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Respite centres for adults reopen

Residents and their carers who benefit from the support of the county council's respite facilities have welcomed their safe reopening.

Respite care allows unpaid carers (usually family members) to take a much needed break from their caring responsibilities, whilst their loved ones are able to socialise with others and take part in activities that support their needs.

During lockdown, the vast majority of the council's residential respite centres and day care units were forced to close. Residents received remote support instead, including a weekly welfare call and the offer of alternative activities, such as a walk in their local community.

Each facility has carried out a full risk assessment to ensure that they take all of the necessary steps to maintain a safe environment for their users. This includes staggering start times and days and 'bubbles' of support where possible. The centres are offering reduced activities and limiting the number of people attending each session to maintain safety and social distancing.

Since the centres have reopened, residents have reported feeling more confident, and delighted to be able to enjoy some of their usual activities, including relaxation sessions and art classes.

Cllr Kathy Williams cabinet member for adult social care delivery, said: "Our respite centres make such a difference to the people and their families who use them. I'm really pleased to see the take-up of this support start to increase again and to hear what a positive difference it is already making."

The county council runs two day care centres in Cheltenham, two in the Forest of Dean and one each in Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. There are residential respite units in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud.

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