Respite services restored for those with intellectual disabilities

AFTER a relentless campaign, respite services have been restored to families who have members with intellectual disabilities cared for by the Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore.

Minister of State &Jan O’Sullivan welcomed the return of the services and said: “The closure of the respite facility caused real hardship and pain to those caring for family members with intellectual disabilities. Many of those caring for loved ones are elderly themselves and often struggle to cope in caring for family members. As such the provision of a respite service is a critical part of the service provided by the Brothers of Charity.

“Following meetings with my colleague, I am pleased that the necessary funding to allow the resumption of respite services has been approved and the service restored.”

More than 60 families were directly affected by the recent cutbacks in funding and the closure of the respite house at the Old Cratloe Road. Families campaigned publicly for funding and support.

Ms O’Sullivan said: “While there is a serious drain on our public finances, we cannot allow situations where elderly parents cannot themselves receive medical treatment because of their inability to have family members looked after and cared for.”

Owen South, who was to the fore in the campaign, said it was great news.

“Families are greatly relieved that the respite service has been restored,” he said. “Many families were left in an awful situation when the respite house was closed.

“Now at least families can plan to get away for a few days when they can have family member looked after at the respite house.

“And those who were used to going to the respite home are also delighted as they missed the breaks they had there where they were always so well looked after by the carers whom they have known for years.”

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