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DHSS announce new initiative to support carers 30 June 2005

    The Department of Health and Social Security’s Social Services Division are putting into action another initiative which is part of its ongoing development of the Government’s Carers Strategy, which sets out a framework for developing a structure to support carers.

    At Springfield Grange Nursing Home today, the Minister for Health and Social Security, Hon Steve Rodan MHK, signed the formal contract under which the nursing home will make available a room with nursing care for allocation by the Department for respite care.

    The Department sought tenders from nursing homes late last year and the facility is now up and running enabling families to have a well earned break from their caring role safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being well cared for.

    The provision of such a facility has been developed following approaches from a number of carers, and in line with the strategy. In particular, the approach made to the Department by Kevan Osborn of Ballasalla, himself a carer for many years. He highlighted the need that all carers have for a regular break, on a pre-planned basis and the lack of such facility when respite needs to be taken in a nursing home.

    Sadly, Mr Osborn’s wife Eileen died earlier this year but he said,

    “I am delighted that the facility is now being provided and whilst I will not utilise it, I am sure it will be of considerable benefit to other carers.”

    When signing the contract, Hon Steve Rodan MHK said,

    “The Department is very pleased that we have been able to establish an arrangement to provide further and much needed support to carers. This is tangible evidence of our wish to develop such services in support of carers and to further progress the Carers Strategy”

    Director of Social Services David Cooke also expressed his satisfaction and added,

    "I would like to see such provision expanded as and when finances permit.”

    This respite nursing care supplements the 10 existing respite beds in our own Social Services Resource Centres for Older People and our partner, the Corrin Home, in Peel.

    A number of people have already benefited from the break being provided and have expressed their satisfaction at both the opportunity to take a break and the service provided.

    Carers Strategy co-ordinator David Gawne explained,

    “The service is available to any one requiring a break from caring for someone who requires nursing care, either on a one off basis or on a programmed basis. If some one requires a break but does not currently have a social worker, they should telephone the Duty Social Worker on 686179.”

    For further information, contact David Gawne on 461247.

    30th June 2005

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