Helpful Hands Respite Services
661-952-5772
"Parents of children with special needs assisting other families with special needs."
Our son Anthony with "Sam".  Our Golden Retriever is very helpful in calming Anthony and bringing him out of his severe anxieties.
Anthony and his younger brother, Gianni.  Gianni will often add the much needed element of humor to some otherwise very trying moments.
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As parents of a child with developmental disabilities we have found it increasingly difficult to find strong respite care for our son.  We wanted a group that would not only provide good care for him while we were gone, but that would implement, successfully,  the different strategies useful in achieving some of  the goals and dreams we have for our little boy.

As parents, we know that the most normal, independent, and least restrictive residential environment for any young person is with their own family.  We also know that there will be times when family members need relief from the daily responsibility of caring for a family member with a developmental disability.  When there is no time for yourself as the caregiver, and no one to turn to for assistance in the event of an emergency, frustration, fatigue and/or isolation can begin to take over.  Having temporary relief from the responsibilities of caring for an individual with developmental disabilities can allow families to spend some relaxed time away from  home, make and keep appointments, attend meetings, or just go grab a cup of coffee!!

Having our own special needs child, we know all too well, the need for parents to have a time to regroup.  A chance to gain new strengths or just take your own "time out"!  We also know all too well how important it is that the person we entrust our son to is not just sitting there like a "lump on a log" waiting for us to return.  We want our children engaged.  We want our children to have positive and loving interaction, so that his time away from us is meaningful and uplifting.

For these reasons we decided to create our own respite services program, and are very pleased to be able to offer it to you and your family!  Our children are our future and we believe they deserve our very best to help them in their journey!

                                                                                            ~Vince and Susan
During one of Anthony's anxiety-filled episodes, our Golden Retriever, "Sam", offers love, reassurance and extra weight while Anthony wears his weighted vest.
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You were given this life because
 you are strong enough to live it.