Gildernew concern at care package stats
Sinn Féin carers spokesperson Colm Gildernew MLA expressed concern that many families are still struggling to secure care packages for their loved ones.
He was commenting after the latest figures from the Department of Health showed a decrease in the total number of residential and nursing care packages being secured.
Colm Gildernew said: "The statistics are another reminder that our social care sector faces great pressures in being able to offer and deliver packages of care in the community. Issues with shortages of staff and high turnover rates can leave a health trust or provider struggling to cope.
"I know it can be often quite difficult to get care packages regardless of what trust area someone finds themselves in. Sinn Féin constituency offices are constantly helping people to secure the best care package they can.
"It is also important to note that not all care packages can be the same. Often they can be complex and challenging but they can be a great source of support for families and carers struggling to cope to look after their loved ones."