- Vicki High
- Canberra, Act
Disability care - families sharing the workload...
Just watched an Australian program on families having to 'give up' their children with disabilities because they were unable to continue to look after them 24/7 (particularly those with other children)...the main issue being access to respite. Had the idea that perhaps the families could share the burden by (with government assistance) purchasing a group home and then sharing the time looking after the kids. So for example, for four families with intellectually disabled children each week two parents from two families care for them on a roster type system. This way each family would still have lots of contact with their child (which they all want) but also have two weeks with unbroken sleep and reduced stress levels. By having the parents from two different families work together for a week they would be able to practically support each other during that time as well as emotional and educational support. Obviously this would need to be thought out such as not having an "adult" male with behavioural problems including violence with a disabled child who was unable to protect themselves. Also it would still require professional support/carers. I wonder what other people think????