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Glaitness Centre - Short Breaks

What is it?

The Glaitness Centre short breaks service provides 24-hour staff assistance to a one-bedroom level access property as part of the Glaitness centre core and cluster housing arrangement. Individuals who use this service receive staff assistance as and when they request it via a call system.

The service is for adults aged 16 to 65 and is registered as a Care Home with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland.

Who is it for?

The short breaks service is for individuals who have physical disabilities and/or sensory impairment, that require appropriately designed housing and a high level of support.

Aims of the Service

To support and sustain individuals living in the community, by providing a short break for the individual and their carers. Support offered is flexible, sensitive and respectful of each person’s right to make informed choices, based on the National Care Standards.

How do People Access the Service?

If you feel you would benefit from the service offered at the Glaitness Centre, you should contact your care manager if you have one, or the Adult Social Work Team Duty Social Worker. If your referral meets the Orkney Islands Council eligibility criteria, an appropriate worker (eg social worker or occupational therapist) will carry out an assessment of need.

If your assessed need meets the criteria for the service, the worker will make a service request to the Glaitness Centre.

What Happens When a Place is Offered?

If you are offered a short break, you will be offered the opportunity to visit the property.

If you wish to proceed with the short break, you will be allocated a named member of staff from the Glaitness Centre, called a “keyworker” who will design a care plan with you.

Your care plan will contain information about your support and care needs. The care plan is reviewed after 6 weeks to ensure the arrangements are meeting your needs, then every 6 months. You will also be provided with a residency agreement which outlines what you can expect from the service.

What Happens at the Glaitness Centre?

Staff support each individual who uses the service to access their normal community based activities.

How Much Will it Cost?

The cost of the service is based on a financial assessment carried out by Orkney Islands Council Community Social Services (including meals).

Where is it?

The Glaitness Centre short break property is at 34 Queen Sonja Kloss, Kirkwall.

This information can be downloaded as a leaflet from the Related Downloads section on the left of the page.