Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 2 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Carer

This year
Parenting: 'Learning the art of resting was a gamechanger for me'
Mum Margaret Lynch outlines the importance of self-care for parents. She says ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.
Last year
Woman jailed for 18 months for stealing from elderly lady she cared for during lockdown
O’Connor was stealing from the elderly woman, who had dementia, for the first four months of the pandemic.
All time
Man who provides round-the-clock care for his wife named Carer of the Year
Marcin Filak cares for his wife Ola and their two children.
Carer who stole €9,000 from elderly man given suspended sentence and ordered to repay cash
She told gardaí that she stole the money because she needed to pay off a drug debt.
Woman who stole over €40,000 from former GP she was caring for jailed for two years
The victim, now aged 90, said she felt an “immense sense of betrayal”.
Ireland's carer of the year: 'We're all on our knees, we all need support and we're not getting it'
Brenda O’Connell Barry spoke on tonight’s Late Late Show, after winning the award earlier today.
'After years of caring for my late husband, who and what am I now that I'm no longer a wife or carer?'
Being an ex carer has left me with an awful void in my life, writes Annie McGuinness.
Caring at Christmas: '24: The number of hours I work per day'
When it comes to numbers, the number attached to my age isn’t important. There are, however, some numbers that are very important to me, writes Tracy McGinnis.
'I went into a bit of a depression': How an Alzheimer's diagnosis can upend a family's life
A new campaign is highlighting the important role friends and family can have in helping a loved one care for someone with dementia.
'I love her too much to put her in a home': Calls for support after RTÉ doc on the struggles of carers
Almost 200,000 people dedicate their lives caring for loved ones in Ireland.
Cavan woman who provides round-the-clock care for her parents awarded Carer of the Year
Paula Robinson cares for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease and her dad who has bowel cancer.
'People who are mentally ill are less likely to be admitted for cancer treatment'
A new study examined the palliative care needs on the island of Ireland by surveying hundreds of GPs and psychiatrists.
Caring for Mam: 'Putting myself first is not an option even though I have the most to lose'
I am functioning through a crisis, writes Emma Hayes.
'People have no idea how isolating caring can be': Study shows high levels of depression among dementia carers
It is the largest study undertaken in Ireland to examine the health and wellbeing of people caring for their spouse with dementia.
A carer goes on holiday: 'Catching a glimpse of the life you once hoped to lead can be painful'
Visiting friends showed me the life I can never have and it hurts, writes Candi O’Reilly.
Kate Beaufoy: 'Who cares about the carers? I was a fit fifty when I took on a job of care. I nearly cracked up'
Throughout the country, women in their sixties (an estimated 66% of unpaid caregivers are female) are bathing and dressing and feeding infant grandchildren and ageing parents, writes author Kate Beaufoy.
Caring at Christmas: 'I try to remember what my husband was like before he got sick but it gets harder'
It’s my choice to care for my husband but the government should support us carers more, writes Annie McGuinness.
'I just want people to remember her': A mother's first Christmas without her little girl
Tara Curran said the family’s spirits were lifted when they received a special gift from hospice staff on Christmas Eve.
Pensioner tells court of suffering after her carer stole €40k inheritance
The pensioner’s two sons had been killed in the past few years and was in ill health when she was robbed.
'We save the country billions but are held to ransom for having a good heart'
Over 200,000 family carers in Ireland currently deliver nearly €4 billion worth of care annually.
Carer stole €41,000 from elderly neighbour to spend it on home improvements, clothes and holidays
Laura Pennick pleaded guilty in court yesterday.
'A carer, what is that?' I am a weight lifter. I am a nurse. I am a specialist. I am exhausted.
I care full-time for my son, who has Hunter Syndrome, as well as being a mother to my other two young boys – yet I am often looked down upon by others.
'Sometimes, I see fear in his eyes. I constantly reassure him but reassurance only lasts seconds.'
Nine years ago, Alzheimer’s slowly crept into our lives and nothing has ever been the same again.
What's life like as a young carer? Jamie has cared for his mother since the age of six
Caring for a family member can be a positive experience, but it can also be a strain on a young person’s health, development and happiness.
Column: What it's like to care for a parent with Alzheimer's
We are a married couple in our mid-late 20s who both work and also care for my father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 and lives with us full-time.
The Night Nurse: Caring for cancer sufferers on Christmas Day is a privilege that helps me appreciate life
The Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Service provides palliative care to cancer patients at the end of their cancer journey during the night, so they can stay in the comfort of their home, surrounded by the ones they love.
I haven't had a full night's sleep since 1999. I'd do it again in a heartbeat --- Ireland's Carer of the Year
Mayo woman Eleanor Ryder has been looking after her husband 24/7 for the best part of two decades.
Opinion: Domestic violence victims who are disabled face multiple obstacles to help
Often when we talk of services for women affected by domestic violence, we talk in terms of able-bodied, English speaking women – but that’s not the full picture.
Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street
Tom Curran, partner of Marie Fleming, has welcomed the news that Savitex will be available to patients in Ireland.
Column: I'm a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate
Tracey Holsgrove explains the agony of contemplating how to proceed with her pregnancy after learning of her baby’s condition – and why she is a firm pro-choice advocate.
Column: How many 'mothers' will you be celebrating this Mother’s Day?
Our changing society brings it’s own challenges – with some children in blended families celebrating more than one mother figure, writes Joanna Fortune.
Readers' Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from the Budget?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of today’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
Home care firm to create 540 jobs
520 of the jobs at Comfort Keepers will be part-time, with 25 full-time roles.