Respite for parents of children with disabilities and SEN, is something I know little about but want to find out more about. I have an idea I want to work on, and would be grateful to hear anyones' experience or respite or lack of it. It was mentioned to us once, when things were at their worst, by the on-call psychiatrist, but never mentioned again. It is specifically respite for parents/carers that I am interested in. I'm not necessarily looking for respite for our family, but I want a better picture of what is available, and how it varies from area to area.
If you are able to offer me any insight, please comment below, email me at email@example.com, or DM me on Twitter.
Some of the questions I have whirling round my head are:
Is it something that people are offered, or does it have to be requested?
How is it decided if parents qualify for respite care?
Is it means tested at all?
How is it decided how much respite is given?
What form does the respite care take?
Has it been a victim of economic cutbacks and reduced in recent times?
Are there any charities or support group for parents and carers of children with SEN and disabilities?
Are there any charities that already provide respite care such as this?
Many thanks in advance for any experiences you can share with me.