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Uncertainty regarding future residential care must be addressed – Adams

4 August, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has met with a local group ‘Families and Friends of Drumcar Service Users’ as part of ongoing work regarding services for people with disabilities in Louth.

The Government’s rollout of its policy of decongregation, which commits to move all of the residents of the Drumcar facility to smaller community settings, has highlighted some concern around the future residential care of people with intellectual disabilities who reside in Drumcar at present .

Teachta Adams stated;

“Sinn Féin supports decongregation; there is evidence that backs the assertion that it delivers better quality of life for people in residential accommodation. However, we must be sensible and compassionate about how it is implemented. For many long term residents, Drumcar is home.

“These families are not against decongregation. They simply feel they not been adequately consulted or where appropriate involved in future plans for their loved ones.

“They have real fears that if their loved ones are moved their quality of care will suffer. They may also be moved farther away from home and they will be negatively impacted if taken out of their familiar surroundings. They feel that a community setting does not best meet their loved ones needs.  

“One size simply does not fit all, particularly for people with disabilities. For every family who will benefit from decongregation, there is a family who believe a community setting is not for their loved one.

“I have asked the HSE and the Minister to meet with these families to hear their experiences and discuss the future care of their loved ones. I intend to pursue this matter and urge the Minister to address the future care of our citizens with disabilities.” 

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