Homeshare respite sought for people with disabilities

A homeshare respite scheme run by the Brothers of Charity South East offers support to adults with an intellectual disability, and their families. And now families are being sought to paricipate in this wonderful scheme which allows families to take these much-needed breaks.

A homeshare respite scheme run by the Brothers of Charity South East offers support to adults with an intellectual disability, and their families. And now families are being sought to paricipate in this wonderful scheme which allows families to take these much-needed breaks.

The homeshare scheme links a person with a disability to a family or individual, known as the host carer, who can provide the person’s family with short breaks on a regular basis. This is very flexible and can be anything from a few hours during the week to overnight stays and weekends.

“We feel that everybody involved benefits from this scheme. It is a chance for families to have a well deserved break and to recharge their batteries while at the same time, it gives your family the chance to share your time and interests with the person who comes to stay,” said the Brothers of Charity in Clonmel.

“Adults who choose to avail of this service are carefully matched to the families who respond to be involved. The incentive is to provide an opportunity for people with a disability to be part of the host family’s social networks, and to benefit from community and social inclusion outside of their regular respite and day services.”

Every host carer will have a social worker to support them through the entire process, from the application, through to training and assessment. Support is also available from other professionals who are involved in the person’s life, and from their families. There is also a set allowance that is paid to host carers, which varies according to the duration of the stay. Training will be provided on the extra tasks involved in caring for a person with an intellectual disability.

If you feel that this is something that you could participate in and you are interested in becoming a host carer, the homeshare co-ordinator from the Social Work Department with the Brothers of Charity will be there to assist and support you. An application form must be completed and you will be required to attend a training course. From here, a social worker will then call to your home on a number of occasions to discuss what you and your family can offer a person with a disability who comes to stay. A confidential report will then be prepared and presented to the homeshare panel for approval, while Garda clearance, medical and reference checks will have to be undertaken. Introductions between host carers and the person will be supported by the Social Work Department. Breaks will be arranged in accordance with the person and the host carer.

For more information, please contact: the Homeshare Co-ordinator, The Social Work Department, Brothers of Charity Services South East, Child & Family Centre, 2 Jervis Place, Parnell Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Call 052 6124499 or email homesharetipp@tipperary.brothersofcharity.ie