Respite assessment

so this afternoon, we had our assessment to see if we are eligible to go on respite. this respite place is called abode and it is for disabled people. the disabilities people have range from sensory disabilities, to physical disabilities. some of the people who go there use wheelchairs, some dont. the lady that assessed me was called clare and she was really nice. very approachable and down to earth.
She told me that at this respite place, they do respite, and they also provide other services, like long term residential facilities, apartments and day programmes.
she told me some things about the place first. she said that to start off I’d be given a trial respite period of 4 nights to see if I liked the place. While I am there I will be able to participate in all of the activities which include art, music, drama, aromatherapy, quizzes, amongst other things. She said while I am there my PA can come and we can go out to the mall or the movies or if I wanted to I could go visit friends. I’m not confined to staying in the respite place the whole time.
She asked me if I was ok with my personal care, and I told her that yes I am and I do not need any help in that regard. She said while I am there I’d have my own room, with an on suite bathroom and shower. They also have wifi which I was really glad about. She asked me if I was able to manage my own meds, and I said yes and she was delighted and said that was ok and that I just needed to sign a consent form to say I could manage my own medication and I’d be good to go.
She said that I could bring nitro, there wouldnt be a problem with him coming, and that staff would help me clean up after him and that that wouldnt be an issue.
She said if after my trial period that I liked the place, we could talk about the next visit and on the next occasion I could go for 7 nights. She said I could request certain dates to go on respite and if they were available I could have them, we’ll all be given a calendar at the beginning of the year and we have to work off of that.
It sounds excellent. I was really impressed.
The meeting to decide about whether I can go on respite is next Tuesday. She said she’d write to me after the meeting to let me know the outcome. But she seemed really positive. So I’m pretty sure I’ll get to go. She said when she writes to me with the outcome the next step will be to go to the centre and take a look around before we pick some dates to do the trial. I’m very excited. This looks so promising. Finally I might get to go on respite and get a few days break. I hope so.

Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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