Welcome to Family Carers

You are the reason we are here. Looking after a loved one who needs care in the home is rewarding but often overwhelming. We warmly acknowledge your generosity of spirit, the unseen work that you do and the difficult journey you are sometimes required to undertake.

You are not alone. Caring for Carers Ireland is here to help and support you. We represent over 160,000 carers who look after family members or friends in their own home. We listen to your unmet needs, provide respite, services and training programme’s to assist you and advocate on your behalf with Government Departments, HSE and other organisations.

Carers have the right to:

Be recognised for the central role which they play in community care and in creating a community of caring.

Acknowledge and address their own needs for personal fulfilment.

Acknowledge and address their own needs in relation to their contribution to their family and community.

Practical help in carrying out the tasks of care giving including domestic help, home adaptations, appliances, incontinence services and help with transport.

Support services, e.g. public health nurses, day centres and home helps in providing medical, personal and domestic care.

Respite care both for short spells as in day hospitals and for longer periods to enable them to have time for themselves.

Emotional and moral support.

Financial support and recompense which does not preclude Carers taking employment or in sharing care with other people.

Regular assessment and review of their needs and those of the people for whom they care.

Easy access to information and advice.

Expect involvement of all family members.

Counselling made available to them at different stages of the caring process including bereavement counselling.

Skills’ training and development of their potential.

Expect their families, public authorities and community members to provide a plan for services and support for Carers, taking into account demographic developments.

Involvement at all levels of policy planning, to participate and contribute to the planning of an integrated and co-ordinates service for Carers.

Have an infrastructure of care, a supportive network to which they can relate when the need arise.

Read our Carer’s Charter.

 


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