IBWU Foundation acknowledges the importance of assisting caregivers of children with special healthcare needs by proving periodic respite care assistance to enable caregivers have a break from the constant demands of caregiving of children with special healthcare needs.
Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else. It lets you take time out to look after yourself and helps stop you becoming exhausted and run down.
There are lots of respite care options. They range from getting a volunteer to sit with the person you look after for a few hours, to a short stay in a care home so you can go on holiday.
The person you look after could go to a day care center or a paid caregiver could visit them at their home to look after them.
IBWU is pleased to set aside the sum of $2,000 cad, yearly to provide these needed intervention to Nigerian families in Canada.
The families combined income per annum should not be more than $50,000.
To be eligible, your child/person you care for must:
• live at home
• need intensive care and constant monitoring on a 24-hour basis
• be medically fragile and/or technology dependent, meeting one of the following criteria:
– relies on medical and technological equipment, such as mechanical ventilators, apnea monitors, renal dialysis, urinary catheters, colostomy bags
– is administered drugs intravenously
– relies on tracheotomy tube care, suctioning, oxygen support or tube feeding
Available respite assistance includes but is not limited to the following:
• Someone to take over caring for the child/person so the family can take a break
• Gym membership to the family caregiver and exercise classes to relieve stress
• Help to pay for gardening or housework
• Putting you in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to
• Practical help from a paid caregiver
• Access to day centers and lunch clubs
• Moving to a care home
• Equipment like a walking frame or personal alarm
To qualify, download form below and follow the instructions.