Callely launches services for Family Carers in Roscommon
Mr Ivor Callely T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, with special responsibilities for Services for Older People, today (1 June 2004) expressed his pleasure at the launch of services for family Carers in Co Roscommon. The Minister stated that Roscommon had the highest number of carers per head of population in the Republic with 2,418 carers countywide.
The Minister also stated that the present initiative brought about by a partnership of the Western Health Board and The Carer´s Association in entering a service agreement to provide a Carer´s Support Program was particularly laudable.
The agreement is effective from lst April, 2004 and is a new initiative which builds on a long history of partnership with the local community and voluntary sector in Co. Roscommon and provides the following services for carers:
- In Home Respite Services
- Social Support Services
- Communication and Information including the production of a newsletter, and information pack.
- Outreach Clinics and peer group support for carers.
Minister Callely spoke of the Government´s commitment to maintaining people in their own homes for as long as was practical, and this program helped towards that end.
He added that the hallmark of this new initiative is that the services provided would be responsive to the carers needs, and that supporting carers offered the potential for significant benefits to the quality of life of the patients being cared for in the community. The initiative was also a demonstration of the value the Board and his Department placed on the work of the carer.