Vital respite services to be restored for families of children with special needs

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has said today (Tuesday) that vital respite services for families of children with special needs are to be restored at the Daughters of Charity care centre on Dublin’s Navan Road.

“I know that for parents of children with special needs, access to overnight stays a couple of times a month for their children at the Daughters of Charity centre, provided a vital rest and allowed parents spend some much needed time with other children in the family, or have a short holiday.
“Unfortunately this respite facility has been unavailable for up to two years. Over this time the families have met with the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and made it very clear that the respite care needs to be restored as quickly as possible.

“Respite services were reduced significantly as a result of emergency requirements to accommodate a number of children with severe disability and challenging behaviour, while the HSE and the Daughters of Charity were also dealing with a number of funding issues.

“The HSE have been working locally with the Daughters of Charity to find a resolution to this. I’m very pleased that an alternative house has now been identified and has been provided to the Daughters of Charity.

“The HSE has agreed that funding will be made available for the respite house, to allow it to open before year end and the parents have now been notified of the development.

“This will be a huge relief to the parents, who really rely on this respite service.”

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