Home Sharing - Host Family Short Breaks

  • Home Sharing - Host Family Short Breaks
    19/11/2009 - 09:19

    Host Family support is an important part of our services. It provides the carer with a break and the service user with a holiday.

    There is no magic ingredient to become a Host Person or Host Family.  All that is necessary is a commitment and the time to share with a person in your own home

    We offer  three exciting initiatives that give you the opportunity for a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

     Option 1: Host Family

    Host Family is a Family Based Respite Scheme whereby people in the community are recruited and trained to offer short breaks to children and adults who have a learning disability Payment plus expenses covered.

     Option 2: The Contract Family Short Break Scheme

      We are looking for people to work from home in the greater Dublin area. You must be available to offer 10 – 16 nights respite per month, to children and adults with greater needs.  Experience in the area of learning disability is essential. 

     Financial remuneration a minimum of E14,000 per annum.

    Option 3: The Contract Family Short Break Scheme - Nurses Required

    St. Michael's House is looking for two nurses to work from home in the greater Dublin area.  Must be available to offer 10 – 16 nights respite per month, to children with medical needs.  Financial remuneration a minimum of E20,000 per annum.

    Host families undergo an assessment, Garda and reference checks, and are provided with ongoing support, training and financial allowance.

    For more information contact:

    Fidelma Kelly, Team Leader

    Social Work Department, St. Michael's House, Adare Green, Coolock, Dublin 17. T: 01 8770550 E: fidelma.kelly@smh.ie


    Bernie O Reilly, Social Worker

    St Michael’s House, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin 14

    T: 01 2990500. E:  Bernadette.o'reilly@smh.ie

    Additional Respite supports include:

    • A break for carers \ A holiday for service users

    Respite provides carers with an important break from their role, while at the same time allowing service users to have a holiday with their peers. We receive an average of 3,500 requests for respite a year.

    How to I request respite?

     To request respite, liase with your family member's Head of Unit or Social Worker, who will coordinate your request.

     Community Respite: A home from home

    • In the community
    • Small groups: up to five service users per house
    • Planned programme of social activities
    • Flexible schedules: Monday to Friday, weekend or tailored to meet the family's needs  

    Holidays: A holiday with friends

    • Different types of holidays for groups of friends organised by their units, including school holiday camps






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