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