‘Thank you Josie and Eddie’
Thursday, 16 February 2017
A LIMAVADY couple who provided respite care for children and adults with learning disabilities for over 25 years, have been praised by the Western Health & Social Care Trust.
Up until November of 2016, Eddie and Josie Reid provided respite care through the Western Trust's Child and Adult Placement services.
Ann Marie McMenamin, Adult Placement Coordinator for the Western Trust said: "The Host Family Scheme started in the early 90's as a 'home from home' community based shared care scheme to help support families with a learning disabled child.
“The scheme facilitated short respite opportunities ranging from a few hours to overnight stays and weekend breaks. As the years progressed the scheme evolved into offering care breaks for adults with learning disabilities. Today the structure of the programme is split into adult and children placement services."
Ann Marie continued: "In 1990, Josie opened her home providing a safe and caring environment for the children, many of whom had very challenging behaviours. After Eddie and Josie got married in 1996, they continued to work as a team, providing the short breaks and supporting families in caring for their learning disabled child.
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