Getting in-home assistance to care for your disabled child

2 December 2015
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There are a lot of pressures on parents with disabled children to provide ongoing medical support in addition to the normal work of parenting and running a household. Getting some in-home care can help lessen the load on busy and overwhelmed parents and help the disabled children to get improved health results. In-home care takes two forms, including direct therapeutical support as well as broader respite care, which can include non medical care such as washing, feeding and dressing your child. Read this article to learn more about in-home care for your child. 

A familar environment

For children with autism or other behavioural disorders, it can be substantially more productive to have therapy sessions in the familiar home environment compared to adding in stressful car trip and new environments. By commencing the sessions in your home, you can get the therapy underway in a comfortable environment, and you don't have to spend the time travelling. 

Training the parents

Parents are usually the day-to-day support for their child so being able to use best techniques for health care and therapy can help you to get great results. It can be useful to have a therapist in the home checking how you are doing tasks and therapy in case you are incorporating any small errors that can reduce efficiency. They can also incorporate new best practice, as busy parents don't usually have the time to do new research into their child's care.

This can be useful for both for therapy techniques and the heavy lifting of bathing, feeding and transporting your child where a better technique can help make the tasks safer and easier for you.

Relief from care

Getting some help with the non medical tasks using in-home care can give you some respite from the physically and emotionally draining parts of parenting a disabled child. Having this respite can give you some time to get out and get some errands done, some time to recharge or just time to take an uninterrupted shower or nap.  By getting some relief, you can also keep up your health. And you'll also have some options for back up care if you have a health issue.

There are many good reasons to seek out in-home care for your disabled child. If you receive a carer's pension, or have a child with an assessed disability, you can often receive government assistance for your child. If you are interested in organising in-home care for your family, you should contact a home care service that can help you to organise and coordinate care.