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# Care

Last year
# Headache
'Some people suffer in silence': Roll-out of new service for headache and migraine patients
The new care pathway will be rolled out across ten sites nationally.
# Government
New research to examine lives of children in care and adults who were in care as children
The Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said the project will provide “new and important insights”.
All time
# Dementia
Over half of family carers report a decline in mental health during pandemic
The new research published by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland say that it found family carers to be at “breaking point”.
# Care
HSE hack: A sensitive Tusla database dealing with child protection cases can't be accessed
The Tusla database holds information on current and previous child care cases.
# Allegations
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Mental Health
So far this year, 32 children have had to stay in adult mental health units and it's going to continue to happen
HSE said placing children in adult units will ‘continue to be necessary’.
# Report
Ireland has third highest weekly hours of 'unpaid work' across EU
A new report found Irish adults spend an average of 16 hours per week caring and 14.5 hours on housework.
# Safeguarding
Just 2% of safeguarding concerns reported to HSE come from people experiencing alleged abuse
The bulk of reports of abuse come from either staff members at facilities of family members.
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# at risk
Nurses are the victims in 70% of assaults in Irish hospitals
Figures from the HSE show how frequently nursing staff are assaulted.
# hiqa report
Children went 'missing' from Tusla care home more than 100 times in twelve-month period
The findings were made as part of an unannounced inspection by HIQA in July.
# Courts
High Court rules detention of woman with dementia whose son threatened to kill her is lawful
The court previously heard that the woman’s son had been secretly recorded threatening and verbally abusing her.
Nursing home complaints: Staff member accused of 'physically and emotionally' abusing resident
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# lack of support
‘I was homeless and in a shelter at 15’: Care leavers being forced into homelessness
Limited supports for children coming through care is forcing young people out onto the streets and into a growing homeless crisis.
# Disability care
HSE launches investigation into south Dublin disability service after mistreatment allegations
The mother had had a number of meetings with HSE management before it decided to investigate the matter.
# lois bridges
'Serious concerns' over private treatment centre for people with anorexia
There was little evidence during inspections that the current medical, nursing, or healthcare assistant staff had eating disorder training.
# Care
'It's absolutely like minding a child': Nora Owen on caring for her husband with dementia
Owen spoke to Marian Finucane this morning about the progression of her husband’s condition.
# Molly's Case
Child with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth was 'not receiving sufficient HSE and Tusla support'
Tusla has committed to undertaking a “systemic review” of supports.
Nursing home staff member accused of 'squeezing resident's face and using abusive language'
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# end of life
Almost half of older people depressed in months before death, according to study
The end of life study also found that nearly half (46%) of participants died in a hospital.
# State Care
Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood
‘Clare’ was in foster care when she took her own life.
# Kerry
Kerry nursing home told its system for residents' cash is 'not secure'
An inspection in April this year also found some staff had not received training in medication management and infection control.
# Children
Nearly 1,500 children were taken into emergency care over four years
An emergency care order is made through the Courts service when there is a real and immediate risk to the child’s safety.
# common ground
'Everyone in Ireland deserves to have a good death'
The Irish Hospice Foundation has said investing in bereavement services and end-of-life care will benefit society as a whole.
# Fair Deal
'They simply can't afford it': Older people being priced out of nursing homes
Age Action has said some nursing homes are charging “extortionate costs”.
# Fair Deal
Elderly couple married for 63 years separated as one is rejected for nursing home care
Michael Devereaux (90) broke down in tears as he explained the ‘nightmare’ situation.
# finding a solution
"This is a difficult case": Placement found for teenager left 'lying in hospital' for weeks
The case had been brought before the High Court by the teenager’s guardian ad litem.
# nowhere to go
Plight of teenager left 'lying in hospital' for weeks brought to High Court
There is no suitable placement for the teenager, who has a history of self harm.
# Children in Care
'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'
Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one.
# Foster Care
'I was afraid of my father. I thought it was normal to be afraid of adults'
A new report from NUI Galway highlights the experiences of children in foster care in Ireland.
# vulnerable children
'Behind each of these numbers is a child that needs help': The business of fostering in Ireland
The State spends over €100 million on foster care each year but Tusla’s role in providing this care is under sharp scrutiny.
# State Care
Over half of 16 and 17-year-olds in State care have no aftercare worker
An aftercare worker is assigned to teenagers in State care as they approach the age of 18.
# Social Services
Suicide, overdose, sudden infant death: Children who died while in contact with social services
The National Review Panel released five case studies of vulnerable children who died.
# Portiuncula Hospital
'I remember throwing myself on top of the coffin saying no, you can’t take her because I can’t do this again'
RTÉ Investigates reports on problems in care at Portiuncula Hospital.
# tusla
The challenges of integrating migrant children in Ireland's care
There are many challenges around mental health and cultural identity in particular.
# megan halvey-ryan
Teen who spoke about scoliosis pain on the Late Late Show will finally get her surgery today
Megan Halvey-Ryan’s surgery has been delayed several times before.
# Family court
Child taken into care after her mother was found passed out on New Year's Eve
Gardaí were called to the hotel where the girl and her mother were staying.
# Foster Care
'If we had simply accepted that ageist foster parents rule, it would still be with us'
In May, exclusively reported about the case where grandparents were told they were too old to be the foster carers of their grandchild.
# Children in Care
'They drive you nuts and make you laugh' - Irish foster carers share their stories
The child and family agency is currently running a campaign looking for a home for one particular child.
# Childcare
Children do better when minded by relatives and childminders rather than full-time parents, says ESRI
The study looked at 9,000 children under the age of 5 in Ireland.