Above: L-R: Anne O'Donovan, Manager West Cork Citizens Information Service, Pat Moynihan, Chair, West Cork Citizens Information Service, Louise Casey, Chair West Cork Carers Support Group, Sally Back, Co-ordinator West Cork Carers Support Group
The launch of a new information pack, which gives an overview of the supports and services available to Carers in West Cork, was welcomed by Carers last month. The pack — a joint initiative by West Cork Citizens Information Service and West Cork Carers Support Group — is a valuable resource for the many people who provide care for family members, neighbours or friends who are sick or infirm. It is also a good example of local agencies working together to pool resources and expertise for the benefit of the local community.
“I wish that this pack had been available five years ago when my mother became ill and we had to provide full-time care for her. It would have helped me access the supports and services I needed,” was the response of one client at the Citizens Information Service, who went on to recommend that “it should be made available to every new Carer from the beginning”.
The reality is that at some point most of us will either give or receive care. It is a role that we may inherit along with other family responsibilities or one that can be thrust upon us as a result of unexpected illness or an accident. Whichever the case, it is important that we have knowledge about the supports and services available.
Information about income supports, HSE supports, housing grants and tax credits as well as important information about the different stages of caring, managing medications and ways that the Carer can look after their own health and well-being are all included in this pack.
The pack, which is free, is available from West Cork Citizens Information Service, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, Tel: 0761 07 8390 and West Cork Carers Support Group, Bridge Street, Bantry, Tel: 027 53848.
West Cork Carers Support Group provided a wide range of services and supports aimed at improving the quality of life of Carers. The group is open to all Carers, whether they care for a family member, friend or neighbour. Supports are provided to Carers of older persons, to Carers of children or adults with a long-term illness or physical or intellectual disability and to Carers of persons experiencing mental distress. It is funded and supported by the HSE.