Scott R: Wants his independence

It is not uncommon for family care givers to experience health issues themselves.  Respite can provide a vital service in this type of situation, helping both the client and the family caregiver to achieve both quality care goals and needed breaks for restoring energy.

Scott is a young man diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  As his mother, Karie, began to have difficulties with the more physical aspects of Scott’s care Helping Hands Respite Care providers were called on to provide in-home care.  Then, five years ago, Karie’s escalating health issues required her to receive care herself from Helping Hands.

Her illness and subsequent condition threatened to separate her from her son. When Karie was afflicted with a severe physical condition and had four brain surgeries, Helping Hands was the support she needed to remain with Scott.<strong> “I have been very fortunate to get care providers who are very committed to Scott and myself, “</strong>said Karie.

For many primary caregivers one of their greatest fears is the future. As part of the patient centered family care plan Helping Hands care providers have sought to consistently help Scott to be independent. This involves teaching Scott to do the activities of daily living to help him reach that independence. In the future Scott hopes to be able to move into an apartment with several other men his age.

Until Scott achieves his goals of independence Karie continues to use Helping Hands Respite Care to get needed breaks to manage her own medical appointments, shopping, socializing with friends, and even to catch-up on much needed sleep.<strong> “The care providers have taught Scott many things which are small, but added together they are very big,”</strong> concluded Karie.