Respite Care for Children and Adults
The importance of making the right choice of provider for the respite care of children or adults cannot be underestimated.
Quality respite is not just beneficial to a child with the condition but also for family and friends who are often carers.
The freedom that respite care provides, no matter how brief, can be a real positive and allow for a little 'me time' which is necessary to keep the relationship fresh and active.
What is Respite Care?
Respite is a short break in the responsibility of looking after a person in your care. From time to time this is needed to make sure you have the strength to carry on. The vast majority of families responsible for care of their loved one do so with great will, but over time it becomes necessary to have take a break from what can become a burden in order to manage the process.
It might be that a carer wants to have a short holiday or even just to have time to themselves shopping or just to have some 'me time'.
There are many schemes and charities designed to help carers and families with respite care and the best way to find out about is asking people in similar circumstances and of course the internet.
Many local authorities are able to point you in the right direction and it may be possible to get funding to help with paying for respite.
Respite care for people with cerebral palsy can be provided both in their home as a domiciliary service or in external settings such as care and nursing homes, with many in welcoming seaside surroundings.
Carefully choosing appropriate respite care is a must to make sure both you and your loved one are properly provided for and this will give comfort at a tender time. The first thing you should do is to ask what accreditation the potential provider has and ask for proof, and secondly asking for testimonials and recommendations as word of mouth is a powerful medium in the decision making process.
Do not leave your respite care choice to chance, make sure for your own peace of mind that you take all the right steps to decide on whats best.
We have provided a link to the Care Quality Commission site and this is a great place to find accredited respite providers.
Another is ask family and friends for recommendations.
Please contact us with your stories, referrals and of course any
places to avoid. Let us together help families who have to make a difficult choice and support their needs to find appropriate respite care.
What is your experience with Respite Care?
Recommendation and feedback is always useful and invaluable to others like you.