Children’s Home-based Short Breaks Team

We offer short-breaks to give respite to children with complex health needs and their families.

Norman House

0300 790 6105

Beaver Business Park, Beaver Road, Ashford, TN23 7SH

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Short break sessions of up to four hours are delivered five days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

Who we are

We provide short breaks to children and young people with a range of learning disabilities, complex health needs and autism spectrum disorders and their families in their own home, the local community or in a local hospital.

Our team consists of support workers with a range of experience as carers, nursery nurses and play specialists.

We see children who

  • Have a complex health  need for example unstable airway, unstable seizures, artificial feeding Naso Gastric or gastrostomy
  • Have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, for example cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Hunter’s syndrome or Wolf Hirschorn syndrome
  • Have a physical disability or global developmental delay and an additional health need, for example severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Triomy 21 and artificial feeding
  • Have a complex chronic condition, for example spina bifida, Retts syndrome, Hurschprung’s disease

What we do

  • Work with families to make sure sessions are individualised and meet the needs of the child and their family
  • Care for the medical, physical, social, intellectual and enhanced wellbeing needs of the children on our caseload
  • Administer oxygen, nebulisers, suctioning, tracheostomy care, stoma care, gastrostomy feeds, naso-gastric tube feeding.
  • Manage seizures and children with neutropenia
  • Work with representatives from physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to undertake portage programmes, speech and language exercises and physiotherapy programmes with children who need them.
  • Assist children with effective communication, for example using the picture exchange communication system of Makaton.
  • Carry out activities the child enjoys such as arts and crafts, sensory activities or trips to the park or indoor play centre.

How do I refer to this service?

To refer patients please complete the Home-based Short Breaks Service referral form, please make sure you’ve read our referral criteria first.

Your comments

December 2017
Ashford

Very happy with the service.

November 2017
Ashford

It really helps us. Its one of the most valuable support services we have.

November 2017
Sittingbourne

Support worker and son have a very good relationship and I'm more than confident leaving him in her care.

November 2017
Thanet

His short breaks carer is the only person we feel confident leaving him with.

November 2017
Ashford

Totally - it's a great thing to know that you are listened to and that staff act in your and your child's best interests.

September 2017
Whitstable

One of the best services my son receives, he loves his time with the support worker and is always happy and relaxed after sessions.

September 2017
Dover

Could not be without short breaks service, it's brilliant.

September 2017
Sittngbourne

Personally I feel our short breaks member is amazing. I could not fault her in any way and my son loves her!

September 2017
Sittingbourne

I have no concerns with care. Everyone is very nice and shows interest in my child.

September 2017
Whitstable

Excellent service, friendly, helpful and helped my daughter form relationships.

June 2017
Ashford

Child Support Worker listens to my child when he shows how he his feeling.

June 2017
Ashford

Gives me and my child time to do things. Helps prepare my child for nursery.

May 2017
Ashford

Rachel is a warm and friendly lady and all our children love interacting with her when she comes to the house.

May 2017
Ashford

They go above and beyond to help and listen.

April 2017
Ashford

Me and my family are extremely thankful of the support and the Home Nased Short breaks service offers.

April 2017
Thanet

They are a good chance to get things done, or even get out for a coffee.

February 2017
Ashford

Nothing but positive things to say about the short breaks service.

October 2016
Ashford

As parents we feel Rachel has got vast experience and we feel we can trust her looking after (child's name).

September 2016
Thanet

We trust my son's carer 100% with him.

September 2016
Folkestone

Always been very helpful, easy to talk to and great advice and ideas. Always friendly and welcoming.

July 2016
Deal

Rachel is fantastic, great service, can't say how great it is.

July 2016
Ashford

Staff are great. Really look after my child well.

July 2016
Hythe

My son loves spending time with her and sessions are great.