Warriors of care save State €10 billion

    At the launch Carer of the Year Awards 2018 were Young Carers of the Year 2017 winners, Mark Hyland, 14, Jack Cooney 10, Alannah Donnelly, 16, and sponsor, Niamh Lynch, CarePlus Pharmacy, with overall winner Paula Robinson

    DO YOU know someone in our community who would deserve the title of Carer of the Year 2018?

    The believe has to be that there are many who would deserve such an award but if you have a perticular warrior of comort in mind the message to get cracking on your nomination.

    Our wonderful carers certainly deserve any accolades bestowed on them.

    Family Carers Ireland has just launched its CarePlus Carer of the Year’ awards.

    The launch was hosted by broadcasters, and patrons of the charity, Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan.

    People are now being urged to nominate a Family Carer from Kilkenny, one of thousands who annual save our State €10billion in unpaid care.

    One in 20 people in Ireland is a Family Carer, and there are now over 4,321 family carers in Kilkenny, saving the Government €10 billion in unpaid care nationwide every year.

    By 2030, demographic changes predict that one in five people will take on a caring role. Most recent census figures (2016) revealed that Family Carers collectively provide 6,608,515 hours of care per week; an average of 38.7 unpaid hours per carer; the equivalent of a full time job.

    Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland said,

    “Family Carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work very hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for loved ones, safely, in their own homes.

    “With limited access to services. particularly respite, Carers in Kilkenny are over stretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work.

    “Family Carers Ireland is delighted to recognise the enormous contribution that Family Carers make,” Catherine Cox of Family Carers told The Reporter.

    Niamh Lynch said CarePlus Pharmacy was honoured to sponsor the Family Carer awards, which recognise the tireless efforts of thousands of people.

    The awards will highlight the sacrifices Family Carers make and the services they provide to the State.

    Nomination forms for the Kilkenny CarePlus award are available at www.familycarers.ie, from Family Carers Ireland resource centres, CarePlus Pharmacies or via the Freephone 1800 24 07 24.

    The awards will be presented in Dublin in November.