Now that we have had Grandparents' Day in September in the U.S. and one coming up in the UK on October third, I thought it would be improtant to add some resources for grandparents who care for children with special needs. I have taken these from my book by the same title that was published in the UK and U.S. in 2009 and will come out in Holland in November.
Because eleven million grandparents care for their grandchildren either part or full-time and twelve to fifteen percent of kids these days have some form of disability, a lot of grandparents are having to face challenges that they may not have had to face with their own children.
One of the most improtant things for care-taking grandparents is to be sure they take care of their own medical problems and allow enough time for exercise and fun. Unfortunately, it has been found that care-taking grandmothers are at increased risk for heart disease.
One of the best resoruces I have found to ensure the safety of grandchildren is: www.familywatchdog.com . A friend discovered she had a a sexual predator living close to her house and she would only care for her grandchildren at their home. If you travel with grandchildren, a good Web site to check is www.access-able.com . A good Web site to check for respite care, legal information, and support groups is www.archrespite.org . Many more resources are provided throughout the book and in the Appendix. These are for the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia.