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I know, Lemony - thats why LA's need to commission beds, to pay a retainer (which could be re-claimed at least in part, from the fees paid by self funders) to ensure that a bed or beds are available soley for the purpose of booking respite.Even if extra funds are made available where are the respite beds going to be found now that private NH have filled their respite beds with permanent residents?
Local rep got back in touch to say that he had tried to track down respite in the area, and that I was right - you can't book it anywhere - and that's about it, RedlouThe Alzheimer's Society ought to have figures about how many respite beds are needed for dementia carers.
Have they actually done anything to help you yet, Ann?