RESPITE CARE OF HOUMA
Welcome to Respite Care of Houma – A crisis/emergency shelter for disabled and homeless children.
MIDLAND HOUSE AND OFFICE
“RESPITE” INTERVAL OF REST AND RELIEF FOR PARENTS OF DISABLED 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.