BOSSES of a respite holidays charity is urging the government to restore vital respite care services – and says that failure could result in permanent damage to carers’ physical and mental health.
George Blunden, chairman of Revitalise Respite Holidays, based in Southport, is urging the government to act now on Social Care Sector Covid-19 Support Taskforce Report to restore vital respite care services, by changing the rules and opening-up vital short-term care breaks at places like Revitalise, without delay.
He said: “The prospect of another six months of isolation and anxiety for unpaid home carers, already at their wits end, will be the final straw for many.
“Their only escape - a respite care lifeline - was snatched away, just when it was within their post-lockdown grasp.
“And now, they have been condemned by a seemingly uncaring Government, to get on with it!
“The Government must act now on the recent Social Care Sector COVID-19 Taskforce report which recommends that vital respite care services like Revitalise should open without delay.
“We cannot allow the long-term physical and mental well-being of home carers and those they care for to be put at risk. “Covid-19 is a deadly disease but, in an emergency, patients have the best of NHS treatment awaiting them in hospital.
“Is it too much to ask that selfless home carers and their loved ones are able to call on emergency short-term respite care, when they reach crisis point?
“We must protect home carers and we must protect our NHS from the fall-out of a willful failure to make urgently needed respite care available.”