Short-term care for older people

Closed 25 Sep 2020

Opened 22 Jul 2020


We would like your views about short-term care for older people. This is care which supports a person for a limited period of time. Typically, it is used when family members (unpaid carers) are temporarily unable to provide support, or need a break from their caring role.

Short-term care includes:

  • emergency support, (for example when an unpaid carer is admitted to hospital), and 
  • planned and pre-booked support to provide an unpaid carer with a break, (for example through respite in a care home). 

For the purposes of this survey, short-term care does not include 'reablement' support which is designed to help a person recover and regain their independence after the effects of illness, injury or medical condition.

This consultation is primarily for unpaid carers, social care workers and anyone using short-term care to complete.

Why we are consulting

The information from this consultation will be used to help Sheffield City Council produce a short-term care strategy for older people. The strategy will help change and improve short-term care options across the city.

The consultation is entirely anonymous – however if you would like to speak with someone about your answers in more detail, please leave your contact details at the end of the survey.


  • All Areas


  • Carers
  • Older People


  • Keeping Healthy and Well, Accessing Care and Support