Respite care charity appeals for help

Posted on 10 March 2011

A Hastings charity which provides short respite placements for elderly and disabled people is urging the public to show its support.

Safe Respite Care eases the strain on St Michael's Hospice, allowing carers at the facility to take a break, but lately the charity is overburdened by demand, the Hastings Observer reports.

As the cost of paying for care in a respite home is rising, Safe Respite Care is appealing to more people to join as members or help out with local events.

"It is crucial if you are caring for someone that you have a break because it can take a huge toll on your health – a carer who does not get a break is twice as likely to develop mental health problems," Steve McIntosh, a policy officer for Carers UK, told the newspaper.

The news comes after the Birmingham Mail reported that more than 4,000 elderly and disabled adults could see Birmingham's council care services scrapped under new cost-saving proposals.

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