19 Jun Finding a home away from home
Last month, a new short-term respite accommodation for children with disability aged 7-17 launched at Uniting Belfield House.
The newly renovated accommodation is a safe, nurturing place that sleeps six, offering stays from one night or a weekend or up to a week or more.
Each team member works with only one or two children at a time in line with a profile of likes, interests, preferred ways to communicate and anything else they need to know to make the child comfortable and happy.
Jan Cook’s sons are enjoying the newly renovated accommodation for short-term respite but says making the decision to seek respite wasn’t easy.
“As a parent, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make was to put my 12-year-old twin boys into respite care,” said Jan. “But with each visit to Uniting Belfield House, I have witnessed the care, patience and nurturing by the team towards my sons. The boys are thriving and they’re very happy.”
“Belfield House is enriching my boys lives in a way that I was unable to do as a single parent,” she said.
The key feature of the service is that it is child-led, meaning daily programs are planned around what children tell the team they prefer doing, for example going to the park, or watching a film. The respite service offers on-site features including:
- An in-ground trampoline
- A sensory room with swing
- Education-based games and apps on iPads
- Books to read and interactive games to play.
The service accepts referrals from any region and respite can be funded by a child’s NDIS Plan using core support funding.
Sarah – another Mum of two boys with disability – also uses Uniting Belfield House for respite and says it’s made a huge difference to the life of their family.
“I can’t tell you the relief I felt,” said Sarah. “It just totally changed our world.”
Watch Sarah’s story below.
Get in touch
For more information about child-led disability respite at Uniting Belfield House, call us on 1800 864 846, email us or download a brochure.