Car­ers’ con­cerns aired at meet­ing

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

THE CON­CERNS of car­ers all across Wex­ford were aired at the Car­ers in Cri­sis meet­ing which was hosted by Fam­ily Car­ers Ire­land at Clay­ton White’s Ho­tel.

The meet­ing fo­cused on a va­ri­ety of is­sues fac­ing car­ers and their loved ones in­clud­ing: the lack of res­i­den­tial care; the tran­si­tion into adult services; the lack of respite; the lack of vi­tal ther­a­pies; the car­ers al­lowance and how it is as­sessed; the treat­ment of car­ers by the HSE and government de­part­ments; and the con­stant bat­tle car­ers have to fight for sup­ports.

The meet­ing heard from car­ers are strug­gling with lack of sup­ports that mean they can­not care safely for their loved ones.

Lo­cal cam­paigner Jane John­stone made a pow­er­ful and emo­tional plea to the government to in­vest in home­care, and sup­port car­ers like her­self to care for their loved ones in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble.

Catherine Cox, Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Carer En­gage­ment with Fam­ily Car­ers Ire­land promised car­ers that FCI would con­tinue to lobby and fight for bet­ter sup­ports for fam­ily car­ers in Wex­ford and across the coun­try.

She said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would lobby in three ar­eas in par­tic­u­lar: the drop-off in sup­ports for young peo­ple tran­si­tion­ing into adult services, which they feel would be solved by bet­ter plan­ning and start­ing the process when the per­son is age 16; the need for im­proved respite care, which they say is vi­tal for car­ers and the cared for per­son and pre­vents burn-out on the carer’s part; and tran­si­tion into res­i­den­tial care, which they say would be far less stress­ful for all in­volved if ad­e­quate res­i­den­tial places were avail­able.

Elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives present at the meet­ing promised to sup­port fam­ily car­ers in Wex­ford.

Ruaidhrí Kelly, Catherine Cox, Jane John­stone and Mar­ian Ma­hon who spoke at the meet­ing.

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