A suitable location for respite care has been identified by Enable Ireland and the HSE according to Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering.
Enable Ireland has taken over the provision of respite services to children with complex disabilities in Carlow and Kilkenny since the 1st of September.
They have identified the former Patrician Brothers’ residence in Tullow as the preferred location of their overnight respite care service.
Deputy Deering said: “This is most welcome news for Carlow families of children with disabilities, and indeed the children themselves. I am delighted to have been able to assist Enable Ireland in identifying a suitable location for respite care in Carlow.
“The issue of respite care has been a very emotive issue in Carlow, when I found there was a suitable location in Tullow available, I alerted the HSE who acted swiftly to purchase the location and I am delighted that the sale is now proceeding.
“I believe the former Patrician Brothers’ residence in Tullow will prove to be an ideal location for respite care. This property will be developed to provide first rate care for children with disabilities.
“I hope this will give families a degree of certainty, knowing that Tullow will be the home of respite care in Carlow for many years to come.
“Enable Ireland’s job is to focus care on the individual, not the disability. I trust they will deliver care of the very highest standard in Tullow for children and families in Carlow for many years to come.
“The sale of the property is progressing and all parties involved want to see it completed as a matter of urgency.
“In the interim, Enable Ireland is working hard on providing families with alternative respite solutions in an effort to support their needs. This is being provided on a phased basis in consultation with families and the HSE.
“Enable Ireland has developed referral pathways and referral forms to ensure they capture all children who are being referred to the service,” the Carlow TD said.