Monday 19 February 2018

Carer Adam (14) and dad have special bond

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Teenager Adam Hyland is one of the hundreds of inspirational young people around the country who help care for the needs of a family member.

Adam (14), from Clondalkin, Dublin, generously gives time every day to support his father Patrick, who has suffered physical ill-health and is now in the early stages of dementia.

He was among a group of young people in a similar situation who enjoyed a well-earned respite break with fun activities in Mullingar yesterday organised by Family Carers.

"I help dad walk up the stairs and when I come home from school I might make him a cup of tea," said Adam.

"We both enjoy maths and we do them together."

Adam finds that making his father's daily life a bit easier is rewarding and is appreciated.

Father and son have a very special bond and Adam says his father tells him: "Well done, buddy."

Other members of the family, including his mother, are also involved in his father's care.

Patrick has a HSE carer who visits the house twice a week.

Adam, despite his role as a carer, still finds time to play hurling and football.

When he grows up, he would like a job in some caring profession, particularly if it can be linked to his passion for sport.

Other young carers are playing a role in looking after a sibling, a grandparent, or other relatives.

Their contribution can make a huge difference to a loved one's quality of life and can include cleaning and cooking, giving them medicines, showering and dressing them, or just keeping them safe.

Irish Independent

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