The Carers Association is Ireland’s national voluntary organisation for and of family carers in the home. Family carers provide high levels of care to a range of people including frail older people, people with severe disabilities, the terminally ill and children with special needs.
The Carers Association provides a number of services nationwide, to family Carers, which are aimed at helping to increase the quality of life for the Carer and the person receiving care at home.
The services we provide are as follows:
The Louth Family Carers Support Group is a new initiative in Co Louth. We launched on 19 February 2016 in the Boyne Valley Hotel and since then we have established support groups in Clogherhead, Drogheda and Dundalk. We now plan on establishing a support group in the Ardee/Collon and surrounding areas.
The Support Groups provides time out for the family carer, the opportunity to share their experiences, feelings, concerns, to receive both emotional and practical support, learn about benefits and entitlements and much more and all over a cup of tea and a chat.
The Groups meet on a monthly basis. The carers that attend these meetings set the Agenda. Carers often use the time to share coping stragegies and local information in addition to offering emotional support. Groups provide a valuable opportunity to meet others with similar caring experiences. Indeed this is how many enduring friendships begin.
Guest speakers including Public Health Nurses, Social Workers, Nutritionalists and Stress Management experts are invited to meetings to address carers on issues of interest to them.
Groups play a vital role in promoting recognition of the identity, contribution and needs of family carers, in articulating existing and emerging needs and in representing family carers’ issues both to policymakers and to the general community.
Carer groups allow carers to:
share their experiences, feelings, ideas, concerns, information and problems
access information on their rights and entitlements
act together to highlight carers issues with decision makers
have a sense of connection with other family carers in similar circumstances
have a break from the caring situation
relax, socialise and learn from other carers
cope from day to day
Interested in learning more about our Support Groups, please call Winifred on 087 281 5714