Tipperary family carer-of-the-year sought

The Carers Association is calling on locals across Tipperary to recognise the dedication and enormous contribution of Tipperary’s family carers.

The Carers Association is calling on locals across Tipperary to recognise the dedication and enormous contribution of Tipperary’s family carers.

Recently launched by patron of the Carers Association and broadcaster Mary Kennedy, the Carers of the Year Awards and Young Carer of the Year Award 2013 celebrate the commitment of family carers.

There are over 7,000 family carers in Tipperary providing unpaid care in the home each week to frail older people, those terminally ill and with disabilities. Family carers across Ireland save the health budget over four billion euro each year

The Carers Association recently undertook a survey of family carers from across Ireland attending its National Carers Convention and found that 87 per cent of those surveyed said their roles were highly stressful and have contributed to a decline in their own health and wellbeing.

“Family caring can be very difficult with many family carers experiencing isolation, stress and illness due to their round-the-clock caring responsibilities. It is a real labour of love and these awards are so important to recognise and celebrate the work of family carers. 2013 in particular has been a very tough year for family carers with many struggling to make ends meet. We urge the public across Ireland and Tipperary to nominate their chosen family carer.” said Catherine Cox, Carers Association.

Ms Kennedy was joined at the launch by Carer of the Year 2012 Peter Riordan. Peter (82) from Naas, provided full time care to his wife, Eithne, who passed away in 2004 and currently to his sons Bernard (51) and Ronan (36). Bernard was left brain-damaged and is a wheelchair user following a car crash in 1978 in which his brother Stephen (who was 15) died. Ronan has Downs Syndrome and is non-verbal.

All entrants will receive a commemorative certificate with the National Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year 2013 being announced at a special ceremony in November.

Application forms are also available from the Carers Association’s Resource Centre’s nationwide or directly from Freephone Careline on 1800-240724. Nominations can be made online at www.carersireland.com

The closing date for nominations is Friday, September 27, 2013.