The Badeau homestead in Philly is a restful place filled with warmth and happiness. It is the heart and soul of this beautiful family. My favorite memory is sitting next to the large fire place in the foyer with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. This family has many stories to tell of a journey of service and love. I highly recommend this ideal setting to fill your cup to overflowing.
Advocate for children
Respite gives caregivers the opportunity to rest, take care of personal matters and occasionally to be relieved of the need to care for a child with a disability or chronic illness. I am one of those parents. I have used respite since my daughter has had 85 brain surgeries and hospital stays as long as 7 months. It is not a time to lollygag, but a time to regroup, refocus, breath and get our mind set ready for the next horrific round we face watching our child suffer. Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, or right next to them in the hospital like I did most of those 7 months, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Respite provides a break for the family caregiver, I am not sure what I would have done without it. Respite is a source I need as much as my child needs her medical care. Without it we both suffer.