…“Unable to control my granddaughter’s outbursts, when the time came for me to consider registering her in residential care, I was very nervous as I thought it was tantamount to sending the child to prison. But after speaking with the staff and attending orientation sessions I felt reassured and soon realized the resident was family oriented and the staff very supportive. To offer support to other caregivers who are considering residential care, I asked Juliette Corby, a social worker at Lynwood/Charlton Residential Unit to give parents/caregivers advice around placing a child in residence.”…
Here is Juliette’s post:
Considering Residential Treatment
For families with children having complex mental health and behavioural concerns, the journey that leads to residential treatment is often a long and difficult one. Parents frequently feel that residential treatment is their last hope as less intrusive treatment options have all been exhausted.
The idea of residential treatment for children is often overwhelming to parents. When considering this route parents may find themselves weighing the benefits and risks, potential outcomes, the intensity of programming and commitment required, as well as impact on the whole family. Fear due to stories heard and feelings of guilt as though they are abandoning their children or giving up on them are not uncommon for parents as they weed through the pros, cons and preconceptions of residential treatment.
Many parents have found it helpful to consider this as being a positive step that the family can take together. If you are a parent or guardian who has arrived at the doorstep of a residential treatment centre take the time to look around, ask questions, and consider how the program may suit your family and child.
Juliette Corby, Social Worker
Lynwood Charlton Centre, Hamilton, ON