Smyth calls for dedicated respite services as crisis continues

Deputy Niamh Smyth addressing Monday’s public meeting in Cootehill on the respite crisis.

-Additional adult and child respite services urgently required in Cavan-Monaghan-


Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said the accommodation crisis in respite services has reached peak levels as there are now up to 95 families directly impacted with 300 families also requiring respite supports in the near future.


Deputy Smyth said “There are already significant delays for those waiting on respite services in my constituency. This week I attended a public meeting which heard from so many of the families left waiting for respite care.


“While Cavan Monaghan Disability Services are actively seeking an alternative location the wider issue of respite services, or lack of, must remain a priority for the HSE and the Minister.


“I have raised this problem with the Minister for Health once again and was disappointed with his lack of action. This matter has been going on for months with no substantive action.  The HSE must make this a priority to ensure waiting lists are reduced for the families in Cavan-Monaghan.


“Parents and families want the government to provide families with respite which they so badly need in the meantime. It’s a small ask considering the money these family carers are saving the state yearly. They also feel now that the provision of a dedicated separate child and adult respite centre is required in Cavan and Monaghan.


“The demand is there, and these families cannot continue to be ignored and need to be supported in the valuable care they provide,” concluded Deputy Smyth.


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