Respite can be defined as:
“A short period of rest or relief from something challenging.”
Cue parents the world over dreaming of two straight hours of peace and quiet on a Sunday afternoon. Now add a few more layers of stress in the form of special needs care, financial constraints and minimal support.
Care4u2 aims to give families who fall under these layers some much-needed respite. Jozi 4 Autism would like to support them in helping a single mom have a short break in 2022 to help her refill her mommy cup.
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A letter from Care4u2
To whom it may concern
The Respite Care/Short Break for Indigent Parents of children living with disabilities was started in 2012 by a group of ladies who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families.
Mission statement of Care4u2
The objectives are to empower and uplift the lives of cognitively and physically challenged individuals
WHAT IS RESPITE?
Respite care/short break is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members. Even though families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support. Respite care/short break provides the much needed temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by the family caregiver.
Without this relief, not only can families suffer economically and emotionally, caregivers themselves may face serious health and social risks, as a result of stress associated with continuous care giving. Three fifths of family caregivers age 19-64 surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund reported fair or poor health, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability.
Respite care/short break is the service most often requested by family caregivers, yet it is in critically short supply, inaccessible or unaffordable. While the focus has been on making sure families have the option of providing care at home, little attention has been paid to the needs of the family caregivers who make this possible. In South Africa, often due to economic circumstances, most children and adults with disabilities are cared for at home. At present, there are no statistics for caregivers in South Africa, nor is there much help or relief for family caregivers in South Africa.
Care4u2 looks at giving the caregivers the much needed rest that they require.
We have identified a single mum who is in desperate need of Respite Care. Below is a summary of her current situation.
Ms. MK is a 35 year old single mother residing in Soweto. She is the mother of two children, age 3 and 8. Her 8 year old son, has been diagnosed with autism and is currently attending Randburg Clinic School. He is a high support, non-verbal learner, who requires constant care and supervision.
She is from the lower socio-economic bracket and has her hands full with taking care of a baby and a special needs child. She has been placed under great financial and emotional strain over the past few years and has expressed how difficult her situation has been. The support based team at Randburg Clinic School believe she would greatly benefit from any respite offered.
Care4u2 has approved her application. We will be sending Ms MK with a friend that she has chosen to go away with for a weekend in January 2022. Her mum will come and look after the kids while she is away. We hope by then the expected 4th wave would have settled. If not, we will re-schedule the Respite weekend.
Care4u2 will cover the accommodation , transport to and back, food, entertainment money, pamper packages and additional small items if needed.
They will also cover food for the caregiver and children who are left behind. Transport fees for the caregiver and any additional unforeseen expenses over the weekend for the children will also be covered by us.
The kids are visited by the social worker from the school just to ensure they are ok over the weekend.
In order for us to reach our objectives we need support from organisations such as yours to assist us in bringing positive change in the lives of these individuals and families.
Thank you for kindly considering being part of our Respite/ Outreach Programme.
The Care4u2 Team