Short Breaks and the impact it has on families
We support, families, relatives, Carers with our Short Breaks service to give them a break from caring, while the person they care for is looked after by us.
We will look at the person’s needs, wishes and goals to advise them, their family or Carer on the best route of support in terms of the frequency and type of service we can provide, whether that is out in the community or at one of our purpose-built buildings.
When Jack joined our services, he was filled with nervousness and shyness. He relied heavily on continuous reassurance, always seeking confirmation of when his mother would return to take him home. His attachment to his mother was so strong that it created challenges within his family dynamics. The situation called for support, understanding, and the fostering of his independence.
Through the dedicated efforts of his support network working together his journey began to unfold in a remarkable way. Initially reluctant to attend Short Breaks, he gradually discovered the joys of participating in various activities. From swimming to going out in the car, he embraced new experiences and even became an expert at memorising routes and directing the driver! His transformation extended to his eating habits as well, as he ventured beyond his restricted diet, exploring new foods with newfound curiosity.
But the impact of his journey reached far beyond his own personal growth. The positive changes he experienced had a profound effect on his family. Jack’s mother was able to start apply for jobs due to these moments of respite. She found time for herself again which made her so happy, whilst knowing Jack was safe and enjoying himself.
In a delightful twist, there were even moments when he would reject his mother’s company, eager to venture out and explore the world around him. His regular attendance at Short Breaks, two or three times a week, has truly transformed the lives of both this person and his family, fostering a newfound maturity in their relationships.
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