Respite Care - - Part II Benefits of Respite Care

Parent Teacher Conference Handout

Introduction

This Parent Teacher Conference Handout covers:

Respite Care -- Part II

Benefits of Respite Care

In the last PTCH Respite Care wad defined and explained as a service for parents of children with severe disabilities. This PTCH will explain the benefits to parent of respite care

In addition to providing direct relief, respite has added benefits for families, including:

  • Relaxation: Respite gives families peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humor and their energy
  • Enjoyment: Respite allows families to enjoy favorite pastimes and pursue new activities
  • Stability: Respite improves the family’s ability to cope with daily responsibilities and maintain stability during crisis
  • Preservation: Respite helps preserve the family unit and lessens the pressures that might lead to institutionalization, divorce, neglect and child abuse
  • Involvement: Respite allows families to become involved in community activities and to feel less isolated
  • Time Off: Respite allows families to take that needed vacation, spend time together and time alone
  • Enrichment: Respite makes it possible for family members to establish individual identities and enrich their own growth and development.

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