Katie Price has been supported by disability charity Sense in her decision to move her son Harvey into permanent care.
Harvey, 18, has Prader-Willi syndrome, is autistic, partially blind, and has a series of learning and behavioural difficulties.
He’ll be moving into a residential college, with Katie hoping that he’ll be able to be a bit more independent, but still have healthcare professionals on hand to help with his specific needs.
Sense, a charity who supports people with complex disabilities, has praised Katie and pointed out that speaking out about her decision could help families in a similar situation.
Richard Kramer, Chief Executive of national disability charity Sense, told us: ‘Many parents who have a disabled child with complex needs, will have to, when they get older, put them into a specialist care setting, such as residential college or supported living. In these environments an individual can develop life skills, make friends and grow more independent. It also means the parents and wider family can benefit from respite from 24/7 caring.
‘It is, nevertheless, a decision that is not taken lightly by parents.
‘It’s an issue that doesn’t get enough attention, and we’re grateful to Katie for being so open and creating discussion on it. What we find so sad, and frankly disgusting, is the cruel trolls on social media who attack Katie on social media over this. It’s unacceptable and insulting, not just to Katie, but all the other parents in her situation who have to read it.’
He continued: ‘Katie bravely speaking out about her decision to seek full-time, specialist, care for her son Harvey, will help other parents with disabled children to feel less alone, especially those parents and carers in a similar situation, facing questions about the long-term care of their loved ones.
‘Many parents who have a disabled child with complex needs, will have to, when they get older, put them into a specialist care setting, such as residential college or supported living. In these environments an individual can develop important life skills, make friends and grow more independent. It also means the parents and wider family can benefit from respite from 247 caring.
Katie has been raising Harvey, along with her other four children, with the help of respite care, throughout his life.
However, she explained: ‘This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialise with people other than me.’
She added to The Sun that he could potentially live there until the age of 25.
The mum-of-five went on to say: ‘The other kids are excited for him — they want to see what he can do. But I think they’ll find it hard when he’s not around on weekends.’
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