North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 685)
Stacy Georges, Founder of Special Needs Respite, was the guest on this episode of North Fulton Business Radio discussing the care for caregivers that her nonprofit offers. She talked with host John Ray about the needs of caregivers who have children who need round-the-clock care. Stacy shared stories of families who have benefitted from having care so they can take a break, what happens when parents don’t get a break, adult special needs children, coming events, and more.
Special Needs Respite
Respite care is a form of short-term substitute care for children with special needs, be it mental, emotional, or physical, and is provided by someone other than parents or the usual 24/7 caretakers of the child. It gives parents a break from their exhausting job.
As a group, parents of special needs children are more stressed, and even more at risk for divorce, or worse. Also, according to ARCH National Respite network, three-fifths of family caregivers age 19-64 surveyed recently by the Commonwealth Fund reported fair or poor health, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability, compared with only one-third of non-caregivers.
Respite is something that parents of special needs children desperately need. Although programs in Georgia exist to help these parents, such as the NOW waiver, there is a very long waiting list and very little money available. Many families, as a result, don’t have funds available for such an essential service, putting a strain on them physically, emotionally, and financially.
Special Needs Respite helps bridge the existing funding gap that many parents have when trying to get childcare for their special needs child. They can provide funds that will pay qualified caregivers to care for these children when no other way to pay is available to the parents.
Stacy Georges, Founder, Special Needs Respite
Stacy Georges has been serving the disability community for 32 Years. The last 15 years have been focused on serving families here in Metro Atlanta. Even in a densely populated area such as Metro Atlanta, there are families isolated and decimated due to their children’s special needs. This results in loss if hope, and frequently ends in murder suicide. These are the families we can give hope.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- What is Respite?
- Why is Respite important?
- What happens when parents DON’T get Respite?
- Shouldn’t my Taxes pay for this service?
- How can we help?
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