Election Candidate for Drogheda Rural, Declan Power, has said that there needs to be a greater support structure put in place for carers in Ireland. Mr Power, who is manager of the Barbican Centre in the Drogheda said that carers are feeling neglected by the Government.
The Fianna Fáil candidate said: “working in the Barbican Centre I regularly come across Louth/East Meath Family Carers Support Group who host their monthly meetings there. From speaking with them, it is very clear that they are worn out, upset and very angry with the Government and I can see why.
“They are propping up the health system, providing essential care and are dealing with a postcode lottery when it comes to additional supports such as home help hours. Some of the stories I listen to are harrowing. Feelings of isolation, depression and just utter despair in many people.
“It’s estimated that by 2030 one in five people in Ireland will be carers, however as it stands the Government can’t even support those that are in place. This situation is only going to get worse.
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“We are an aging nation. Over the next 30 years, the number of people in Ireland over the age of 65 will double and the number over the age of 85 will quadruple. Despite the increase in life expectancy, chronic illness is on the rise and so people are going to need carers”, he concluded.
Louth/East Meath Family Carers Support Group have an open and information day on Thursday, June 13th in the Westcourt Hotel from 2-5pm with a host of guest speakers and exhibit stands.