Monday 27 May 2019

New respite care centre set to open in Dundalk

Olivia Ryan

A breakthrough in the long running campaign for respite services in Louth emerged this week as it emerged the HSE have entered into an agreement with Praxis Care to open an adult Respite Care centre in Dundalk.

Set to be based on the Dublin Road, the facility has been 'hugely welcomed' by the Dundalk Parents and Friends of the Intellectually Disabled organisation.

Dundalk TD Peter Fitzpatrick confirmed the launch, saying 'I have had the pleasure of representing Dundalk Parents and Friends for the last few years on this issue.' The service will be available in the next two weeks.

'This is something the Dundalk Parents and Friends of the Intellectually Disabled organisation have been working on for twenty years; they have also contributed €35,000 towards getting this facility up and running.'

'Respite Care is an essential part of the overall support that families may need to keep their family member with a disability at home. It is important that carers have breaks to enable them to continue their role.'

The news was also welcomed by Louth TD Declan Breathnach, who warned: 'It is important to note however, that this is an interim measure to provide a much needed respite service for the families of North Louth from now until Christmas, and that negotiations are on-going regarding getting a permanent solution to the respite crisis going forward. HSE funding available is still way short of service costs and negotiations are on-going to keep the service opened long-term. I will be maintaining pressure on the HSE to follow through on a permanent solution.'

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