Carer Jane Johnstone“We were already on our knees, being honest, Ray, so there was an awful lot of anxiety as to what restrictions were going to be announced.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Back in May, Jane Johnstone, who was taking part in David Brophy’s choir, featured in the TV programme, Unsung Heroes, spoke to Ray D’Arcy about her two sons Evan and Daniel, who both have special needs. Jane has been caring for her sons by herself since her husband, Rod, died six years ago. And Jane spoke to Ray again today. Like most of the country, Jane …

Caring for Jack“You’ve no time to think about yourself, because all my thoughts just go into Jack and his care.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On Monday’s Ryan Tubridy Show, Ryan read an email from a carer called Nina, who was writing to him from her hospital bed. Her email detailed how her life had changed since lockdown started and schools closed on 12 March last. Following that email, Nina spoke on the phone to Ryan on Wednesday about caring for Jack, her four year …

Caring for family members‘It’s not miserable, it’s not sad but it’s tough.’

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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“In many ways, a family is a safety net of care that protects us against the ups and downs of life but every week, almost 200,00 of us give more than 6 million hours of care to meet the extra needs of those dearest to us.”  So says Brenda Donohue on this weeks Like Family (Wednesdays 10pm, RTÉ Radio 1) that focusses on …

Agency CarersHe’s dead? He’s dead!

As heard on liveline

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Liveline has been hearing from people who work as agency carers over the past few days, with many sharing stories of long days, no breaks and the difficulty of not knowing what they might have to face when they take a call. One caller who had a pretty unique experience told Joe that she arrived at the address she had been sent to care for a man who was …

Carer Mary McDonnell on her daughter Sinéad's death‘She was afraid I would die before her.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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80-year-old Mary McDonnell was a carer for her daughter Sinéad until her death at the age of 54 last month. Sinéad had Cerebal Palsy. Mary is an advocate for the rights of Carers in Ireland and joined Ray D’Arcy on the phone to talk about caring for Sinéad and how she and her family have been coping following her death. Mary told Ray that Sinéad died at home with her family. “Sinéad had a very peaceful death, …

Who Cares for the Carers?‘There’s this terrible lull in my life and there’s no support out there.’

As heard on liveline

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Caring for a loved one full-time can be all-consuming: there are medical appointments to keep, routines to stick to, calls to make, supplies to procure. It’s a busy time, all the time. But when the caring ends, so too does the all-consuming busyness. You might think that that would mean a welcome re-introduction to the concept of downtime, but that …