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Caring continues under Covid-19 pressures

CARERS impacted by Covid-19 restrictions are struggling with a lack of respite and home support visits, but keeping their spirits up through check-in phone calls, virtual quizzes and even Zoom bingo. While home care continues to be provided, many carers have chosen to cocoon alongside their loved ones, and paused their services voluntarily. The restrictions have also placed a big burden on charities providing support to family carers, as they have meant key fund-raising activities have been curtailed. “We are still 100% open and taking new cases, but our home visits are limited,” explained Margaret Naughton, from Ennis, who works with Jack and Jill, a home nursing care service for children. “At this stage, the only visits we make would be for end-of-life and palliative care.” The Specialist Children’s Liaison Nurse works with 30 families across Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, and said her daily contact are, for the most part, made by phone. “They’re not always easy calls, and …

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Carers seek waiver on bin charges

CARERS who look after a family member with incontinence wear should not be penalised by the introduction of new domestic waste charges, according to local family carers’ advocate. New rules for the collection of domestic waste are due to come into effect on July 1, including a pay-by-weight charging system. Susan Hogan, area manager of Family Carers’ Ireland (FCI), has called on the Department of the Environment to introduce a waiver system for those who are disposing of incontinence wear on a daily basis, to avoid what could be hefty waste bills for some carers. A spokesman for the Department of Environment confirmed to The Clare Champion that the department has met with groups who represent persons with special needs to discuss and explore the impact of pay-by-weight charging on households. The department has also been in consultation with the HSE and the waste management industry about the issue, to try to find a workable and fair solution to this …

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