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Taking support worker on holiday abroad with me.

greatsaygreatsay Member Posts: 17 Connected
edited July 2019 in Disabled people
Hello there.. I live in supported housing and currently get 21 hours support a week plus access to 55 shared hours between 4 other people. This is paid by social services leaning disability department. I would really like to travel abroad but am unable to travel on my own as I have bad anxiety with going on my own.

I have been on holiday to Germany in 2015 for 5 days with my support staff, back then the support company charged service users for 8 hours a day for their support which made it affordable to go on holiday. Now the care company charges for the full day (15 hours) at £15.00 an hour and a sleep at £75.00 = £300 a day staff support costs basically - (staff only get paid minimum wage though) A week for staff wages in £2.100 which I can't afford. 

We used to have a staff member who worked at my property, we got on very well...Since she left I become friends with her on facebook... I wrote to her on FB if we could come to an arrangement so I can go on holiday with her, I can pay her for 37 hours for the week at £14 an hour which will be £518 for the week, and outside the 37 hours support she can be at leisure, but she'll still be around if I need her. We will have separate rooms, we will go all-inclusive. The reassurance of her accompanying me will be a big boost. She also has a very recent DBS.

She has agreed to come with me...

I'm asking my community LD nurse about it as I don't have a social worker anymore... I think we would have to go through social services? I am very independent, I have been on holiday abroad alone in my early 20s but as I'm older my anxieties around going on holidays alone as worsened. The CLDT has had no objections about me booking holidays before but I've chickened out going on them.

Has anybody got any advice.... Could they stop me going, it would be arrangement between us, kinda like a direct payment thing....

Thank you.


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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @greatsay, would you be wanting to ask for funding regarding the hours you'd need while on holiday? If so, this would need to go through social services.

    However, if this was something you were doing independently I believe this would be down to your discretion and you could sort it out between yourselves.

    Despite this I would inform social services that you are going. They can't stop you going if you are medically fit to travel :)

    Please do let us know how you get on, it sounds like an amazing trip!
    Scope

  • greatsaygreatsay Member Posts: 17 Connected
    I just spoke to the duty social worker at the CLDT... She has no objections. She said she'll have to become my P.A. for the duration of the holiday, she and I would need to meet with social worker to make sure everything is agreeable before we go, etc... It transpires that the old support worker I want to go with is already signed up to be a P.A.  at the CLDT... That makes it a lot easier...

    Do you think I was cheeky off me asking her if she can support me on holiday? I'm having doubts that I've not offered her enough money at £518 for the week? I am pretty laid back, I'm not a difficult person, not demanding etc, All I need is the company and she is great company... I'm happy with my 5 hours support a day as she can enjoy her holiday....
  • Hart86Hart86 Member Posts: 394 Pioneering
    Do you pay for the actual holiday for her as well (travel and hotel)?  
    I think £14 an hour is fine and if she wasn’t willing she wouldn’t have accepted!! Definitely not cheeky at all! I think she would be happy to be asked
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @greatsay, thank you for sharing this with us. Did you manage to sort everything out? I hope you have a great time!
    Scope

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