented for the following age groups of cared-for individuals; young people (aged 0-17), adults aged 18-64 and older people (aged 65+).

Identifying respite care within administrative data sources is recognized as being challenging. Furthermore, due to changes in the guidance under which data has been collected, care must be taken when making comparisons between years. Particular difficulties are associated with comparing the 2013/14 data with that from previous years, due to changes in data recording associated with the roll-out of Self-Directed Support and improvements to local recording systems. Users should interpret the data contained in this Release in the context of these limitations and with reference to the detailed explanatory information provided.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Respite Care, Scotland, 2014