New respite funding will help people with disabilities and their families

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GALWAY funding for respite services GALWAY DAILY

Galway West TD Sean Kyne says new investment in Respite will help services provided by the Brothers of Charity Services and Ability West in Galway.

€10m has been allocated under the Respite Development Programme, which will also fund additional capacity for services provided by Western Care in Mayo.

The Fine Gael TD, who announced the funding, said that it will benefit people with disabilities and their families in communities across Galway and Mayo by providing additional services.

“Through the Respite Development Programme 2018 Ability West and the Brothers of Charity in Galway and Western Care in Mayo are receiving one additional respite care bed each which equates to 600 extra respite care nights benefiting up to 60 people and their families each year.

“In addition, the organisations are also receiving investment for in home/host family support for alternative respite services.

“These extra respite services will be of great benefit to people with disabilities and in Galway and Mayo as well as their families and carers.

“My colleague, Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath has also confirmed to me that this new investment is designed to help people with disabilities in Galway and Mayo to lead more independent lives and to have more of a say in their care.

“It is also hugely important that carers look after their own health and well-being, and ensuring we have proper respite services, provided by organisations such as Ability West, Brothers of Charity and Western Care, is crucial to that,” said Sean Kyne TD.