Joshua, who lives in Chobham with his parents Dave and Helen, has a condition named complex global delay meaning that he has difficulty reading other people’s emotions. With his cognitive skills and the unpredictability of his seizures, his parents need to provide extra care to meet his needs. For the past 4 years, Joshua has been having short breaks at Cherry Trees, the respite care home for children and young people with disabilities in East Clandon and, as his father Dave commented: “The support Cherry Trees gives is invaluable.
The staff are so kind and supportive towards Joshua and he really enjoys going. The stays allow him to exercise some degree of independence from home and to make new friends which he has done over the years he has stayed there. This allows us a much-needed break from the daily stresses we face as carers.
“Not only are the staff very good at developing Joshua’s inter-personal skills with the other children, but they are trained to deal with any particular emergency. A few weeks ago Joshua suffered a seizure and the staff was absolutely fantastic in managing the situation but also in reassuring my wife that everything was being done to prevent further complications. They even drove Joshua to the Royal Surrey County Hospital A & E so he could receive prompt professional attention.
“We also appreciate all the yearly events Cherry Trees organises and Joshua especially enjoys Marco the Clown at the Christmas party. We would like to say a huge thank you for all the care and love Cherry Trees gives to the children and young people who stay there.”
Peter Davey, head of care at Cherry Trees, explained, “Our staff, as well as undergoing diploma/N.V.Q. training, also attend five days a year mandatory training which includes First Aid, Health and Safety, Child Protection, Fire Training, Epilepsy, Food Hygiene and Infection Control. This helps to ensure that the staff are skilled at taking the required action in an emergency to ensure the safety of the child(ren) at all times.”
Dave and Helen Turtle