Tips For Choosing Respite Care Services For Children
Being the primary care giver for a child with an intellectual disability can be a challenging, exhausting but ultimately rewarding job. People in the workforce tend to get scheduled time off, however it is rare that a carer will get time off, making it truly a 24 hour 7 days a week responsibility. This lack of dedicated personal time can lead to feelings of frustration and guilt, and in some cases can be the main factor in the development of depression. This is where respite care services for children can be vital …
With this in mind, it’s good to know there are respite care services for children provided by us at Disability Macarthur such as the Sunflower Cottage that can provide either short term breaks or regular assistance. Respite has been found to be a vital factor in the welfare and well being of carers, and can help to relieve stress and pressure, and help you maintain a more balanced way of life.
The form of the respite you choose can vary, however in general it can encompass forms of daycare, holiday activities, events and peer support groups. The key to choosing the right form of respite for you and your child will depend greatly on your personal circumstances, their special requirements and their likes and dislikes. Let’s look at some of the factors you should consider:
• Will you require regular scheduled respite, or prefer one off events and activities for your child? While it is a fantastic idea to introduce your child to respite care gradually through limited one off activities, it is often better in the long term to have regular scheduled respite – not only will your child benefit from a routine, it will give you the ability to plan activities for yourself, give you space to rediscover old hobbies or even consider entering the workforce.
• Think about whether the activities and planned events will suit your child. You will have a good idea of what your child enjoys doing with their spare time, whether it’s dance, cooking, sports or even vocational interests. Finding respite care services for children that offer similar activities can be a great step in the right direction.
• Do some research on the care provider. Most centres will offer information on issues such as the levels of training, experience and supervision of the relevant care providers. Also ask about fees and charges to ensure it will fit with your budget.
A key factor in making respite work is having peace of mind knowing that your child is being looked after in a safe and reliable fashion, and that they are being provided with enough support to help them grow and learn. One of the best ways to find out if the respite care services will be the right choice for you is to attend one of their events or sign up for a casual “meet up” group if they offer it. You will quickly be able to tell if it is a suitable environment for you and your child.