Over the years we have had quite of few different respite care workers in our home. Some people we would find in the community on our own, While others would come from an agency that provided respite caregivers. It is always an interesting process of explaining our son, Tristan, to each of his caregivers. We try to remember every detail. At one point I had a script written out to refer to. The rules go something like this: 1) keep all doors locked—He is risk of elopement. Do not lose him! 2) If you need it cooler in our home, turn up the A/C. Do not open the windows, he will crawl out. 3) Food is an emotional issue. Please feed him upon request. Reassure we have food. 4) He has an artificial eye. Not to scare you but it can come out. Let me show you what the old one looks like to familiarize you 5) Tristan is like a two year old who is curious. Please keep that in mind. He will test you to see if you can handle him. 6) Call us if you need ANYTHING. 7) Have Fun!
That pretty much sums it up. I often leave the house hoping the time goes smoothe. The next post will continue with some of the workers and their experiences. You won’t want to miss out!