The BREAK (Building Respite Evidence and Knowledge) Exchange newsletter at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing.
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New Research on Short Breaks
Supporting interdependent caring relationships through the provision of meaningful short breaks is now a priority for social care policy and practice across the four UK regions.
Shared Care Scotland have recently commissioned a Scoping Review to better understand the research evidence into short breaks for carers (sometimes called respite care) and what this research tells us about the impact of short breaks for carers.
The review shall focus on locating research that evidences the contribution of short breaks in achieving the following carer generated outcomes:
- Health and well-being (of the carer).
- A life of their own (alongside their caring role, particularly in relation to opportunities for leisure, recreation and the pursuit of other social or personal interests).
- Positive relationships with the supported person.
- Choices in caring, including limits.
- Satisfaction in caring.
Findings from the review shall:
- Help identify gaps in the existing research literature.
- Support the work of a newly established UK Research and Practice Development
- Group on Short Breaks for Carers, helping to shape its research vision and future funding applications.
- Inform the effective implementation of policy and practice.
The work will be undertaken by researchers at the School of Health Sciences, Bangor University. The research team would be delighted to hear from you, particularly if you have completed research in this area or you can share examples of innovation in short breaks provision.
For further information please contact Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care, Bangor University (email@example.com).
Please join us at the Wisconsin Disability Advocacy Day, March 20, 2019.
There will be briefing on current disability issues, lunch, and visits with legislators to discuss disability issues. If you are able to attend, fill out the registration here by March 8th.
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
We held a listening session in partnership with Padres E Hijos En Acción for Hispanic parents at Centro Hispano to get ideas on how to build a better respite program for their community. We had almost 30 parents come to talk with us about building a culturally inclusive respite program in Madison, WI. We began by showing them an example of a culturally inclusive respite program developed in Milwaukee WI, and then got to hear directly from the parents about their experiences and what they would want in the future program. Most parents wanted a weekly program on a weekday evening or a day program on a Saturday. We are currently starting to plan this program and finding ways to meet the parents’ needs.