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Home Care and Supported Living for Children and Families

 

Victoria Selman

 

The importance of home care and supported living for families which have a special needs child cannot be underestimated.


Home care and supported living services include periodic respite for care givers and on-going assistance to families looking after a special needs child; be it to take the pressure off parents or to develop the disabled child's independence.


Home care and supported living enables children with mental and physical disabilities to live with their families in their own homes. Home care and supported living also benefit the child's primary carers. For instance, the adult or adults who have primary responsibility for looking after the child may need a break from care-giving. Home care and supported living includes occasional respite services to enable the carers to do this.


Home care and supported living for children and families can take on many crucial aspects:


Home Care and Supported Living Gives the Main Carers a Break


Home care and supported living can involve respite care. This means that outside carers will come into the home of the child with special needs and care for him or her so that the parents or guardians can take a break from their everyday care duties.


Home Care and Supported Living Takes the Pressure off Parents


Home care and supported living is not always about looking after the child with special needs. It can also involve outside carers coming in to look after the other children in the family or simply carrying out household chores. This takes the pressure of the parents so that they can more easily look after the child with special needs.


Home Care and Supported Living Develops the Special Needs Child


Home care and supported living also helps to develop the child with special needs. For instance, outside carers can come into the child's home and encourage and help him or her to carry out tasks him or herself.


Choosing the Right Home Care Services


A child with special needs affects each family differently. Some children are able to live relatively independently whilst others might need constant care and attention. Therefore it is essential for parents of special needs children to choose home care services carefully to ensure that their specific requirements are met.

 

 

 

 


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