Dynamics of the CDSS Respite Care Program

CDSS Respite care program

CDSS offers clients, as part of its support program, “Respite Care” which we feel is important especially in this COVID 19 era.

Respite care is a process where a support worker provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. Parents or guardians of children with special needs or significant disabilities can get care delivered at home, (which is often the case), at a care facility, or other location.  Even when the community is out of lookdown restrictions, Social distancing rules & the other requirements (to prevent the spread of COVID19) mean special needs children & families may be forced to isolate, stay at home for extended periods &/or have reduced social interaction outdoors.  These realities can have very detrimental effects on family cohesion & can place added stress on primary care givers, family members & the special needs children themselves.  This is where the CDSS Respite Care program can help relieve the problems of stay-at-home orders or reduced social interaction outdoors.  Our Respite Care program give individuals time out & the participant the care & attention they need to get through these tough times.

 The dynamics of Respite care

Family members looking after high needs children can often feel overwhelmed in their roles as caregivers & should take some time out to recharge.  Moreover, family members or guardians acting as the primary care givers for special needs children, can sometimes find the responsibility too demanding & overwhelming.  Respite care is important as it helps the whole family find time for themselves.

The individual with special needs attending programs or activities as part of their respite care will be engaged in events that work on their social skill abilities & independence.  Primary caregivers also get time to rest, relieve stress, run errands, or catch up with matters they had no time for because of the demands of the special need’s individual in their life.  As a parent or guardian, sometimes it is hard to remember that you need to take care of yourself as well as your child, and respite care allows parents time to take care of their mental and physical well-being.

Other facets of respite care

Just to recap, Respite care provides temporary relief for a primary caregiver, enabling you to take a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving for disabled family members.  Respite care also supports families who are experiencing high levels of stress who need a short break every now and then.  A child working with a respite carer, gives their family a break to relax and unwind. Respite care can take place during the school holidays, alternate weekends, social outings or just on an ad-hoc basis.  Whatever the occasion, timing, or reason, the CDSS Respite Care program should always be in the mix when caring for children with disabilities.