FCI and the HSE hosted a workshop for family carers on the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Act 2015 on Monday April 23rd in Dublin. The Director of the Decision Support Service Áine Flynn and Patricia Rickard-Clarke, a legal expert on the Act, were in attendance at the event along with family carers from across the country. It was a very informative workshop with many questions and concerns raised by carers on this important legislation. The HSE and the panel of speakers have agreed to run more of these events in other parts of the country subject to demand and availability. For more information please contact email@example.com
Family Carers Ireland are delighted that since August 1st 2018, carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and living with the cared for person are eligible for the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.
The scheme offers free energy efficiency upgrades to homeowners helping make your home warmer, healthier, and cheaper to run – that is 100% of the costs covered. Upgrades include cavity wall insulation; attic insulation; external wall insulation; internal wall insulation; replacement windows; heating upgrade; heating controls; ventilation; draught proofing; lagging jackets; CFLs and remedial works.
There are certain requirements that you must meet in applying for the Warmer Homes Scheme. If you can answer YES to the four questions below, you are probably eligible:
- Do you own and live in your own home? This must be your main residence, where you live most days of the week.
- Was it built and occupied before 2006? This means the ESB meter was connected and property lived in prior to 2006.
- Do you receive one of the following welfare payments?
- Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme. Check if you’re entitled to the fuel allowance here
- Jobseeker’s Allowance for over six months and have a child under seven years of age
- Working Family Payment
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Domiciliary Care Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance and live with the person you are caring for (effective from 1st August 2018)
- You have not previously received works under the Warmer Homes Scheme? Due to high demand, the scheme is not available to homes that have already received an upgrade under the Scheme.
Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
PO BOX 119
We are excited to launch our CareGuide tool for carers. FCI recently developed an online informational tool to help carers, the CareGuide. It is simple to use and the completed guide, which is based on the details entered by the carer, provides a source of information on rights and entitlements, health and wellbeing, finances and more tailored to their specific caring situation. This was created using funding from the last Pobal Dormant Accounts Funding scheme. We hope the tool will be widely shared and that it will be helpful to those new to the caring role and to experienced carers. Carers can fill it out online in a couple of minutes. At the end, an individualised CareGuide can be generated, and is emailed to the carer so they can retrieve the info at any time. The tool is live on our home page, accessible through the ‘Create CareGuide’ button in the top right of the screen.
Family Carers Ireland will host a one-day conference on the theme of ‘Life After Care’ on Monday, June 18th in the Hilton Hotel, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham Dublin 8 (tea/coffee from 9.45). The conference is funded through the Pobal Dormant Accounts scheme, and is part of a suite of initiatives FCI is running across the country in 2018 on the themes of post-caregiving or transitions from care.
We are delighted to have as our keynote speaker Prof. Mary Larkin of the Open University on the UK, who has pioneered work in the under-researched area of family carers’ experiences of the transition from their caring role. Professor Larkin has led funded projects and taken a consulting role in public initiatives dedicated to understanding and supporting the role of carers in society. She has been a member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Co-production network), the Third Sector Research Centre, the cross-Government Independent Advisory Group on Carers (whose Research and Evidence Task and Finish Group she chaired), Carers Trust ‘Care Act 2014 for Carers One Year On’ Commission, the Department of Health’s National Carers Strategy Reference Group, NHS England Commitment to Carers Oversight Group and the NICE Guideline Committee for Provision of support for adult carers. She is also Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Care and Caring.
Also among speakers on the day will be Dr John Hillery, President of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland and a strong advocate for better governmental supports for carers, and Dr Carol Kelleher of University College Cork, who last year with her colleague Dr Jacqui O’Riordan published the study ‘Post-Caregiving: Family Carers’ Experiences of Cessation of the Caring Role’.
FCI’s Micheal O’Reilly will provide an overview of the ‘Plan C’ project, the flagship programme in our Dormant Accounts-funded activities in 2018, and an update on other activities and the themes related to life after care emerging from discussions with carers nationwide. Family carers will also speak about their experience of the transition from the caring role.
Attendance is free and all are welcome. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Catriona Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org and title the email ‘Conference June 18th’
To coincide with the launch of Carer of the Year 2018, CarePlus Pharmacies around the country held coffee mornings to welcome carers and to raise awareness in the wider community of the role of carers which the awards seek to recognise and celebrate.
Leinster Young Carer of the Year 2017 Alannah Donnelly subsequently appeared RTE Today with Daithi and Maura on Wednesday 23rd May, along with FCI’s Carers Support and Advocacy Manager Marian Mahon. Alannah spoke about how caring for her younger brother has influenced her outlook and her preferred career choice of medicine, and Marian laid out for the hosts the contribution which carers make to Irish society, and how they serve as the backbone of health provision in the country. The interview can be seen on the RTE Player (with Alannah’s interview starting at 1.11.45): https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/today-with-maura-and-daithi-30001768/10883067/?ap=1
Launch of CarePlus Carer of the Year Awards 2018
April 25th saw the launch of the CarePlus ‘Carer of the Year’ awards 2018. The launch took place at The Westin Hotel in Dublin and was hosted by broadcasters and Family Carers Ireland patrons Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan. They were joined by 2017 Carer of the Year Paula Robinson of Cootehill, Co. Cavan, and by 3 of the regional Young Carers of the Year, Jack Cooney from Tipperary, Alannah Donnelly from Offaly and Adam Hyland from Clondalkin.
Speaking at the launch, Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland said, “Family Carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work very hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for their loved ones, safely, in their own homes. With limited access to services and particularly respite, Carers are over stretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work which saves the State €10bn each year. Family Carers Ireland is delighted to celebrate and recognise the enormous contribution that Family Carers make through the CarePlus Carers of the Year Awards and would encourage people to nominate a deserving Carer or Young Carer for one of these awards.”
Niamh Lynch, Commercial Director of CarePlus Pharmacy said “CarePlus Pharmacy is honoured to sponsor the Family Carer of the Year awards, which recognises the tireless efforts of thousands of people across the country. Carers are the heart of every community and meet our pharmacy owners and staff every day. We look forward to working closely with Family Carers Ireland and supporting the awards throughout our 50 community pharmacies nationwide”.
This year, the CarePlus Carer of the Year Awards form part of Family Carers Ireland national ‘Carers in Crisis’ campaign and will acknowledge the contribution of Family Carers throughout Ireland. The awards will highlight the sacrifices Family Carers make and the services they provide to the State.
Nomination forms are available online at www.familycarers.ie, Family Carers Ireland’s nationwide resource centres, CarePlus Pharmacies or via the Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24.
The CarePlus Carer of the Year Awards will be presented in Dublin in November.
Nominate a carer you know for an Award!
Why is CarePlus sponsoring the Carer of the Year Awards?
The local pharmacy is one of the first key points of contact for family carers to speak with health professionals in your community. When loved ones are first diagnosed with an illness or disability the support that carers receive from their pharmacist is invaluable. This goes well beyond prescribing medication – it involves advice, medication management and quite often emotional support and information on their loved ones’ illness and treatment.
Our CarePlus Pharmacists and their staff are dedicated to providing Carers with the best in healthcare and wellbeing advice and are always available to help and assist.
Why should I nominate someone I know for an Award?
The Carer of the Year Awards have been running for 12 years and are about recognising and saying thank you to family carers for the work that they do each day in their homes. The awards also raise awareness amongst policy makers, media and society in general as to who family carers are, why they are so important in our society and how we can better support them.
The awards include recognition for young carers under the age of 18 who are usually supporting their parents with the care of a younger sibling or an elderly relative.
How do the nominations work?
From April 25th, you can download a nomination form here, from www.careplus.ie or you can call into any of our CarePlus Pharmacies to pick up a nomination form. All entrants are entered into a Regional Award, of which there are 26! From the Regional Awards, 4 Young Carers are chosen as well as one overall CarePlus Carer of the Year and these winners, along with all the Regional winners are celebrated at an Awards event in Dublin in November.
To find your nearest CarePlus Pharmacy please click here – link to store locator on https://www.careplus.ie/pages/store-locator
With the cold weather please note that there will be a double payment for anyone who is in receipt of the Fuel Allowance this week.
The decision has only been made as of today so if anyone on the payment is unsure of the government’s decision please be assured that you will be receiving the double rate of €45.00.
Please see link below for further info.
This version of the National Carers Strategy Scorecard document was updated in January 2018. A number of errors were brought to our attention relating to our reporting on the Department of Education’s performance in the first edition of this the fourth scorecard. We had incorrectly reported that the Department of Education failed to report under actions 2.2.1, 2.2.2 and 3.1.3. The Department had in fact taken meaningful actions in response to suggestions made in previous Scorecards and had reported on the same. We have corrected these errors and acknowledged those actions in this new updated Scorecard.
Family Carers Ireland’s 2018 Respite Weekend will take place in Wexford from 9th – 11th March. Details are below (click on poster to enlarge), and you can now download and print the booking form. (Bookings require €50.00 deposit.)