The Covid pandemic reduces users of family respite services by 66%




«There are moments when the world falls on you and you feel powerless to go on. That’s when you have to disconnect for a while and have someone else take care of it. That is why it is so important to take care of yourself in order to take care of yourself. Leisure and rest times are necessary ”. This feeling that Cándida Navarro, mother of a girl with cerebral palsy, describes in ‘Supercuidadores’ is one to which the family respite services try to respond, a resource available to the caregiver of dependent people that consists, fundamentally, in that the person to their care may have a temporary stay in a residential center. Their demand may be due to different causes, from the caregiver’s own “rest”, to the fact that he or she is ill or convalescing, or even due to the need to carry out works in the home of the dependent person he / she cares for.

In 2020, according to data provided by the Family Department, there were a total of 142 users of these temporary stays, 66.7 percent less than the previous year. This decrease must be framed within the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, where the period of confinement must be added that many of these services remained closed. Of the 142, a total of 34 users were for family respite -includes both the use of it and the people who received financial aid for this purpose-; However, the convalescence of the caregiver is the reason why these temporary stays were used the most -69 in 2020-. In this sense, it follows the trend of previous years. In 2019, the number of people who used this benefit was 427, 31 percent less than in 2016 (619), although it remained at similar figures to the two previous years.

By provinces

By provinces, it was in Burgos, Valladolid and Zamora where more requests for this instrument were made in 2020; 49, 22 and 28, respectively, which are very far from the 211, 186 and 53 that they had five years ago. Depending on the cases, this temporary stay can be one or two months, and in both cases an extension may be granted. However, it will generally be granted one a year, unless the reason is the convalescence of the caregiver, which could last up to two. They also remember from Family that financial aid for the same purpose is recognized for large dependents (grade 3) who are cared for at home by a person from their environment and for that reason they are recognized for the economic provision of care in the family environment.

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