New Placements for Elderly Care & Repair in West Cork – Daly

Wednesday 4th April 2018

New Placements for Elderly Care & Repair in West Cork – Daly

Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, has today said that a local initiative in Skibbereen, known as the Elderly Care & Repair project, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Speaking on the initiative today, Minister for Older People Jim Daly said, ‘The Elderly Care & Repair project, the first of it’s kind in the Country,  is an initiative that aims to recruit workers through the Community Employment Scheme to assist elderly people in the community with simple day to day tasks. This initiative will ensure that elderly people in rural Ireland particularly more isolated areas will have regular contact and support from the community. I am delighted to see schemes like this progressing and I am endeavouring to role out similar scheme across the country to help combat loneliness and isolation in our elderly community. This can be done in many ways such as expansion of meals on wheels, co-location of elderly housing and more department of social protection community employment placements as is the case here.”

Minister Daly went on further to say that an official from the Department had confirmed to him in recent days that there is scope within the Department of Social Protection to provide support in the form of expanding the CE Scheme to allow workers to take part in this pilot program that would have a huge impact on the care we provide for elderly people particularly in rural isolated areas.

Minister Daly concluded by saying, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee members of the Skibbereen Education and Environment Project for the work they have done to date in the project and I look forward to continuing to liaise with them’.