Learning disabilities – Respite support options

The following information will help individuals and carers seeking to understand what potential respite options are available for them. If you have any questions or would like any more information about any the provision then do not hesitate to get in touch with either your allocated social worker, or if you do not have one, telephone 023 8083 3003. This information is to guide you in your choices and help you understand the support that is available to yourself and the person you care for.

Adult Social Care is changing away from the traditional model of care provision, and is focusing on a strength based approach. A strengths-based approach to care, support and inclusion says let’s look first at what people can do with their skills and their resources and what help they have around them from family, friends and in their community. We think people should be seen as experts in charge of their own lives rather than recipients of care.

To help guide your choices we have identified some potential alternative providers and included links to their websites so you can find out more:


Provider - Shared Lives

Summary of support available

Provision: Shared Lives Care
Location: Shared Lives Carer's home
Type of provision: Overnight respite care
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8091 7616
Website: Shared Lives

Shared LivesSouthampton Shared Lives is a community based model of care that allows individuals to lead ordinary lives in their local community. It allows people in Southampton to remain in the local area by matching self-employed Shared Lives carers who share their home with the person and include them as part of their family.

Shared Lives is run by the council and registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Direct Payments

Summary of support available

Provision: Direct Payments
Type of provision: Self-serve
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8033 0982 (SPECTRUM CIL)
Website: Direct payments or Spectrum CIL

Instead of Southampton City Council arranging respite services for an individual, a Direct Payment enables individuals and their family to purchase their own respite. This can provide much greater flexibility of choice around when and where services are used. A Direct Payment can Direct Paymentsbe used for a wide range of services and could be completely unique. Some examples of what a direct payment can be used for are:

  • A Personal Assistant (PA) to support a person to go out and access services in the community
  • A residential or day service placement of your choice
  • The costs of travel to stay with a friend or family elsewhere or the cost of support from a family member of friend (provided they are not living at the same address as the individual needing support)
  • Home care providers providing support in the persons own home
  • A placement in the style of a holiday. A number of agencies provide this including Smile holidays. This could be arranged on an individual basis or as a friendship group. All these holidays are fully escorted by staff with experience of working with people with learning disabilities.

The city council commission SPECTRUM who are an independent organisation run and led by Disabled People. They offer support and advice around Direct Payments to help disabled people live the lifestyle of their choice.

If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Rose Road

Summary of support available
Provision: Rose Road
Location: Bradbury Centre, Aldermoor, Southampton, SO16 5NA
Type of provision: Overnight respite care
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8072 1234
Website: Rose Road

Rose RoadRose Road is a well established charity based in the city that provides a range of residential and community respite services for children and adults with learning disabilities and other health needs. Rose Road have a bespoke environment that supports people with complex needs.

The service is delivered in ‘Oaks’ and ‘Acorns’ residential units and they encourage individuals to develop their independence skills by focusing on a range of daily living tasks, such as assisting with meal preparation, tidying up and personal care.

The Oaks and The Acorns residential respite facility is registered with Ofsted and CQC, offering adults short-breaks and support in a safe and homely environment. The service is available to adults with severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities and/or autism. Rose Road staff assess the needs of each person to ensure we are able to provide the best levels of care and support.

A range of activities are provided, and during the weekends and holiday periods a variety of outings can be organised.

Oaks and Acorns also provide opportunities to enjoy community-based activities including bowling, cinema, theme parks, shopping trips and boat trips. Individuals are always offered opportunities to participate in activities and their choices are given, using their preferred method of communication.

The accommodation is in two spacious single-storey units, with separate accommodation for children and adults.

If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Way Ahead Supported Respite

Summary of support available
Provision: Way Ahead
Location: Weston Court, Weston, Southampton, SO19 9LB
Type of provision: Overnight respite care
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 878 6682
Website: Southampton Respite

Way Ahead Supported Respite provision uses the existing Way Ahead ethos to create and operate a respite service in Southampton. The service will be totally individual led and not service led meaning that the individual will be encouraged and supported to try Way Aheadnew activities to empower them towards independence.

Way Ahead Supported Respite will deliver a high quality overnight respite service which can provide individual and personalised support to adults with disabilities to help meet their skills development, personal care and short break needs. This is a three bed unit, with access to some communal facilities, such as the garden. Way Ahead Supported Respite are also able to book additional facilities at Weston Court to support individually led activities. There’s a strong sense of community with other services provided on site, and opportunities for broader socialisation.

There's an opportunity to book regular breaks, and emergency respite can be provided at short notice where feasible.

The service will be CQC registered.

If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Minstead Trust

Summary of support available
Provision: Minstead Trust
Location: Minstead Lodge, Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FT
Type of provision: Overnight and daytime residential respite
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8081 2297
Website: Minstead Trust

MinsteadMinstead Trust offers overnight residential respite stays for adults with learning disabilities and autism, where people can learn the skills to live away from home and be more independent. Individuals can also take part in day opportunities on the site. Minstead Trust is suited to people who are fully mobile.

Minstead Trust will support adults with learning disabilities through providing training to enable them to develop new skills, lead fulfilled lives and achieve greater independence. Minstead Trust do this at a pace tailored to the individual, with a dedicated staff experienced in working with people with learning disabilities.

Minstead Trust offers respite stays for adults at Minstead Residential Care Home, based in Minstead Village in the New Forest. If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Home Care Providers

Summary of support available
Provision: Home Care Providers
Location: Own home
Type of provision: Domiciliary (in home) respite
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8083 2900

Home care providersThere are a small number of domiciliary care providers that have learning disabilities expertise that can offer short break services in a personalised way for people with learning disabilities and autism, providing support in people’s own homes and community.

The support is tailored around individual needs, providing bespoke packages and also covers crisis or emergency support. All home care providers are registered and inspected by The Care Quality Commission. If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Residential Providers

Summary of support available
Provision: Residential Providers
Location: Where residential provision is registered with the CQC
Type of provision: Residential
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8083 2900

Residential providersThere are a small number of residential providers who are able to provide ‘respite beds’ in the city. This is subject to availability but also includes one provider who keeps a bed for respite only (Integra Care - See separate entry for Lifeways). All providers are registered to provide services specifically for people with a learning disability, are registered and inspected by The Care Quality Commission and are staffed 24/7. These services are able to meet a whole range of care needs.

Placements are arranged by the council’s Care Placement team who will work to match people with an appropriate service. If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Lifeways

Summary of support available
Provision: Lifeways
Location: 374 - 376 Winchester Road Southampton
Type of provision: Overnight respite care
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8078 9786
Website: Lifeways

LifewaysThere are a small number of residential providers who are able to provide ‘respite beds’ in the city. This is subject to availability but also includes one provider who keeps a bed for respite only (Integra Care - See separate entry for Lifeways). All providers are registered to provide services specifically for people with a learning disability, are registered and inspected by The Care Quality Commission and are staffed 24/7. These services are able to meet a whole range of care needs.

Placements are arranged by the council’s Care Placement team who will work to match people with an appropriate service. If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Thornbury

Summary of support available
Provision: Thornbury House
Location: 39 Thornbury Avenue, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5BQ
Type of provision: Overnight respite care
Suitable for ages: 18+
Telephone: 023 8022 1165
Website: Thornbury

ThornburyThornbury House provides residential services for up to six people. One room is allocated for overnight respite.

If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.



Provider - Smile Holidays

Summary of support available
Provision: Smile Holidays
Location: various destinations
Type of provision: Respite holidays
Suitable for ages: 18+
Website: Smile Holidays

Smile Holidays logoSmile Holidays is a specialist provider of all-inclusive holidays for adults with learning disabilities. It offers completely escorted holiday packages including transport, designated meeting points, accommodation, support and care.

With a variety of destinations in England, Majorca, Tenerife, Lanzarote and France each location offers a choice of excursions, attractions and entertainment. Their aim is to provide holidays which offer clients real life opportunities, skill building, choice and social participation with the support of the caring and experienced Smile team. If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.


Provider - Revitalise

Summary of support available
Provision: Revitalise Holidays
Location: Netley Waterside, Netley, Southampton, SO31 5FA
Type of provision: Respite holidays
Suitable for ages: 18+
Website: Revitalise

RevitaliseRevitalise Netley Waterside House provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers that combine excursions, entertainment with 24 hour on-call nurse led care.

They cater for people with a range of disabilities, and breaks are for 3, 4 or multiples of 7 night durations and are available throughout the year. If you are interested in finding out more, then speak to your social worker.