What is Respite Care?
For many people, there are friends and family on hand to provide caring breaks when you need a night out or a weekend get-away. If you have a sudden emergency, your social network is there for you if you must leave your child with someone else for a few days. A weekend at Granny’s can be an exciting adventure for your child.
It can be exhausting to have full-time care for a child with difficult and demanding physical or emotional issues. Looking after a child with disabilities might be a 24/7 duty.
All foster carers need to have an abundance of energy, plenty of patience, and sensitivity to the feelings of the child. They also need time to recharge their energy levels. It is important to know that you are able to have a night out or a weekend away or a week at the beach once in a while. Taking a short break is a great benefit to both the foster parent and the child.
When there are complicated disabilities to contend with, a weekend break for parents can be hard to arrange. This is the case whether the parents are foster or birth parents. It takes time to explain and demonstrate how to properly attend to a child with special needs.
This is when respite fostering is invaluable. Some carers specialise in providing much needed breaks for a parent or parents, foster and birth. If a child has a disability or seriously challenging behaviour or health issues, that can place parents under constant pressure. A break also allows the parents to take a holiday or attend to urgent family commitments.
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Respite foster care is planned in advance and for a predetermined length of time, which is rarely more than a couple of weeks. It is one of the types of care where carers can plan their schedule in advance. The arrangements typically involve the same child staying with the same foster family at regular intervals. Having the same respite care placement is reassuring to the child as it offers a sense of familiarity.
The break can be viewed as a “holiday” and the young people can feel assured that they will return to their regular home after a short time away. If the child has already been removed from their birth home, being taken out of their habitual living arrangements may be frightening.
It is important to make it clear to the child that the break is not about unloading a burden but about broadening the child’s range of experience and demonstrating that they are part of a larger network than they might realise.
Capstone is always looking for families who are interested in fostering. Our professionals are always available to talk about the services provided. There is no better time than right now. To learn more about our service, the benefits, and the support we offer, please contact us at our local office on 01706 623540.