Car­ers’ con­cerns aired at meet­ing

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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. A TRAF­FIC warn­ing has been is­sued for the farm tyre bring-cen­tre day in New Ross Mart, af­ter 2km tail­backs were re­ported at the first col­lec­tion day in Ca­van.

New Ross Mart, lo­cated in Ros­ber­con, is host­ing the col­lec­tion to­day, (Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9) from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.

The cost of the col­lec­tion is €15 per tonne for the first three tonnes, and €160 for any­thing over that amount.

Ire­land South MEP Deirdre Clune said that it is im­por­tant that lessons are learned from Ca­van.

MEP Clune said: ‘ Farm­ers faced sig­nif­i­cant de­lays in bring­ing old tyres to the re­cy­cle point in Ca­van and lessons must be learned from this. Mea­sures must be put in place to en­sure de­lays like those ex­pe­ri­enced in Ca­van do not oc­cur again. Over 450 farm­ers turned up at Ca­van and this shows what a valu­able ser­vice this is but it must be done right.’

She called on Min­is­ter Naugh­ten to en­sure that long queues don’t hap­pen at up­com­ing Wex­ford col­lec­tion point. ‘ This is a very im­por­tant and valu­able ini­tia­tive from by the De­part­ment. I would also en­cour­age the De­part­ment to look at more ways in which it can fa­cil­i­tate farm­ers to re­cy­cle tyres.’

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

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