Jeremy and I have come to learn that having a special needs child means having to ask for help. Help is hard to find. A teenager in the neighborhood is not equipped to watch him. Getting out just to run errands can be a challenge, let alone Jeremy and I go out on a date. It can be overwhelming and extremely frustrating (I have blogged about this is the past, Help Wanted).
Thankfully we have some help through a waiver available to special needs children in Virginia. First we had an attendant, now we have a nurse. Still that does not mean our life is not complicated and hectic. Brayden is being well taken care of but it only covers the basics for us like the ability to run errands, tending to Carter and Luke and their school activities.
Yesterday, Jeremy and I had the opportunity to meet with director of Jill's House. The facility is the first of its kind; a place for overnight respite care and therapy programs. The building is such a special place and made for the children to really enjoy. With outdoor themed wings, sensory rooms, music room, swimming pool and so much more. The facility is planned to open sometime in the fall. Check out their webpage, Jill's House and facebook (watch the videos, they are good).
Where do you find your help?