• A change in the contracts of HSE Carers will mean different carers calling every day to elderly clients.

    That's according to Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who's concerned that there will be no consistency in the service, and that elderly people will be concerned about a number of different people calling to their homes to provide care.

    He's also concerned about security, as a number of carers may have keys to a client's home.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says he has been contacted by anxious families in relation to the change in carer's contracts, and will raise the matter at the next meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

    Midwest News has also contacted the HSE for clarification in relation to this issue, and we're currently awaiting a response.

  • “More care needs to be taken of the carers”, that’s the view of Mayo Sinn Fein senator Rose Conway Walsh.

    She says that people caring for loved ones in their homes, save the state in excess of 10 billion euro a year, yet she says only a fraction of Home Carers actually qualify for the Carers Allowance.

    Home Carers Ireland launched its pre budget submission to government this week asking for a range of changes to the Carers Allowance scheme to make life a little easier for carers.

    Senator Conway Walsh told Midwest news that  she has asked the Minister with responsibility in this area to come into the Seanad to discuss the needs of Carers in more detail.

  • The extension of free GP care to all carers has been welcomed this evening by Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    New legislation has been passed by the Oireachtas, which means that 14,000 carers nationally will now receive a free GP Visit Card.

    Anyone receiving either full or half-rate Carers Allowance or Carers Benefit will be eligible for free GP visits.

    Senator Mulherin is hoping applications will open by September for those eligible, and says it's an important step in caring for carers...

  • More than 68,000 carers in Ireland suffer from depression - that's nearly enough people to fill every seat in Croke Park.

    That's according to Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten who told the Dáil last night that a large proportion of those carers suffer depression as a result of never getting a break.

    He said carers who are providing care 24 / 7 to a loved one must have access to respite breaks and Deputy Naughten is calling for carers to be legally entitled to respite breaks....