Bigham, A., Cunningham, J., & Johnston, K. (2017). Respite Care for Families of Children with Disabilities: A University/Faith Community Model. Journal of Christian Nursing, 34(1). doi:10.1097/cnj.0000000000000360
This month we are sharing an article from the Journal of Christian Nursing. This article examines the need for respite care by analyzing parental stress scores before and after a respite care camp. It also explores how schools of nursing and faith communities can partner to increase the availability of programs. The information for the article was collected from surveys given to parents of children with special needs who attended respite summer camps in the southeastern United States.
Results and conclusions
- The stress scores of parents decreased significantly from pre-intervention (before summer camp) to post-intervention (after summer camp).
- The article highlights the advantages of peer modeling and including children who do not have disabilities in the summer camps in order to have a more inclusive environment.
- Lastly it recognized the need to include therapy such us speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy at the respite camps
You can access the full article here.