Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

Respite Care Can Be Really Important to Parents of Special Needs Kids

Health & Medical Blog

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you know that there are times that it feels like you are a soldier in the trenches. You love your child more than life, but sometimes it is just really hard to be the parent your child deserves. You get tired and need a break, which is perfectly normal. One thing that you can do to help yourself, and by extension, your child, is to find some respite care. 

Respite Care

Respite care is a form of home health care. You have X amount of hours of a licensed carer who can take care of your child for you. How many hours you have depends on your insurance carrier or provider. You may be offered X hours a month or quarterly, and it is up to you to break the time down in a way that will work best for you and your family's needs. The care can happen in your house, with the licensed person coming to your house and spending time with your child there, or your child can go to their home, or to a center. Your insurance provider may have certain requirements as to where the respite care can take place, how many hours minimum and maximum you can use at any one time, and what is the upper limit of the amount they will pay. What are some benefits to using respite care?

Getting a Breather

Sometimes you and your child are going to rub against each other the wrong way, which can exacerbate problems that might be happening above and beyond any issues caused by their disability. Being able to get a few hours of respite care where you are both taking a break from each other will be able to let you both calm down and walk away from the situation for a little bit, so that when you and your child are back together, you are both calmer and you can get the situation back under control. Even just a few hours apart can be really helpful.

Raising a child with special needs can be very difficult at times. You may feel like you are all alone and that you can't get a break, but there are home health care services that can help you. The respite care can help you with your child and give everyone a break at the same time.


17 May 2019