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# Carers

All time
# death charter
'I regret not talking to my mother about her death, don't do the same thing'
The Irish Hospice Foundation wants people to talk about death, dying and grief more openly.
# Kerry
Mother fears son won't get respite care until she dies
Nicola Lawless’ 19-year-old son Ben has a severe intellectual disability.
# Social Welfare
'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.
# Exploitation
These are the 24 biggest issues faced by carers in Ireland
A new report has called for stronger employment rights in the home care industry.
# Above and beyond
A mother whose children have a rare bone condition has won carer of the year award
A 12-year-old was named young Carer of the Year.
'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.
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should 'unhealthy' people be rejected as foster parents?
The Children’s Minister said the obesity of an applicant would have to be considered.
# Social Welfare
'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'
Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.
# Mental Health
Caring for a relative with dementia can make you depressed
A new study shows the benefit of learning coping strategies.
# young carer of the year
Teen with cancer wins award for caring for his sick mother
Jamie Mooney has been caring for his mother since he was a small child.
# Palliative Care
'We had to face facts that maybe our little girl was not going to make it'
LauraLynn palliative carers are looking after 40 families, who say the HSE respite could be organised a lot quicker.
# Oireachtas agenda
What are the main issues surrounding fertility in Ireland?
The Health Committee will meet with representatives from the National Infertility Support and Information Group, but what else is happening in Leinster House today?
# call to action
We're worth €4 billion and we want action on water charges & respite payments --- Carers
Carers provide services worth the equivalent of one third of the annual cost of the HSE, they say. Here’s what they want to happen in this October’s Budget…
# sit tight
Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait
The average processing time of an appeal is six months.
# Social Protection
The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%
Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.
# Support
Survey shows 4 in 5 carers badly impacted by cuts in recent years
This week is National Carers Week.
# Oireachtas agenda
Legalising cannabis, tackling reckless lending and bad roads
…and that’s just in one committee meeting. Here’s everything happening in Leinster House today.
# good and bad
People with serious illnesses asked to share their experience of palliative care
The qualitative survey aims to improve policy and services across the country.
# Earnings
Childminders warn new tax rules will force more into the black economy
Early Childhood Ireland said the move by Revenue may not be in the best interests of children.
# waiting time
Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process
The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.
# 63 hour week
Some care staff are working seven 'sleepover' shifts a fortnight say unions
SIPTU and IMPACT have lodged a complaint with the European Commission.
Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer
A reintroduction of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for both people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy, writes Patrick Nulty TD.
# Budget 2014
Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected
Reports over the weekend suggested that some cuts to packages for family carers could be in tomorrow’s Budget, but carers say that would be the wrong move.
# Health
Delayed discharges "cost the HSE €540,000 a night"
A report by a body representing private care givers has found that the government could save €2 billion over the next nine years if outsourcing and competitive tendering were policy.
Column: Why am I made to feel like a scrounger?
Lisa Domican is an award-winning entrepreneur, and also a carer to two autistic teenagers. It’s clear which the Government values more, she writes.
# Carers
Pictures: 300 carers picket Leinster House over Budget cuts
The Carers Association said they will continue to keep the pressure on the government because carers cannot afford the cuts.
# carers protest
Carers to protest at Dáil today over cuts to grant
They are demanding the immediate restoration of the 19 per cent cut to the Respite Care Grant announced in the Budget.
# Carers
McEntee called on to clarify 'callous' comments on respite care grant
According to today’s Sunday Times, Minister McEntee said in relation to the controversial cut that “could stay in a top hotel for €700 a week”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the reduction in the respite care grant be reversed?
The decision to cut the grant by over €300 has proved controversial. Should it be reversed or does the government need to stick to its plans?
# need to know
The Evening with added live news anchor proposal
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Carers
Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut
A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.
# Budget 2013
Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget
The reduction represents a 19 per cent cut in the payment which is used by carers to pay for home help and respite care.
# Society
Carers 'heavily stressed' says online survey
Half of carers in survey suffer from illnesses and socialising or holidays are an infrequent, sometimes rare, occurrence.
# Disability
13 per cent of population have a disability - CSO
Census figures also showed that over 56,000 disabled people aged over 65 lived alone.
# Alzheimer's Disease
Lack of practical arrangements increase stress for Alzheimer's carers - survey
A lack of clear legal and financial arrangements for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease increasing stress and puts a strain on family relationships, a new survey indicates.
# Bingo
Drive-in bingo brings the right numbers to Waterford car park
Good things happen when you mix bingo with a healthy dose of thinking outside the box.
# cso stats
Number of carers rises by 23,000 as over half a million claim a disability
4.1 per cent of the population are now listed as being carers, latest census figures show, as 13 per cent of the population claim they have a disability.
# Carers
In pictures: Burton confronted outside Dáil over domiciliary care allowance
Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisted that there are no plans to reduce the allowance paid to carers of severely disabled children amid fears that some families could lose out.
# Carers
Carers using respite grant to pay bills, rather than for actual respite
This week 77,000 full-time carers are due to receive an annual respite grant of €1,700, but it’s unlikely to be used for holidays.