Monday, December 11, 2017

Wellbeing

Thundercut Alley – ‘Aras Attracta: an alternative’

Kite flying
A features writer for 16 years, Kate Butler has written for a number of Irish titles, but mostly for the Sunday Times. She is also a practising barrister and board member of Inclusion Ireland.

A MESSAGE TO FRONTLINE READERS: Quality of Life, Standards, and Regulation.

Kathleen-Lynch-TD
People with disabilities should be given the opportunity to live as full a life as possible and to live with their families, and as part of their communities, for as long as possible. Every person who uses our disability services and our services for older people, is entitled to expect and receive supports of the highest standard and to live in an atmosphere of safety and care.

Housing Stories

I feel like I would be better off outside of the area. I don’t feel safe in the area because there are some dangerous people there. There were threats being made, and the guards investigated and they asked if there were more threats afterwards. Two weeks later there were more threats made towards me. I said to the social worker “if you can get me out of the area I would be prepared to move anywhere”.

A TIME TO ENGAGE

Stephen Kealy
Consumer protection is valued by any person purchasing a product or service, and the supporting legislation is robust. Essentially, consumer legislation is there to protect the public from shoddy goods, services and practices...

RESPITE IS NOT SOME MYTHICAL UNICORN

As a parent cuddling my new baby, ‘respite’ was never a term or an idea that entered my head. To be honest, I had no real understanding of what that term entailed or would later come to mean in my daughter’s life, and mine. When Tess was born, I dreamed of my daughter growing up and all the typical girly adventures she would have and how nice it was that she had a sister to share all these moments with—school, boyfriends, weddings, babies—the list in my head was endless. Then, two and a half years later, without welcome or warning, came the diagnosis of autism.

KEITH WARD & Dundalk FC are winners!

The 2013/2014 season was a momentous one for Dundalk Football Club. For the first time in 19 years they have just brought the most coveted trophy in League of Ireland soccer back to Oriel Park, by winning the SSE Airtricity League. They also won the EA Sports Cup in a final which saw Oriel Park filled to capacity. Attendance at these matches reached several thousands.

EXPLORING THE NATURE OF RESPITE CARE IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Over 5600 people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Ireland use a form of respite each yeaer (Health Research Board 2011). Although respite provision in Ireland has substantially increased over the past 16 years, it is projected that an additional 1211 individuals will require respite from 2012 to 2016. The Department of Health reported that 8000 individuals received centre-based respite in 2009, with a total pay cost of e52 million, and a total estimated cost of e70-2 million. They suggested that alternative models of respite care might be more cost-effective than the centre-based respite method (Department of Health (2012) Value for money and policy review of disability services in Ireland). The policy and empirical literature explicitly states the need to increase the availability of respite, and carers of individuals with ID commonly request this resource...

TUSLA: FORGING A NEW DIRECTION

They say that the road’s never easy to a place worth going! Establishing a brand new Agency and championing reform at a time of financial restraint and recruitment restriction has been challenging. Finally, on 1 January, 2014, the Child and Family Agency became an independent legal entity, comprising the former Children & Family Services of the HSE, the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board, as well as a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence...

CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

On 2 July 2014, the Carers Association launched their Pre-budget Submission 2015, estimating that 187,000 people are providing care in the home in Ireland. Caring activities range from providing occasional assistance, to providing full-time care for an individual, be they a child or an adult. Caring can include supporting an individual with their physical care, assisting with the management of symptoms, and assisting with activities of daily living. Caring also involves providing emotional support for the individual...

The access of families of children with a learning disability to Respite in Ireland: an overview

This article outlines the daily challenges faced by families in caring for those with learning disabilities, and the corresponding need for respite services to be flexible in accommodating both short and long term issues. Issues can relate to behaviour, especially in terms of aggression as children get older, general health, impact on family members, and also routine disruptions, such...