Eric is a 22-year old man with cerebral palsy who needs help to transfer to and from his wheelchair. He lives at home with both his parents in suitable housing; his father also has cerebral palsy. His mother is the main carer with additional input from paid carers, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and social work. There is no extended family input into the household, which is very busy most of the time with numerous paid carers and professionals involved in supporting the family. This leaves Eric with little privacy.
Eric’s short break
It was identified that the family needed a break, in discussions with all concerned it was agreed that what best suited their needs was for Eric to have a break on his own thus relieving the pressure on all family members. It was recognised and understood however that it was essential to ensure whatever was offered was age appropriate to achieve maximum benefit for all concerned. In the end a 5-day break was arranged for Eric and a companion (one of his own friends) to attend a world championship pool competition in England. Accommodation plus all reasonable expenses were included in the cost.