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People with Disabilities in Sligo – Leitrim to benefit from respite services investment

People with disabilities in Sligo and Leitrim are to benefit from new Government investment in respite services, a local Fine Gael TD has said today.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin has announced that the Government funded Respite Development Programme for 2018 will mean additional services for families in Sligo and Leitrim.

A new 4 bed centre-based respite centre, which is being built by a private provider under a competitive process, is being developed and this will deliver approx 600 additional bed nights by Q3 2018, and 1,300 in a full year.    

There is also an expansion to the HSE Home Sharing Social Worker and Co-ordinator program which will target 250 additional nights by Q3 2018.

“These developments will be of great benefit to people with disabilities in Co. Sligo and Leitrim as well as their families and carers.

“Fine Gael is using the economic recovery to support the most vulnerable people in communities around the country. In the last Budget an additional €10 million was allocated to improve respite services.

“This is now being use to provide new centre based residential respite and alternative respite services for people with a disability and their families and carers, such as the additional services announced for Sligo and Leitrim today.

“Today’s announcement is designed to help people with disabilities in Sligo and Leitrim 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 in Sligo and Leitrim is crucial to that.

“This €10 investment in respite care nationally, is additional to the respite services the HSE has already committed to provide as part of its National Service Plan 2018. This plan targets the provision of more than 45,500 day places and 182,500 overnights for more than 6,320 people with a disability who avail of these services,” concluded Deputy McLoughlin.