What is Respite

Respite (or sometimes known as shorts breaks) is a temporary break from the everyday routine for carers as well as the cared for person.  This break is an ideal opportunity to have some time out while providing support to the carer to continue their caring role.

How to arrange Respite

If you or someone you care for needs a break, you should ask for an assessment. 


  • Contact one of the area offices (details below)

On your Behalf

  •  You can also ask someone to do this
    • your GP
    • district nurse
    • member of hospital staff
    • relative can arrange this for you.

Following the assessment

Once an assessment has been completed, and eligibility for respite is confirmed, you will be allocated a number of nights to use at your discretion over a 12 month period. 

Self Directed Support (SDS) is a new way of arranging services. Self-directed Support offers choice and control to individuals and their carers who are eligible to access social care services. 

If you have any additional queries please contact the Respite Bureau directly. 

How much does respite cost

There is a flat rate charge for respite (subject to age).

The respite booking bureau or your local HSCP office will be able to advise you of the rate.

If you are assessed as requiring more than 8 weeks respite a financial assessment will be carried out to calculate how much you will be charged.

Types of Respite/Short breaks

There are different ways that respite can be provided. Funding of these breaks depends upon individual circumstances. 

Respite in a residential and nursing care home.

This is traditional respite care where you have a short stay in a residential or nursing care home. There are a number of designated care homes in the local area.

During respite within a care home, bed linen and towels are usually provided however the following are required

  • Day clothes (clearly labelled with name)
  • Underwear (clearly labelled with name)
  • Night clothes (clearly labelled with name)
  • Slippers
  • Personal belongings
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (in a secure pack e.g. Venalink)
  • Wheelchair or any other equipment.

Respite at home

This is support provided within your own home, flexible and tailor-made care packages can be arranged.

Supported Holiday Breaks

These include opportunities for individuals to plan and arrange their own holidays, with assistance in meeting any support they might have whilst away from home.

Family Placement Respite.

These are short breaks provided by individuals who are paid, and professionally regulated, to provide short-term support in their own homes. 

Who to contact

To discuss your circumstances with a West Dunbartonshire duty worker contact your local HSCP social work office

Dumbarton and Alexandria

Adult & older People Integrated team
Bridge street
Tel: 01389 776499

Mental Health Duty
Riverview Resource Centre
Tel: 01389 812 070

Community Hospital Discharge Team
Vale Centre
Tel: 01389 828 200

Old Kilpatrick, Dalmuir or Clydebank

Adult & older People Integrated team
Hardgate Clinic
Tel: 01389 811 760

Mental Health Duty
Goldenhill Resource Centre
Tel: 0141 941 4400

Community Hospital Discharge team
Kilbowie Road
Tel: 01389 828220 

Other Useful Contact

Learning Disability Services

118-120 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank G81 1UG

Tel: 0141 562 2333 or 0141 562 2334

In case of an emergency outwith office hours

Glasgow and Partners Emergency Social Work Service
Tel: 0300 343 1505