Respite care provides short-term child care services to parents and other caregivers in order to provide temporary reprieve, promote family stability, and lessen the likelihood of abuse or neglect occurring in the home. During crises or times of crisis, respite care can be organized or made available. Foster, kinship, and adoptive families, as well as birth families in need of help, may be able to take advantage of respite services.
Respite services can be either in the form of a planned respite or a sudden respite. At AC cares, we are able to get the respite that you need, so that you can return happy and refreshed to your all-important role as caretaker.
Additionally, respite care can be in the home or out of the home, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Fine motor skills means doing particular things involving the hands and fingers, such as the ability to pick up objects – such as a child grasping and releasing a toy, typing, handwriting, hand tasks using tools, or computer skills. When a person has poor fine motor skills, they may be unable to participate in daily life independently, as so many activities done regularly involve fine motor control. Working with an occupational therapist will not only help the person to gain independence by increasing the number and variety of tasks they are able to complete independently, but will also magnify the person’s confidence and self-esteem when they aren’t so reliant upon others.
Hand-eye coordination involves being able to coordinate the actions of one’s hands with what is seen. While hand-eye coordination may be well developed and even unconscious in many people, for others, seemingly simple tasks such as catching a ball or stacking objects may feel like an insurmountable task. Occupational therapy works to improve hand-eye coordination, which helps people in play, sports and daily living.
Basic life skills are those tasks which a person accomplishes every day in self-care and survival. While basic life skills may feel natural and instinctual to some people, for others, such life skills as eating independently, bathing, getting dressed, and brushing teeth are challenges too overwhelming to achieve daily. Occupational therapy works to teach and improve daily life skills, which are vital for independent living and personal development.
School skills – from handwriting to handling manipulatives – enhance the school experience for children, and are an important area of focus for occupational therapists working with school-age children. Children lacking in such abilities find that the task of learning and absorbing new material is overshadowed by the difficulties in navigating the classroom, homework and classwork tasks, and social school scenarios. Occupational therapists work to improve needed skills for school, which help to build confidence and open the door to learning on a higher level in school.