Dementia Web - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire

DementiaWeb - Dementia Information Resource for Oxfordshire

Caring for Carers

Respite - Caring for Carers

When the person you care for has respite care, you may just want to relax at home, or maybe get some jobs done around the house. However sometimes it may be beneficial to have someone to talk to about your caring experiences, e.g. at a Support Group (see below), or it might be nice to go away for a break and be looked after yourself, e.g. The Kiloran Trust - details at the end of this section.

Relief to Carers Service

The Relief to Carers Service (registered with CSCI for domiciliary support), is part of Oxfordshire County Council Social & Community Services. Trained care staff provide support to people who would be at risk if left on their own for more than a short period of time, to allow carer/s to have a break.

A few hours can be allocated each week to enable the carer to take a break (average is 3 hours per week). Where possible Relief to Carers try to allocate the same care assistant at each visit, in order to provide continuity. Occasional longer or overnight breaks may also be available.

Charges for the Relief to Carers service depend on the financial circumstances of the person being cared for; they will be financially assessed.

To make a referral please telephone the Access Team on 0845 050 7666
For further information contact:

Relief to Carers Service for Adults
Social & Community Services
Mount House, Church Green,
OX28 4AZ

9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday
9.00am to 4.00pm, Friday
Tel.: 01993 706392
Fax: 01993 894340

Support Groups

Going to a carers support group may not be the first thing that springs to mind when respite is mentioned, but sometimes being with other people who understand your situation can really provide a chance to unwind.

A number of support groups exist, in and around Oxfordshire, that enable carers and family members of people with dementia to meet together. Groups may also have programmes which include speakers and/or social events.

In the list below you will find details of carers support groups in Oxfordshire for those specifically caring for someone with dementia. Further details of programmes and activities are available from the contacts shown.

Where When Contact
Abingdon Community Hospital, Marcham Rd
2nd & 4th Thursdays each month 1.30 to 4.00pm Sue 07813 627091
Sarah 01235 205404
Carers Centre, 27 Horsefair
1st & 3rd Fridays each month 10.30 to noon

Frances 01295 811144

Julier Centre, Coker Close
2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month 10.30 to noon Judy 01295 264545
Maggie 0771 611041
David 01865 455816
Chipping Norton **
The Fox Hotel, Market Place, Chipping Norton
2nd and 4th Mondays of month 10.30 to noon

Frances 01295 811144

Cowley *
Manzil Resource Centre, Cowley Road
Most Friday mornings 10.30 to noon David 01865 455816
Stella 07796 441203
Didcot *
Ridgeway Day Hospital, 99 Wantage Road
1st Thursday of month noon to 1.30pm Brenda 01865 455816
Stella 07796 441203
Henley *
Christ Church Centre, Reading Road
3rd Wednesday of month 2.00 to 4.00pm Margreet 01491 576503
Tom 01491 637453
Thame *
Wykeham Park D.H., East Street
1st Wednesday of month 1.00 to 3.00pm Maggie 07716 11041
Brenda 01865 455816
The Health Centre, Mably Way
Fortnightly on Fridays from 07.11.08
1.30 to 3.30pm
2009: First meeting 16th January and fortnightly thereafter
Sue 07833 952514
Alison 01235 810575
United Reformed Church Hall, Crown Square, Wheatley, Oxford

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
1.30 pm to 3 pm.

Liz or Stella 01865 876508

Witney *
Methodist Church, High Street

1st and 3rd Mondays each month
2.00 - 3.30pm

Linda 01993 202100
David 01865 455816
Maggie 07716 11041

Community Centre, Woodcote
2nd Wednesday of month 2.00 to 4.00pm Mary or Rory 01491 637469

* Note 1: It may be possible at these locations to arrange for the person with dementia to be cared for whilst carers attend the group.

** Note 2: This group is for people with any form of dementia AND those who care for someone with dementia.

Note 3: Friends and family of younger people with dementia are welcome at any of the support groups above, but can also access The Clive Project Exchange. Exchange meetings offer an informal and friendly opportunity to share experiences and expertise with others. Venues vary; for the current programme please contact:

Sue Hosty
Tel.: 01865 821699
Mobile: 07813 654077
Email: [email protected], or

Diana Letchford
Tel.: 01993 891955
Email: [email protected], or

Anna Eden
One to One Co-ordinator
The Clive Project
Tel.: 01865 794311

In addition to the groups listed above, the Carers Centres also run carers support groups, and social events, across the county. These are for all carers, not just for people who are caring for someone with dementia.

Crossroads - "Caring for Carers"

Crossroads Oxfordshire provides a service to support the person with care needs and their carers. A Carer Support Worker talks to the carer to find out what support is required and when, in order to give the carer some time to themselves. Trained care workers then give personal / social / domestic care at home. This can vary from a one hour visit to live in care, and is tailored to meet the individual needs of the carer and the cared for person.

Crossroads take private referrals as well as through GPs, CPNs, Care Managers, etc.

Contact details:

Crossroads Oxfordshire
3 Hurst Street

Office open:
8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Tel.: 01865 260280
Fax: 01865 260290

Emergency referrals out of hours and w/e: 07831 530947

The Clive Project

The Clive Project provides active individual support sessions for people under 65 years of age with dementia, through their One-to-One service. This service provides a regular break for carers, by providing trained support workers to be with the younger person with dementia.

The Clive Project has an open referral policy, so anyone can make contact.

Contact details:

The Clive Project
PO Box 315
OX28 1ZN

Tel.: 01993 776295

Kiloran Trust - "Respite for Carers"

The Kiloran Trust have a large welcoming house in west London, in which full time carers at home can enjoy a holiday / supportive break (from Monday to Saturday).

The house has 3 en-suite bedrooms. Food is home-made and all meals are provided. You can have breakfast at any time you like, giving you the chance for a long undisturbed lie in. A snack lunch is available to those who are in and the main meal is in the evening. If you have special dietary needs then these can be catered for. You will have your own front door key and will be free to come and go as you like.

You can spend your time doing as you want - sightseeing, resting, shopping, walking in the parks or along the river, seeing friends, going to a west end show, gallery etc. If your idea of a perfect break is to take it really easy in comfort, then you can just enjoy the peace of the house, being cooked and cared for. Good listening is always available - some carers need to unburden and talk about the stresses they are under at home. This is always welcome.

More information is available on The Kiloran Trust website.

Contact details:

Tel.: 0207 602 7404
Fax: 0207 602 3303

Further Information

For more information about support that is available to carers, please see our main section Support for Carers & Family Members.

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