The Irish Red Cross last night launched the Carers Handbook as a resource to assist Ireland’s 187,000 Carers. Millions of hours of care work are given voluntarily each week by family carers of all ages, some as young as fifteen years old. The Carer’s Handbook offers practical advice for both the Carers themselves and their care recipients.
Speaking at the launch, Donal Forde, Irish Red Cross Secretary General, offered his thanks to Ireland’s Carers, “Any of us could find ourselves in need of care assistance, either for ourselves or for a loved one. It is vital that we continue to support our Carers in their roles and enable them to create a safe and comfortable environment for themselves and the care recipient.”
The Irish Red Cross has provided 1000 free copies of the Carers Handbook to nursing homes, libraries and education institutes across Ireland. Forde said, “We hope that by distributing free copies in this way, the invaluable information held within the pages of this book will reach those people who need it most.”
As part of its Health and Social Care Programme, the Irish Red Cross aims to deliver humanitarian services to vulnerable people and communities in need across the country. The Carers Handbook is the latest addition to the Irish Red Cross’ suite of Carer resources and services, which also include a ‘Helping You to Care’ course, therapeutic hand care and skin camouflage services.
The Irish Red Cross Carers Handbook is available to purchase online at www.redcrossshop.ie for €6.99.
Pictured L-R are Fintan Breen, Elaine Monaghan and Donal Forde of the Irish Red Cross at the launch of the Irish Red Cross Carers Handbook in the Mansion House, Dublin. Picture Laura Gallagher Photography.