Since he was 6 years old, Josh has been regularly using Sunnyfield’s short-term accommodation services at Caringbah. Now at 16, Caringbah has become a home away from home for Josh and his family.
“It is a safe and pleasant place for Josh and somewhere I know he is well cared for and looked after. I can leave in peace knowing that Josh is happy and secure”, says Julie, Josh’s mum.
For Julie and her husband, short-term accommodation provides a much needed break when managing the busy workload of working full time, running a family and caring for Josh. “It gives us a little time-out where we can do the things we usually wouldn’t be able to do like going out to a restaurant or a small trip away.” It also means that they can spend some quality time with their eldest daughter and they are looking forward to a trip to Melbourne. During this time Josh will have a five night stay at Caringbah where he will have a mini break of his own, enjoying spending time with other kids and all of his favourite activities.
“For Josh, going to sleepovers or parties is not something he gets to participate in, but he gets this at Sunnyfield. He enjoys having his time away, and it’s great for building his independence. He has a life outside of our family unit and something that is all his own, which is so important. One day I hope he can live in a group home and his time at Caringbah is preparing him for this.”
For Josh and his family short-term accommodation has been a lifeline.
During his stay Josh enjoys many activities including, cooking, going out to local parks, arts and crafts, and even helping with the grocery shopping. He is comfortable in the space and treats it like his own. Josh has developed a strong bond with the staff and he is always a pleasure to have stay.
As the financial year comes to a close, we are seeking support through tax-deductible donations so we can continue to provide people with disability short-term accommodation. Find out more through the link below.