Therapeutic Hand Care Volunteers will provide hand massage at events all over Ireland to support the 6th National Carers Week (June 18th-22nd). These events for Family Carers included pamper days, tea dances, lunches and day trips. Irish Red Cross Therapeutic Hand Care volunteers provided hand massage at many events for family carers who deserve a pampering treat.
Therapeutic Hand Care volunteers are trained to give a hand massage and manicure to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, day care centres and people in their own homes. The relaxing effect of the massage reduces stress and pain and the manicure is often a boost to morale. The treatment is a way to communicate care through touch and the fact that a Hand Care Volunteer spends time with a patient can often be the most valuable aspect of the service.
The Irish Red Cross continues to support carers and the vulnerable in our society by providing a range of community services including Carers Training Courses, Skin Camouflage Service for people with skin disfigurement and the Therapeutic Hand Care Service. The Irish Red Cross Helping You to Care Handbook is a practical, fully illustrated guide for those looking after someone who is ill, elderly or has a disability.
Each year the Irish Red Cross calls for nominations for the Carer of The Year Award, an annual award open to all carers in Ireland. The award acknowledges the dedication of informal carers at home and in the community who provide an essential service to the vulnerable and display true humanitarian values. In 2011, the Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award was presented to Mary Brady from Cork.
For National Carers Week over one hundred and fifty events will take place all over Ireland this week for Family Carers as the 6th National Carers Week (June 18th- 24th), launched at the Mansion House by Andrew Montague, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Nuala Carey, RTE presenter. A list of Carers Week Events nationally is available at www.carersweek.ie
Nuala Carey, Cillian O’Sullivan (5, Dublin) and Fergus O’Flynn. (5, Dublin) - (Photographer; Feargal Ward)