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Families in perpetual crisis and stress due to absence of proper respite care services – Adams

20 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said “families are living in perpetual crises, and under continuous stress, with no break, because there are no proper respite services.”

Teachta Adams added that families caring for a loved one with a disability are being failed by the government.

Speaking directly to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Leaders Questions, Teachta Adams said;

“The truth is that there is no real fit-for-purpose way of getting proper services or respite care.

“There is a scandalous lack of services for families with children with disabilities.

“Furthermore, there is a huge absence of scheduled respite care, particularly for adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs, such those with Autism.

“Their families feel they have been abandoned by the state.

 “These awful situations become critical as parents get older, get sick, or their loved one develops more challenging behaviour.

“Last night on RTE’s Prime Time programme, we heard the story of Adrienne Murphy and her son Caoimh.

“Caoimh is a 14 year old with Autism.

“His mother was forced to make a desperate public plea for the HSE to provide residential care as she is simply no longer able to cope.

 “In my constituency of Louth and Meath East, I am regularly contacted by families, in similar situations.

“Budget 2018 provides an opportunity for the government to make real difference for these families.

“The government must introduce measures to ensure that these citizens receive the dedicated services they so urgently need?” 

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