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'Carers in Crisis'

  • 06/12/2017
  • Author:bridgetmccall

RTÉ programme reveals the lives of some of Ireland's carers and the issues they face

Mother and daughter

Almost 200,000 people in Ireland dedicate their lives to caring for loved ones. These carers provide over 6.5 million hours of care per week.

RTÉ's Prime Time programme 'Carers in Crisis', which aired on Tuesday 5 December, revealed the lives of some of these carers.

Carers taking part include:

  • 85 year old Jack who cares for his wife, Bernie, who has dementia

  • Jacinta, 51, who looks after her 18 year old son Sam who has autism, learning disabilities and health problems

  • Teresa, 80+, who cares for her daughter Fiona, 54, who has an intellectual disability

  • Mary, 80, who took care of her daughter Sinead, who had a severe form of cerebral palsy, for 54 years

  • Johanne and Alan, who care for their daughter Siobhan, 34, who has a very rare chromosomal disorder.

They talk about their lives and the issues they face, which includes lack of or inadequate home care and respite care to give them a break, their worries about what will happen if they become ill or die and how caring makes them feel.

In many cases, relatively little spending, on respite or additional home care, might be able to ensure that carers could continue caring for their loved ones. In other situations, it seems clear that residential places are urgently needed to ensure that a crisis doesn’t turn into a tragedy.

Watch 'Carers in Crisis' on RTÈ player

Source: RTÉ press pack for 'Carers in Crisis'

Turn2us resources

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Family Carers Ireland

Family Carers Ireland is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland that provides a variety of services to family carers.

These include:

  • A nationwide network of carer groups

  • A confidential Freephone Careline, which offers advice and support to family carers - 1800 240724

  • Training for carers

  • Home care services

  • Information on carers’ rights and entitlements

  • Free legal advice

  • One-to-one counselling and personal advocacy services

For more information, see the Family Carers Ireland website

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