Category Archives: Downs syndrome
Big issue: Families fear respite care cuts
Warwickshire County Council plans to cut £1.7m from its budget could leave carers at breaking point, reports Mary Griffin
“My whole world revolves around Aleisha,” says Rebecca Page. “It has to.”
Rebecca’s life plan has changed dramatically since her daughter Aleisha was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three.
Seven years on, Aleisha is never left alone, needing one-to-one attention 24 hours a day.
Rebecca, who lives near Southam and left her career as a specialist teacher to become a full-time mum, says: “She headbangs until she’s stopped, she kicks and punches and she is extremely active, climbing up furniture.
“She’s a physically fit 10-year-old who functions somewhere between a baby and a two-and-a-half-year-old.
“She has no language but communicates through Makaton (a system of signs and symbols).
“You can’t turn around from her to run a bath. If you’re not holding on to her she’s gone.
“I can only sleep when she sleeps and then it’s like sleeping with a newborn – that half-sleep where you’re always listening out.”
Carers from across the borough were thanked for their hard work by the Mayor of Harrow with an afternoon tea.
Mayor Nana Asante welcomed unpaid carers who look after family and friends in need for afternoon tea at the mayoral parlour.
More than 40 carers and some of the people they care for were given a history of the borough and the council before sitting down to tea, cake and took part in a raffle.
Councillor Asante said: “This day came about as a result of carers’ week when I met a lot of carers and saw the fantastic work they do.
HUNDREDS of Health Lottery heroes were given a special day out in the sun yesterday to enjoy Britain’s newest rollercoaster experience – the aptly named Hero ride.
Parents with disabled children, young carers of sick mothers and fathers and charity workers were among the 500 special guests.
They were invited by the Health Lottery and Flamingo Land theme park in North Yorkshire for a day out to reward their superhuman efforts.
The delighted guests were among the first people to try out the £8million white-knuckle ride officially unveiled by Health Lottery ambassadors Donna Air and former boxer Chris Eubank.