Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 84

Hitting the Slopes

Last March, David Doyle, a native of Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, realised a long-term ambition by going on a dream holiday to the snowpacked winter wonderland that is Mayrhofen, Austria. David was joined on the trip by fellow Sunbeam House service user Chris McGinn and both were accompanied by staff members Mick and Diarmuid. Directski.com generously sponsored the trip of...

Eithne Clarke (1923 – 2011) & Declan Costello (1923 – 2011)

Eithne Clarke (1923 – 2011) Intellectual disability was not an easily understood, or comfortably discussed, subject in 1955, when Eithne Clarke’s third child, Mary, was born with Down Syndrome. Eithne searched for advice, even reading Angel unaware, a book published in 1950 by Dale Evans Rogers (wife of the cowboy singer-star Roy Rogers). While Mary was still a baby, Eithne...

THE ALTERNATIVE TO CONGREGATED SETTINGS: Professional service or personal care?

Those of us conversant in the movie dialogues of the 1990s will remember the line from Pretty Woman, when the hero, Richard Gere, offers to buy an apartment for his call-girl girlfriend, Julia Roberts, to facilitate their relationship and take her off the streets. She replies blithely, ‘That’s only geography.’ Is there a sense that moving clients from congregated...

INSTITUTIONAL CARE: Once percieved as a solution to challenging behaviour—not identified as a causative factor

Introduction: WALK WALK (formerly Walkinstown Association), a community-based, not-for-profit organisation, providing services to people with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour, has no institutional legacy. However, the majority of individuals who attend WALK have either endured homelessness or institutional life within psychiatric hospitals, prisons and intellectual disability institutions. The majority of these individuals are supported by WALK because they present with...

Variations across Ireland in moving from congregated to community settings

The recently published report on congregated settings sets out a challenging agenda for the coming years. Internationally there is a consensus that small-scale, homely accommodation provides a better quality of life for persons with intellectual disability than do larger congregated settings or institutional provision (Kosma et al. 2009). Moreover, these more modern services generally offer better value-for-money (Mansell et...

The need to prioritise the closure of certain congregated settings

In June this year the highly anticipated report of the Working Group on Congregated Settings (Time to move on from congregated settings) was published. It is a much.needed report, drawing from international research and from the current living situation of over 4000 people with disabilities in Ireland. The report explores the lives of people living in such settings and...

TIME TO MOVE ON FROM CONGREGATED SETTINGS: A review of the recent HSE Working Group Report on community inclusion

The recent report on congregated settings, if implemented, offers the prospect of a much improved quality of life for thousands of people with an intellectual disability. The report recognises the inalienable rights of people with disabilities, is based on indisputable evidence, and is supported by a radical plan. The Working Group is to be congratulated for putting the needs...

MOVING ON FROM CONGREGATED SETTINGS

Late in 2007 the HSE established a national steering group to examine the area of people with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities who reside in congregated settings. Prior to the establishment of the group, work had been done on this area by the National Disability Authority. Representations had been made to the HSE over several years from the National...

CIRCLES OF SUPPORT: A cosy chat in our comfort zone or a lead mechanism for empowered direction in life?

Some years ago I became aware of a quiet yet persistent voice suggesting that we try a ‘Circle of Support’ (COS) in assisting to progress a number of complex situations around people’s lives. This prompting came at a time of change with the introduction of systems of risk management, quality assurance and Person-centred planning. At the time, I was...

Gallery

At Glenvale we are constantly looking for different paths to help our client group attain their goals. They may have a profound disability, but they can still achieve many goals in their lives. We have to come up with new methods and ideas that help our clients to reach their full potential. In Glenvale we have many budding artists...