Patsy Morrissey on Respite Care ‘We were 25 years married before we had a holiday’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The plight of carers in Ireland and the support they receive is one we are all aware of, however, it can sometimes take a single voice to focus on the harsh reality.

Patsy Morrissey joined Sean O’Rourke to explain the impact changes in respite care in Enniscorthy have had on his family’s life.  Patsy and his wife Madeline have 4 children. The eldest has left home and is married and their 3 other children have special needs requiring constant care – Jay aged 43, Pat 41 and Sheila 39. It’s a full-time job which Patsy and his wife have been doing for over 40 years.

“Respite is a problem at the moment.  We haven’t had respite for a year and two months”

Patsy explained that their family used to be well-catered for, in terms of short-term respite care, but this had changed.

“10 years ago, 5 or 6 of us fought hard to get a respite house in Enniscorthy and now the HSE are just filling it up or blocking it up with residentials”

Patsy is calling for the return of the respite house facility which was previously available to his family, and many others in the area.

Family Carers Ireland are today (12th Sept) publishing their 4th annual government scorecard assessing what the National Carers Strategy has achieved since 2012.  It’s estimated 1 in 10 people provide care in the home here.

To listen to the full item from Today with Sean O’Rourke, click here.

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