Respite Care of Houma Continued


Welcome to Respite Care of Houma – A crisis/emergency shelter for disabled and homeless children.


DIRECTOR: Sister Rosario O’Connell

Respite is a way of
“Keeping Families Together”.

“Respite Care gives parents peace of mind while enjoying some time away from the constant responsibility of caring for a disabled loved one.
Respite is a lifesaver.”

Respite Care of Houma provides respite services to families of individuals with developmental disabilities. A developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability which is caused by a mental and/or physical impairment occurring before the age of 22. With a developmental disability, the impairment is likely to continue indefinitely and results in the individuals severe limitations in areas such as self-care, language, learning, mobility, self-direction, independent living, and self-sufficiency.
“Services like these are a real need for families under high levels of stress”

Respite Care of Houma provides “time off” for families who care for a loved one with developmental disabilities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It can be the support a family needs to keep their child at home, rather than institutionalizing him/her. RCH provides care so that the family may leave their loved one with a trained host. This “time off” allows spouses an opportunity for more time with each other and their children. Respite is seen as a preventative to child abuse and as a means of keeping families together. Statistics show that parents of children with handicaps have divorce rates twice as high as those whose children have no disabilities.

Respite Care of Houma


The Respite Care of Houma has been three years in the planning.
Since Sister has seen so much family dysfunction and pain over the years
she wanted a way to intervene to prevent such happenings and the the breakage of families,
thus the concept of respite was developed.

Respite is a way of
“Keeping Families Together”.

“Respite Care gives parents peace of mind while enjoying some time away from the constant responsibility of caring for a disabled loved one.
Respite is a lifesaver.”

4 tips for beating childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is becoming a huge concern for the parents and society as a whole. More and more kids are growing overweight every year. This has raised concern regarding the future health of these children. Here are some tips to beat childhood obesity.

Consider food choices

You should make better food choices for your children. You shouldn’t restrict your children from eating. This may lead to eating disorder. Instead, you should help your children make better food choices. You should teach your children the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, protein, carbohydrate, etc. every day.

Get them involved in activities

You should involve your kids in activities that they enjoy. They should get a positive view of exercising at a very young age. Don’t let them get hooked up on video games, computer or television during their free time.


Never compare them with others

You shouldn’t compare your kids with other children. This will let your kids have low self-esteem throughout their lives. Don’t tell them how bad they look when they are overweight. You should instead encourage them to exercise and develop self-confidence.

Become a role model for your child

You should practice good eating habit and maintain your proper weight. You should be engaged in regular activities to keep your body fit. Your children will look up to you and follow you.

You should take the issue of obesity lightly. It leads to many severe diseases when the kids get older. So, you have to take appropriate measures now so that your children remain fit and healthy.

5 important life skills children should learn

Children should learn some basic skills to grow into successful adults. These skills will help them to be independent and survive any crucial situations.

1. Swimming


You can start teaching your kids how to swim when they are one year old. Ages 1 to 6 are the best times to learn swimming. Knowing how to swim can save kids from drowning. When they become adults, they can enjoy various water-related sports. It is a great exercise as well for the whole body.

2. Basic cooking


Having the basic cooking skills can help your kids later in life. By getting into the kitchen at an earlier age, they will learn to eat healthier and will be excited to try out new foods. You can start by asking your kids to help you in stirring batter or assembling pizzas.

3. Do laundry


You can ask your kids to help you when you are doing laundry. You can ask them to fold towels or put their clothes away. You should teach them not to throw their dirty clothes on the floors of their bedroom.

4. Learn how to read map


This will help them to find their way home in case they are lost. You should teach them the basic road safety rules. You can also teach your kid of age more than 8 years how to travel on public transportation.

5. Taking care of someone else


You can have a pet in your house and let your kid take care of it. You can start with a goldfish and then get a cat or a dog. You can also encourage them to plant trees and take care of them.

All these skills will be very helpful for surviving when the kids grow up to be adults. So, you should find time to teach your kids these crucial skills.