Friday, 11 February 2011

What is a respite unit?

Many parents of disabled children describe the respite units who support their families as their lifeline. The respite units are a home-from-home, a place where the children can stay overnight, have fun, learn independence, play and socialise with their peers while their families take a break from 24/7 lifelong caring. It means both child and family get a break from their caring situation.

Granada Reports met a family who uses Maplewood House and found out just how important it is to keep such respite units open. Maplewood House manager Tracey Morris showed reporter Rob Smith the facilities at Maplewood. You can watch the news item here

Lancashire has 8 respite units:
Alexandra House, Lancaster,
Tel: 01524 37606
South Avenue, Morecambe,
Tel: 01524 411530
The Bungalow, Preston,
Tel: 01772 716252
Maplewood House, Bamber Bridge,
Preston, Tel: 01772 336384
Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk,
Tel: 01695 572861
Long Copse, Chorley,
Tel: 01257 264485
Reedley Cottages, Burnley,
Tel: 01282 602245
Hargreaves House, Oswaldtwistle,
Tel: 01254 235675