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I'm so relieved, says Sinead as dementia sufferer mum awarded care home place

Teresa Bennett (72) from Tallaght has had Alzheimer's disease for the past two years and requires constant supervision, help with dressing, cooking, and washing. Her worried family feared they would have to abandon her in a hospital A&E over fears she may not receive residential care due to cutbacks.

Her daughter Sinead went public with her plea for care in the Herald, and just one week later she's now satisfied that her mum will receive the round-the-clock care she requires.

"They're keeping mum in the nursing home until she gets a proper bed, so I got what I wanted. It's absolutely fantastic. The amount of people who've said that it's brilliant [that I spoke out] is unbelievable. I was dreading the day I'd have to take her out because I was wondering how she'd react."

Sinead had only three days to organise a residential care facility for her mother when she contacted the Herald, and she claimed that she was powerless because the HSE wouldn't provide her with a bed. But now Teresa is being cared for in Crooksling Geriatric Hospital in Brittas through the HSE, and her husband, who is very ill with coronary obstructive pulmonary disease, can focus on his own treatment.

Sinead added: "I'm so relieved. It's a weight off my shoulders to have mam safe now."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the HSE said it had been considering the future care of Mrs Bennett in recent weeks.

"The HSE have been consulting with this particular family for the last number of weeks."