The Carers Association is receiving distressed calls from family carers across the country extremely upset and shocked at last night’s Prime Time footage on the treatment residents have received at Áras Attracta. A huge worry for family carers is what will happen to their loved ones when they can no longer provide care at home and go into state care.

“This footage has caused tremendous upset and stress for family carers across the country. And understandably so. The fear countrywide among our members is that Áras Attracta is not an isolated case. The inhumane treatment received by residents is absolutely appalling and the footage shocking and very upsetting. A constant worry for family carers is the care provision for their loved ones when they are no longer around and this footage was terrifying” said Catherine Cox, Head of Communications, The Carers Association.

“Nothing can ever give comfort to the residents there who were subjected to such cruel treatment or to their families. We call on Government to conduct an immediate thorough, fair and transparent investigation to ensure this type of abuse never happens again. We would also ask that the employees shown in the footage mistreating residents are never allowed work in a care setting in the future. While we acknowledge that there are many excellent caring facilities across the country, there needs to be proper management structures, supervision and thorough checks in place to ensure high standards of care are maintained in all centres. This also provides peace of mind for the families of those with disabilities that their loved ones are being well looked after. Another remedy to help monitor care would be more informal visits by residents families, home carers and volunteers who could carry out unannounced spot checks and visits to residents and report back on any significant issues identified.”

The Carers Association also highlights that more supports for family carers will allow people with intellectual disabilities be cared for at home for as long as possible. There will come a time when many require state care and Government needs to ensure this care is safe, well managed and above all that residents are respected and protected. 

The Carers Association is a national voluntary organisation that provide a range of vital supports and services to Ireland’s 187,000 Family Carers.

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