Sam: Safety and Family Unity
Sam is a 7-year-old child with autism. Sam’s family came to Broadscope Disability Services in need of emergency respite with the Respite Care Program. Sam requires 100% supervision inside and outside the home. He can be destructive when upset, and has caused damage to the home and surrounding property. Even at his young age, the police have been called numerous times because of his tendency to wander several blocks away, and his safety is a constant concern for his parents. Sam’s older brother, 9-year-old Christopher, often assumed responsibility for Sam’s supervision. This allowed their mother some time to tend to necessary household tasks and to the needs of his youngest sibling, 3-year-old Caitlyn.
Through the help, resources and financial assistance of Broadscope’s Respite Care Program, the family was able to connect with a qualified caregiver. This extra set of hands and eyes ensures Sam’s safety and allowes the family to fulfill the pressing needs of everyday life. Broadscope’s Respite Care allowed Sam to stay at home with his family, alleviated stress in the household, and maintained the family unit.