Many carers are up all night: “We’d go to bed and after about an hour or two he’d start shouting, ‘Get away from me.’ He was terrified. We’d have to get up and tell him that he was safe and to calm him down.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Joan Higgins lives outside Claremorris, Co Mayo and cares for her adult son John* (not his real name) who resides in the family home. The 31-year-ol(...)

A file image from RTÉ showing Mary Garvan (65), a resident of Áras Attracta residential care centre, distressed after a staff member placed a blanket over her head. Image: RTÉ Investigations Unit

Charges may soon be initiated following a Garda investigation into the alleged abuse of intellectually disabled people at the HSE run Áras Attracta ce(...)

A screengrab from secretly recorded footage in Swinford’s Áras Attracta residential care centre shows a worker putting a blanket over a resident’s head after the latter made noise looking for attention. File photograph: RTÉ

Gardaí have completed a file and forwarded it to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) following an investigation into alleged inhumane treatment (...)

Catherine Cox of the Carers Association: “If the carer’s health fails then the State will be faced with an even larger bill to look after both the carer and the person for whom they are caring”

Care-giving should be classified as major public health concern, the Carers Association has said. The lobby group was reacting to a study which fin(...)

Colm Keaveney: said the data highlighted “shocking gaps” in how the State was failing to respond to the needs of vulnerable children

Gaps in early assessment services mean thousands of children with disabilities are waiting years for vital supports such as speech and language the(...)

 Emmet Stagg, who yesterday expressed concern about increasing the age threshold from 60 to 66 for the housing aid grant for the elderly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government yesterday defended the changes to grants for elderly and disabled people living at home, and said funding had actually increased since (...)

Winner of the Young Carer of the Year Award 2013  Niamh Duffy (13) from Middleton, Co Cork, who helps care for her brother Finn (11) with her parents Liam and Susan. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland

Carers deserve better treatment by Government than the recent cuts to respite care, the withdrawal of medical cards and cuts to the telephone allowanc(...)

Moira Skelly from Walkinstown, Dublin, with her daughter Ciara (18) who, due cutbacks cannot continue in full-time care in Stewarts Hospital in Palmerstown. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The discontinuation of day services in Stewarts Hospital in west Dublin for 11 teenagers with profound disabilities is “totally unfair and really unth(...)

Fran Kane with her son JJ Kane, from Tallaght , and Carolyn Akintola, Tallaght, who cares fro her mother Elsie, who is on peretonial dialysis three time a day, as the Carers Association protested outside Leinster House yesterday.
Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A cut in the respite grant of almost 20 per cent has been described as the “last straw” for carers. The Government implemented the cuts this week whic(...)

Siobhan Powell (29) from Wexford: the HSE has told her family that the only residential option available for Siobhan is in a nursing home for older people

Health authorities are offering people with disabilities beds in institutions such as nursing homes, despite official policies which promote care in t(...)