Respite Care and Short Term Care
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Respite care or short term care service is designed to give temporary break to parents from care giving duties & the person they care for. Respite care can be for a few hours during the day or full day. It can also be overnight or for longer periods like a few weeks. You might use respite care occasionally or on a regular basis.
Respite care is also a break for your child. Your child can have a change from their usual routine. This can help your child develop new skills and some independence. Respite care provides parents and other caregivers with short-term child care services that offer temporary relief, improve family stability, and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect.
Emergency respite care
Most respite care services need to be booked in advance, but you might be able to get emergency and short-term crisis care if you unexpectedly can’t care for your child or young adult – for example, if you’re ill or any unavoidable circumstances.
Emergency respite care might be for a few hours, overnight or for several days or more.
Music therapy, story time, lookouts, sports clubs and other community or volunteer groups can give your child something fun to get involved in.
They can also be an opportunity for you to have a break and connect with other local parents.
Respite gives families peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humour and energy.
Respite allows families to enjoy favourite pastimes and pursue new activities.
Respite improves the family’s ability to handle daily responsibilities and increases stability.
Respite helps preserve the family unit.
Respite allows families to be more involved in community activities.
Respite allows families to take a needed vacation, spend time together, or time alone.
Respite makes it possible for family members to enrich their own growth and development.