Call for government to intensify help for carers

The state’s efforts to help carers in the Shannonside region has been described as only a start by a carers’ advocacy group.

The government announced yesterday it had found an additional €10 million in order to fund extra respite care services, while anyone who’s currently a carer and does not have a GP medical card will be able to avail of them in the new year.

The money for respite services will see the establishment of respite services for users with disabilities in each community healthcare organisation, with the services likely to come on stream by the middle of next year.

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Caroline Poole, the regional manager with Family Carers Ireland – which covers Leitrim, Longford, Midlands and the border counties of Cavan-Monaghan – explained this should only be the beginning of additional services for carers.