Miriam Dalli: Greater aware­ness re­quired on need for respite ser­vices the dis­abled and their fam­i­lies

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Par­ents of dis­abled peo­ple un­dergo a great deal of stress to which other par­ents are not ac­cus­tomed, and so there­fore should not be re­luc­tant to come for­ward and re­ceive the sup­port and as­sis­tance they re­quire, PL MEP Miriam Dalli said dur­ing a visit to Dar il-Kap­tan, which is one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions that of­fers respite ser­vices for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity and their fam­ily.

“The rel­a­tives of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties ded­i­cate all their time and en­ergy to th­ese peo­ple on a daily ba­sis, but they also re­quire much­needed respite. This as­sis­tance ex­ists and I en­cour­age th­ese rel­a­tives to make use of such ser­vices. It is a very pos­i­tive as­pect that rel­a­tives can have peace of mind while the per­son with dis­abil­ity is be­ing very well taken care of,” she said.

On be­half of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, Joe Ger­ada and chair­per­son Jen­nifer Sant thanked the Mal­tese MEPs for their nom­i­na­tion that re­sulted in Dar il-Kap­tan be­ing pre­sented with the Euro­pean Cit­i­zens Award and ap­pealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic who care for those with a dis­abil­ity not to wait un­til they are on the brink of collapse, both phys­i­cally and men­tally, be­fore they ap­ply for respite ser­vices.

This year marks the 25th an­niver­sary of Dar il-Kap­tan open­ing its doors for the first time and it still of­fers so­cial worker ser­vices and in­di­vid­ual care plans ac­cord­ing to each pa­tient’s needs. It also of­fers emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion, help­ing out fam­i­lies dur­ing ex­tremely dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions when they need tem­po­rary guid­ance for a fam­ily mem­ber with dis­abil­ity.

Miriam Dalli un­der­lined the on­go­ing work on the part of the gov­ern­ment in this sec­tor so that ev­ery per­son with dis­abil­ity could live an in­de­pen­dent life as much as pos­si­ble. She noted that the lat­est bud­get re­in­forces this con­cept through the in­tro­duc­tion of sev­eral mea­sures, in­clud­ing schemes that pro­vide a per­sonal as­sis­tant and the build­ing of 10 com­mu­nity res­i­dences.

“Such bud­get mea­sures are es­sen­tial to pro­mote and fa­cil­i­tate in­de­pen­dent liv­ing. It means that par­ents and rel­a­tives will have their minds set at rest that – in their ab­sence – their chil­dren will be able to carry on with their lives with the help they need,” Dr Dalli added.

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