A relieving safety net
That respite care is also available for caregivers who might simply have a doctor appointment or job interview and don’t have anyone dependable to care for their child.
“Just knowing that that safety net is there is a relief,” Carol says.
Picking Mia up was like reuniting after a sleepaway camp — hugs, joy, and Mia bursting with stories of all the fun things she’d done.
A lot of kids call it Camp Lehman or The Kids Hotel, Eric says.
Carol also started going to the parent support group once a week. It’s a chance to share her struggles and triumphs.
When Mia was diagnosed with autism, she went to the support group and cried. But she also learned she wasn’t alone.
“We share the trials and tribulations. We share the joys and the tears and everything else, and I know Mia is safe in the other room and happy,” Carol says.