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Adult Learning Disability – Short Breaks

Short breaks are available through a range of options. They are offered to families on a planned basis utilising the resources available at the Respite Cottages in Shepherds Way in Derry City and Beltany House in Omagh.

Direct payments are also made to families for short breaks when this is deemed necessary or appropriate based on assessed need. Other residential and nursing facilities are also used on occasions to provide emergency breaks to enable our response to crisis in the community.

Families also benefit from short breaks such as access to befriending and sitting services. Some short breaks will also be provided through the Host Care scheme (see Shared Lives Short Term Adult Placement Scheme below).


  • Respite Care
    Statutory (Trust run) Short Break Facilities

    Short Break Cottages, Shepherds Way, Dungiven Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 5GW. Telephone 028 7134 4484

    The unit provides a short break services for clients with varying degrees of learning disability. The facility covers Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane and facilitates clients who normally live at home full time with a carer. The unit provides a home from home environment and the clients are supported to enjoy the break. They are facilitated to plan and participate in activities of their choosing.

    Beltany House, 15 Beltany Road, Omagh, BT78 5NA. Telephone: 028 8224 9902

    Beltany House is a 3 bed residential short breaks facility situated on the outskirts of Omagh. The unit offers families and carers of adults with a learning disability the opportunity to experience a short break as their relative with learning disability is cared for in a homely and safe environment. Beltany House also provides a day care sitting service on a daily basis.

  • Residential, Short Break and Inpatient Facilities


    Residential Facilities 
    Mantlin Court, Kesh – 17 Beds
    Creamery House, Kesh – 11 Beds
    Ralphs Close, Londonderry – 16 Beds
    Mantlin Cottage, Enniskillen – 9 Beds
    Craigdene Residential, Londonderry – 13 Beds
    Drumary Residential, Enniksillen – 17 Beds
    Belmont Cottage (Apex), Londonderry – 33 Beds
    Meadowbank Nursing (Four Seasons), Londonderry – 12 Places
    Barnlee Care Home, Lisnaskea – 12 Places
    Fairview House, Londonderry – 13 Places

    Short Break
    Beltany House, Omagh – 3 Beds
    Adult Short Break Cottage, Londonderry – 7 Beds
    Owen Mor Care Home, Londonderry – 7 Beds

    Inpatient Facility 

    Lakeview Hopital, Londonderry – 10 Beds

  • Shared Lives Adult Placement Scheme (Long and Short Term)

    The Shared Lives service provides a number of long term adult placements and short breaks through the provision of a host care service. This service is regulated by Regulation Quality and Improvement Authority. This short break provision provides a meaningful break for the service user and their carers. This type of Short Break is provided in the family home of the Shared Lives Carers. A Short Break can consist of a few hours per day, overnight stays or a longer break.

    For further information on becoming a Host Carer for eligible adults with Learning Disabilities, please contact Emma Nutt, Social Worker, Lakeview Hospital, Londonderry

    Community Team, Lakeview: Telephone: 028 7186 4362 or Shared Lives Social Worker Mobile: 077 9522 4118