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The importance of supporting unpaid carers for people living with dementia
(PLWD) is recognised in adult social care policy both nationally and internationally. In the UK, social care legislation emphasises care and support should help people achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their life; this includes the opportunity to take a break from caring routines and responsibilities. Accordingly, there is growing policy and practice interest in short breaks provision to address the diversity of carer break needs and preferences and deliver meaningful outcomes for carers and those
they support. This paper reports findings from qualitative staff interviews that offered strategic and operational insights into short breaks provision. It presents a dynamic model of the short break landscape in a region of Wales, describing factors shaping local and regional decision-making. The model identifies key challenges (barriers) and opportunities (enablers) that shape the planning, commissioning, and delivery of bespoke short breaks for spousal carers and their partner living with dementia. Through highlighting the interplay between complex context-specific processes and contingences, the model informs initial theory development in short breaks provision.


  • Carers, Dementia, Qualitative Research, short breaks provision, respite, UK health and social care policy implementation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1255-e1267
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number4
Early online date7 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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