Amy is a 23-year-old lady with Downs Syndrome who lives with her parents who are her main carers. Amy also has a younger sister who also had Downs Syndrome and a brother at university. Amy’s brother is able to offer his parents assistance when he is back from university. Some minimal day care is offered by way of respite to the parents with some informal support also being offered by neighbours.
Amy & her family’s short break
Both parents were in need of regular breaks from caring for their daughters. It was important therefore that breaks for both siblings were coordinated to coincide with each other and were age appropriate as well as being acceptable to the parents who were anxious as to what might be available. What was identified in the end were regular breaks (approximately 5 days every 2 months) at an activity centre, which could accommodate both sisters at the same time. The facility concerned had a dedicated respite unit and staff, which were more than capable of catering for both their needs. Hence both sisters were able to enjoy a break together and engage in a range of activities which took their interest such as canoeing, cycling, rambling etc.