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For press or media enquiries regarding National Carers Week 2014, please email us at info@carersweek.ie or phone us on 01 874 7776

2015

Press Release- 9 June

Statistics on Family Carers Show Major Changes in Recent Years.

Men account for nearly 40% of Family Carers. One in Eight Women in their 40’s are Sandwich Carers.

This week is National Carers Week. A Fact Sheet on Caring in Ireland, published today to mark the week, highlights significant changes to the composition of Family Carers. Read Full Factsheet here.

Figures of Note are;

  • The number of male carers aged 15 years and older increased by 16.8% between Census 2006 and Census 2011.

  • The peak age for caring amongst women was 45–49, with 11.2% of women in this age group providing unpaid care, amounting to 572,680 hours of care every week.

  • A third of carers work full-time.

  • Four in ten carers were the sole carer for the person they looked after.

  • 38% of carers who look after someone in the same household report feeling completely overwhelmed by their caring responsibilities.

  • 27% of carers scored seven or higher on the Caregiver Strain Index.

Speaking about the week, Zoe Hughes, Research and Policy Officer at Care Alliance Ireland, noted:

“It is clear from these figures that Family Carers play a massive part in our society, and come from all walks of life, across all ages and genders. The increase in numbers of male carers is particularly worth noting, as most of society sees caring as a purely “female” role- given that nearly 40% of Family Carers are men, this is clearly not the case.”

She goes on to say;

“Seeing just how many Family Carers are also in fulltime work- one third- highlights the need for more support and engagement not just from government to allow Family Carers to remain in employment, but also from employers themselves. Recent research in the UK shows that 70% of working carers have felt isolated at work, and that feeling more supported in the workplace would allow them to focus better, work more hours, and feel more valued in their place of employment.”

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said:

“Carers make an enormous contribution to ensuring older people can continue to live at home, in their communities, with dignity. As Ireland’s population ages, the demand for carers will grow, so it is essential carers have the supports they need to continue to look after the people who rely on them.”

Care Alliance Ireland, which is responsible for coordinating Carers Week, says that every person in Ireland has a chance this week to acknowledge the contribution of our 187,000 Family Carers.

National Carers Week, now in its ninth year, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eight other leading Irish charities who support Family Carers: The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers, the Irish Cancer Society, The Disability Federation, MS Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

For further information, contact:  Zoe Hughes 086 883 4942, E-mail: info@carersweek.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The 2011 Census estimates that there are in the region of 187,000 Family Carers in Ireland. It identifies in excess of 4,000 carers under the age of 15. Census 2011 also details the number of Family Carers in each county.

For a full overview of Family Caring Ireland See http://bit.ly/1EcjR4V

A continually updated list of Carers Week events in each county is available at www.carersweek.ie/events.

Care Alliance Ireland is leading the coordination of Carers Week: www.carealliance.ie.

 

Press Release – 7 June (8 June;  6 am Radio/ TV Embargo)

Thousands of Family Carers take part in 9th National Carers Week, 8-14 June

Carers Voices Video to Be Launched.  Carers want to Be Treated as Partners in Care

Family Carers will have the opportunity to take part in more than 150 events in every county this week as the 9th National Carers Week (8-14 June) is launched in Dublin to-day by Nuala Carey. National Carers Week enables Family Carers to take a day for themselves, and to participate in events such as pamper days, informative gatherings, live entertainment and ‘open days’ at local attractions.

A new short video will be launched that shares some carers stories from a recent survey in which over 800 carers took part (https://youtu.be/OeSU2q2JehQ). What did carers have to say about being a family carer?

“… No matter how small, caring for someone rather than handing their care over to ‘professionals’ is maybe keeping society as a whole one tiny step away from being completely a ‘me first me only’ society.”

“We are an invisible work force in Ireland. We need more help and more support. Being a carer is a wonderful privilege for somebody you love. But the isolation and loneliness are awful and feeling that you are not part of Irish society anymore and don’t count. That is soul destroying.”

“I have learned that I have strengths that I never knew I had. I have learned how to cope in the most difficult of circumstances. I have learned that I am able to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.”

Speaking about the week, Liam O Sullivan, Executive Director of Care Alliance, noted:

“This week we seek to acknowledge Family Carers’ wonderful contribution and ask the public to give a special thought to their neighbours who may be caring for a loved one”.

He goes on to say;

“Carers are hopeful that an improving economy will not leave them behind. With limited progress made on the implementation of the National Carers Strategy, Carers issues must be a priority into the future. We also ask all health and social care professionals to treat Family Carers as partners in care.”

Supporting Carers Week again this year, well known TV presenter Nuala Carey said: “I know how important Family Carers are, particularly in enabling people to continue to live at home. The week is a fantastic celebration of the contribution Family Carers make to our loved ones’ lives, and it’s an opportunity for us all to do something extra special for Family Carers in our community.”

Care Alliance Ireland, which is responsible for coordinating Carers Week, says that every person in Ireland has a chance this week to acknowledge the contribution of our 187,000 Family Carers.

“This week we should focus on doing something for those that contribute so much to Irish society. Whether you just call in, make a meal, offer help and support or, if they are far away, give them a call to say ‘you are doing something really important’, there is a huge value in simply saying ‘thank you’” says Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Care Alliance Ireland.

National Carers Week, now in its ninth year, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eight other leading Irish charities who support Family Carers: The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers, the Irish Cancer Society, The Disability Federation, MS Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

For further information, contact: Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 or Zoe Hughes  086 883 4942, E-mail: admin@carersweek.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The 2011 Census estimates that there are in the region of 187,000 Family Carers in Ireland. It identifies in excess of 4,000 carers under the age of 15. Census 2011 also details the number of Family Carers in each county.

The national launch of Carers Week takes place in The Irish Hospice Foundation offices, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 8 June at 11 am. 

Family Carer, Shirley Thornton, a Family Carer from Dublin will speak of her caring experience, together with RTÉ’s Nuala Carey. The winner of the ‘How you Care’ schools competition will also be announced. Family Carers will be available at the launch for interviews from 10:30 am, and throughout the week.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will be launching the week simultaneously in Mayo (Monday 8 June at 11am). For details contact Catherine Cox, 086 852 1611

A number of special events will take place during the week, including the launch of Donegal Children's and Young People's Services Committee’s Vision for Young Carers (including a short film on young carers produced by the Donegal Youth Council), a Mamma Mia Sing-a-long night in Cork, meditation retreats, information days and a host of other regional events for Family Carers.

Photos from earlier closed photo shoot will be sent to Picture Desks on Sunday 7 June (Photographer: Feargal Ward)

A continually updated list of Carers Week events in each county is available at www.carersweek.ie/events.

Care Alliance Ireland is leading the coordination of Carers Week: www.carealliance.ie.

2014

Press Release –  June 9th 2014

Thousands of Family Carers take part in 8th National Carers Week, June 9th – 15th

82% of Family Carers impacted by cuts in supports.

Family Carers will have the opportunity to take part in more than 150 events across the country this week as the 8th National Carers Week (June 9th – 15th) is launched in Dublin to-day by Nuala Carey.  National Carers Week enables carers to take a day for themselves, and to participate in events such as pamper days, informative gatherings, live entertainment and ‘open days’ at local attractions.

Cuts to the respite grant, changes to medical card provision and other cutbacks are having a significant impact on Family Carers of people with neurological conditions, according to a nationwide survey published recently by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland in association with Care Alliance Ireland.

In the survey of over 170 family carers, 82% reported being impacted by cuts to home care packages over the past three years, 77% by cuts to respite services, and 70% by cuts to home help. Over one fifth of carers could not access any respite services.

Another finding was that 42% of respondents had given up work to look after the person with a neurological condition, while 64% reported a significant fall in family income since the onset of the condition.

Speaking about the findings, Liam O Sullivan, Executive Director of Care Alliance, noted: “It is clear from this survey that successive cuts to supports for Family Carers are creating a climate of worry, uncertainty and distress. This is very disappointing in the light of the publication in 2012 of the National Carers Strategy, which explicitly commits to valuing the role of Family Carers in Ireland. We know from the findings of previous surveys that other family members remain the most important source of support for Family Carers, taking up the slack as State supports are further reduced.”

Supporting Carers Week again this year, well known TV presenter Nuala Carey said: “I know all too well how important Family Carers are, particularly in enabling people to continue to live at home. The week is a fantastic celebration of the contribution Family Carers make to our loved ones’ lives, and it’s an opportunity for us all to do something extra special for Family Carers in our community.”

Care Alliance Ireland, which is responsible for coordinating Carers Week, says that every person in Ireland has a chance this week to acknowledge the contribution of our 187,000 Family Carers.

“This week we should focus on doing something for those that contribute so much to Irish society. Whether you just call in, make a meal, offer help and support or, if they are far away, give them a call to say ‘you are doing something really important’, there is a huge value in simply saying ‘thank you’” says Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Care Alliance Ireland.

National Carers Week, now in its eighth year, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with nine other leading Irish charities who support Family Carers: The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers, the Irish Cancer Society, The Disability Federation, MS Ireland, The Parkinson’s Association, Brí, and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

For further information, contact: Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 or Jennifer Graham 086 883 4942, E-mail: ndo@carealliance.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The 2011 Census estimates that there are in the region of 187,000 Family Carers in Ireland. It identifies in excess of 4,000 carers under the age of 15. Census 2011 also details the number of Family Carers in each county.

The national launch of Carers Week takes place in The Irish Hospice Foundation offices, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 on Monday June 9th at 11 am. 

The Young Carer of the Year, Niamh Duffy, will speak of her caring experience, together with RTÉ’s Nuala Carey. The winner of the ‘How you Care’ schools competition will also be announced. Family Carers will be available at the launch for interviews from 10:30 am, and throughout the week.

A number of special events will take place during the week, including the launch of an app for ‘sharing the care’ (Tuesday June 10th)  the ‘Support for Carers’ Mental Health’ campaign (Tuesday June 10th), and several regional events for Family Carers.

Photos from earlier closed photo shoot will be sent to Picture Desks on Sunday June 8th. (Photographer: Feargal Ward)

A continually updated list of Carers Week events in each county is available at www.carersweek.ie/events.

Care Alliance Ireland is leading the coordination of Carers Week: www.carealliance.ie.

 

 

 

2013 Archive

Press Release –  June 10th 2013

Family Carers Survey Shows three Best Things about Caring for Loved Ones.

As part of National Carers Week, running from June 10th-16th, a survey of Family Carers was launched to-day in Dublin.  Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland, told an audience of Family Carers from around the country that they are the un-sung heroes of Ireland, providing in excess of six million hours of care each week to their loved ones.

Commenting on the survey, he said ‘family carers identified isolation, financial worries and being constantly on call as key stressors. The best things about caring were the personal satisfaction in caring, the closeness with the person you care for and the ability to offer protection to a loved one.’

The survey also found other Family Members to be the most significant support. ‘There are 187,112 family carers according to the most recent Census, 61% being women and 39% men. The average amount of care provided per week is 34 hours but for many caring around the clock in excess of 100 hours per week is a reality. Often called the sandwich generation, one in eight women  aged 45-54 are carers, often caring for older parents, and  young children.’ O’Sullivan said.

The survey asked family carers what advice they would give others in a similar role. The most frequent suggestions were to take breaks, have patience and look after yourself.

Family Carers said that they learnt a range of skills in their caring role, most significant of those being patience, strength, and resourcefulness.

National Carers Week, now in its seventh year, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eight other leading Irish charities who support family carers: The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers, The Disability Federation of Ireland, MS Ireland, The Parkinson’s Association, Bri, and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

EBS Supports the Week.

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265, E-mail: ndo@carealliance.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The full report is available to view at www.carersweek.ie

The 2011 Census estimates there to be in the region of 187,000 Family Carers in Ireland. It also identifies in excess of 4,000 carers under the age of 15. Census 2011 also details the numbers of Family Carers in each county.

Later in the week  a number of particular events will take place including the  launching of an online resource for Carers of people with MS (Virtual, Tuesday June 11th), Digital Technology for Carers Launch (Buswells, Wednesday June 12th ) and several regional events for Family Carers.

Photos from launch will be sent to picture desks later to-day (Photographer Sean Brosnan)

A continually updated list of Carers Week events in each county is available at http://www.carersweek.ie/events

Care Alliance Ireland is leading in the co-ordination of the week. www.carealliance.ie

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 ndo@carealliance.ie

Press Release - June 9th  2013 (June 10th  6am Radio/TV Embargo)

Thousands of Family Carers take part in 7th National Carers Week June 10th - 16th

90% of Carers report other Family Members to be their Most Important Source of help.

Family Carers will have the opportunity to take part in more than one hundred and fifty events across the country this week as the 7th National Carers Week (June 10th- 16th), supported by EBS, is launched at the Mansion House by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, and RTÉ’s Nuala Carey.  This is the first year of EBS’s partnership with National Carers Week, which enables carers to take a day for themselves and participate in events such as informative gatherings, live entertainment and local attraction open days.

A survey of 250 Family Carers undertaken as part of the week found that over 90% said that other family members are the most important source of support to them. Other important supports are health care professionals and voluntary agencies. The findings of this survey, provide a snapshot of people’s lived experiences of caring for a family member in Ireland today.  The full report and findings from the survey will be released on June 10th, to mark the launch of the week.

Supporting the week again this year, well known TV presenter Nuala Carey said; “I know all too well how important Family Carers are, particularly in enabling people to continue to live at home. The week is a fantastic celebration of the contribution Family Carers make to our loved ones’ lives and it’s an opportunity for us all to do something extra special for Family Carers in our community.”

Speaking about the survey Liam O’Sullivan, Care Alliance Ireland said: ‘the responses to this survey demonstrate that while providing care can be an enriching and rewarding experience, this is not always the case.’ He goes onto say: ‘Caring can be a major source of burden and stress, particularly where unrealistic expectations are placed on individuals or when support is absent.'

Ultimately, the findings reiterate the importance of providing adequate supports at a time when  the 19% cut to the respite care grant looms large for Family Carers across Ireland.  The cuts will take effect from June.

Care Alliance Ireland, which is responsible for coordinating the week, says that every person in the country has a chance this week to acknowledge the contribution of Irelands 187,000 Family Carers. “This week we should focus on doing something for those that contribute so much to Irish society.  Whether you just call in, make them a meal, offer your help and support or if they are far away give them a call to say ‘you are doing something really important’, there is a huge value in simply saying ‘thank-you’,” says Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland.

Speaking about National Carers Week Barry Delaney, Head of EBS Marketing said, “EBS is delighted to partner with National Carers Week 2013.  As the survey published today shows, significant numbers of people throughout the country are involved in the provision of care to a family member or loved one – often with limited support. We believe that the work of  National Carers Week in raising awareness of the role of carers and celebrating the work that they do is very important and we are proud to be associated with this week of diverse activities.”

National Carers Week, now in its seventh year, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eight other leading Irish charities who support family carers: The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers, The Disability Federation, MS Ireland, The Parkinson’s Association, Bri, and The Irish Hospice Foundation.

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265, E-mail: ndo@carealliance.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The 2011 Census estimates there to be in the region of 187,000 Family Carers in Ireland. It also identifies in excess of 4,000 carers under the age of 15. Census 2011 also details the numbers of Family Carers in each county.

The national launch of the week takes place in The Mansion House on Monday June 10th at 11am.  Family Carers will speak of their experiences, together with The Lord Major of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, and RTÉ’s Nuala Carey. Family Carers will be available at the Mansion House launch for interviews from 10.30am and throughout the week.

During the week  a number of particular events will take place including the  launching of an online resource for Carers of people with MS (Virtual, Tuesday June 11th), Digital Technology for Carers Launch (Buswells, Wednesday June 12th ) and several regional events for Family Carers.

Photos, from photo shoot are being sent to Picture Desks on Sunday June 9th. (Photographer; Feargal Ward)

A continually updated list of Carers Week events in each county is available at http://www.carersweek.ie/events

Care Alliance Ireland is leading in the co-ordination of the week. www.carealliance.ie

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 ndo@carealliance.ie

Press Release - May 24th 2013

Family Carers to take part in 7th National Carers Week June 10th - 16th : Events to give recognition to Ireland’s 187,112 Family Carers.

The 7th National Carers Week will celebrate and recognise the contribution of Ireland’s Family Carers with over 160 events throughout Ireland, from 10th to 16th June. (Pictures available)

The Census reports there are 187,112 Family Carers in Ireland – details of county by county breakdown are attached. 62% are women and 38% are men. The average age of Family Carers is 46 years.

A survey of 250 Family Carers undertaken recently found that over 90% said that other family members were the most important source of support to them. Other important supports were health care professionals and voluntary agencies.

The findings of this survey, ‘Tell Us What It’s Like’ provide a snapshot of peoples lived experiences of caring for a family member in Ireland today.    Speaking about the survey Liam O’Sullivan, Care Alliance Ireland said: ‘the responses to this survey demonstrate that while providing care canbe both an enriching and rewarding experience this is not always the case.’

He goes onto say: ‘Caring can be a major source of burden and stress, particularly where unrealistic expectations are placed on individuals or when support is absent.‘

Ultimately, the findings reiterate the importance of providing adequate supports as the 19% cut to the respite care grant in June looms large for Family Carers across Ireland.

The full report and findings from the survey will be released on June 10th, to mark the launch of the week.

The week is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eight other leading Irish organisations who support family carers; The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers Ireland, The Disability Federation of Ireland, Bri, MS Ireland, The Parkinsons Association and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

Media are welcome to come along to cover any of the local events (http://www.carersweek.ie/events)as a feature or news story.

National Carers Week events across the country are being finalised and when details are confirmed they will be listed on www.carersweek.ie/events.

If you would like to speak to local event organisers for quotes and/ or to organise interviews with local Family Carers please contact Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 ndo@carealliance.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives, who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The 2011 Census estimates there to be in the region of 187,000 Family Carers in Ireland. It also identifies in excess of 4,000 carers under the age of 15. Census 2011 also provides an estimate of Family Carers in each county.

Locally based Family Carers are available for interview on request.

The week also includes a National Schools Competition, Carers Survey results, Regional and National launches and high profile celebrity endorsements (Nuala Carey, RTE- photos available)

EBS is supporting the week.

A radio campaign will run, starting June 3rd.

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 ndo@carealliance.ie

Press Release - April 17th 2013

187,000 Family Carers given Opportunity to share their Experience as part of National Carers Week 2013

As part of the 7th annual National Carers Week, which takes place from 10th-16th June, family carers are being given a chance to share their experience of caring for a loved one. Family carers are the unsung heroes in our local communities. This survey aims to highlight their needs and views.

The short survey, ‘Tell Us What It’s Like’ will capture peoples lived experiences of caring for a family member in Ireland today. As the cut to the respite care grant looms large, this survey will help family carers articulate the challenges, as well as the joys that caring presents.

Nuala Carey, who is supporting National Carers Week says; ‘I encouraging all carers out there to complete the survey – we want to hear your experiences of caring – the good the bad and the ugly.’

National Carers Week, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eight other leading Irish charities who support family carers: The Alzheimer Society, The Carers Association, Caring for Carers, The Parkinson Association, The Disability Federation, MS Ireland, Bri and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

Family carers can complete the two minute survey by visiting www.carersweek.ie

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265  E-mail; ndo@carealliance.ie

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Notes to the Editor:

Family Carers are usually immediate relatives who provide very high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with severe disabilities, frail older people and people who are terminally ill.

The national launch of the week takes place in The Mansion House on Monday June 10th at 11am.  Family carers will speak of their experiences, together with The Lord Major of Dublin, and Nuala Carey. Family Carers will be available at the Mansion House launch for interviews from 10.30am and throughout the week.

The 2009 Quarterly National Household Survey estimated there to be in the region of 274,000 Family Carers in Ireland. 187,000 people in the 2011 Census reported providingunpaid personal help provided for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability.

The survey asks the following questions;

  • What are the best things about being a Family Carer? (Please list up to 3)
  • What helpful advice would you give to others in a similar role as yourself?
  • What have you learnt about yourself from your caring role?
  • What are the most difficult things about being a Family Carer?(Please list up to 3)
  • What or Who is your main source of support?

Link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FamilyCarersSurvey

For a list of the partners and the work they do see www.carersweek.ie

Care Alliance Ireland is leading in the co-ordination of the week. www.carealliance.ie

EBS is supporting the week.

For further information contact:  Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 ndo@carealliance.ie