“A FAMILY MEMBERS PERSPECTIVE”
When Colin's family moved to Memphis in the Mid-80's they didn’t know anyone when they arrived. With the help of The Arc’s respite care that was immediately provided during their first visit to Memphis, they were allowed an opportunity to begin house-hunting, and get settled.
Colin still loves the weekend retreats and summer camps, and his parents certainly enjoy the regular break that the respite programs provide. His mom says, “The Arc has become our family here in Memphis; I don’t know what we’d do without it!"
In many families, it is common for children to attend day care or after-school care, interact with peers and adults outside the family, or stay with a child care provider while their parents enjoy an evening out. Respite care provided by The Arc Mid-South’s Direct Support Professionals offers these same opportunities for families with members who have special needs. Respite care is short term care that helps a family take a break from the daily routine and stress of care-giving. It can be provided in the client's home or in a variety of out-of-home settings and is an essential part of the overall support that families may need to keep their family member with a disability or chronic illness at home. The primary objective of the respite program is for families to avoid the need to institutionalize their loved one.