The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Today, the association is made up of a vibrant network of 20,000 members and 2,300 staff, as well as many absolutely dedicated volunteers, supporting people to live their lives in their communities across Ireland.
The IWA provides many varied and comprehensive services including, Rehabilitative Training, Corporate Training, Holidays across Ireland in various centres, Housing, Wheelchair Solutions, Youth Services, Sport, Motoring Services including the managing of the Disabled Drivers parking permits, Enhanced Home Care Services, Resource and Outreach and centre based services and Assisted Living Services.
Martin McCarthy, a West Cork man with 18 years of valuable experience working in the Health and Social Care sector at local, regional and national level, is based at the IWA’s Regional Outreach Centre in Clonakilty and is responsible, with his committed team, for the provision of the Assisted Living Service across West Cork from Kinsale to Castletownbere .
The Assisted Living Service is funded by the Health Service Executive and delivered through the IWA. The Assisted Living Service (ALS) is a truly person centred model of service delivery supporting individuals to live their lives independently.
Martin explains with enthusiasm and passion that the service provides a trained Personal Assistant (PA) who can support you in your home or while you are out and about in your local community and that you can choose how best to use the hours of PA support allocated to you.
“The service is aimed to support you to achieve maximum control over your life with active participation in your community.
“It is important to point out that access to this service is not limited to wheelchair users, a primary diagnosis of Physical and Sensory Disability is required however, such examples include but are not limited to Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke resulting in paralysis, amputations etc.
“Your Public Health Nurse / General Practitioner can refer you for services.”
Martin believes that good quality outcomes for people supported by the IWA is what it is all about. For example the Assisted Living Service supports people to go to work and stay at work, the Assisted Living Service also supports people to stay in their own home in their community and out of residential homes.
For more information on accessing the Assisted Living Service in West Cork or to talk about eligibility or any aspect of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s services: Martin McCarthy is very happy to talk, explain and assist you.
The Irish Wheelchair Association is also actively recruiting motivated and suitably capable people to work with and become part of a well-respected team in a dynamic and innovative organisation.
Competitive rates of pay are being offered with excellent terms and conditions with a dedicated experienced and supportive manager across all areas of West Cork.
For further information for West Cork Services, please do not hesitate to contact: Martin Mc Carthy (Assisted Living Services Coordinator West Cork) directly on 087 2041702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.