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# Caring

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# Compassion
Carer told to repay social welfare payment after teen son's death calls for system reform
The proposal would prevent family carers from being immediately cut off from supports if a disabled child dies at age 16 or older.
A carer is calling on the government to close a gap in the social welfare system upon the death of a disabled child aged 16 or over.
Tracy McGinnis lost her son Brendan Bjorn, aged 17, last month, and was ordered to refund a social welfare payment.
Care Alliance Ireland said carers who lose a child go through a "really difficult transition period", Lauren Boland reports.
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# Cherry Orchard
Pensioner being restricted from visiting his wife in her care home is 'shameful', says FG TD
The HSE is yet to contact the family featured in the programme, says Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd.
# Referendum
Taoiseach says 'women in the home' reference in the Constitution is 'sexist, anachronistic language'
Varadkar said it is time to separate the idea that women are inherently linked to caring and family roles.
Column: 'Mummy, tell me the story again of how you made my brother blind'
Ireland does not recognise deafblindness as a distinct disability, writes Hesline Crawford.
'After years of caring for my late husband, who and what am I now that I'm no longer a wife or carer?'
Being an ex carer has left me with an awful void in my life, writes Annie McGuinness.
Caring at Christmas: '24: The number of hours I work per day'
When it comes to numbers, the number attached to my age isn’t important. There are, however, some numbers that are very important to me, writes Tracy McGinnis.
# Understand Together
'I went into a bit of a depression': How an Alzheimer's diagnosis can upend a family's life
A new campaign is highlighting the important role friends and family can have in helping a loved one care for someone with dementia.
# young carers
'It can be quite lonely and isolating for them': There are 3,800 carers under the age of 15 in Ireland
The CSO released the latest profile from Census 2016 focusing on health disability and carers in Ireland.
Caring for Mam: 'Putting myself first is not an option even though I have the most to lose'
I am functioning through a crisis, writes Emma Hayes.
# Caring
'People have no idea how isolating caring can be': Study shows high levels of depression among dementia carers
It is the largest study undertaken in Ireland to examine the health and wellbeing of people caring for their spouse with dementia.
'I used to have dreams when he was little about him walking and talking. I would wake up sobbing'
It is dangerous and upsetting to wonder what it would be like, if only, writes Tracy McGinnis.
A carer goes on holiday: 'Catching a glimpse of the life you once hoped to lead can be painful'
Visiting friends showed me the life I can never have and it hurts, writes Candi O’Reilly.
Kate Beaufoy: 'Who cares about the carers? I was a fit fifty when I took on a job of care. I nearly cracked up'
Throughout the country, women in their sixties (an estimated 66% of unpaid caregivers are female) are bathing and dressing and feeding infant grandchildren and ageing parents, writes author Kate Beaufoy.
Caring at Christmas: 'I try to remember what my husband was like before he got sick but it gets harder'
It’s my choice to care for my husband but the government should support us carers more, writes Annie McGuinness.
# Caring
An eight-year-old wrote to Santa asking for €100 to give to the homeless
He also asked for Pokemon cards.
'It's my job to help the family plan and care for their dying children at home'
Anne Tan’s career changed after meeting two terminally ill children.
# Above and beyond
A mother whose children have a rare bone condition has won carer of the year award
A 12-year-old was named young Carer of the Year.
# caring 24/7
I haven't had a full night's sleep since 1999. I'd do it again in a heartbeat --- Ireland's Carer of the Year
Mayo woman Eleanor Ryder has been looking after her husband 24/7 for the best part of two decades.
Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders
Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.
# Marie Fleming
Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street
Tom Curran, partner of Marie Fleming, has welcomed the news that Savitex will be available to patients in Ireland.
# Domestic Work
Au Pairs welcome decision on Domestic Workers Convention
Minister Bruton has announced the government’s plans to ratify the Convention to protect the rights of domestic workers.
# Audit
HIQA report finds internal doors in disability care unit locked
The audit report on the Stewarts centre is just one of 12 published today into designated centres providing care for children, dependent people and people with disabilities
# Caring
Irish believe older women to be kindest group in Ireland
Survey finds that while young Irish men are ranked least kind – people are also less likely to BE kind to young men.
# Jobswatch
65 jobs announced at Dublin care centre
Beechfield Nursing Home Group today announced the creation of 65 new jobs at its new care facility, Mount Hybla Private Designated Care Centre .
Column: The majority of care givers are women, but it shouldn't be prescribed upon us
Traditional gender roles serve as prescriptive claims about how girls and women should act. There are greater choices for both men and women now, so we need to reconcile our competing demands, writes Margaret O’Keefe.
# Dentist
Dentist who "raised the bar" caring for autistic patient wins top award
Dr Gillian Smith painstakingly treated Neal Dhondt for four months, which meant he did not have to have surgery.
My Christmas Day: ‘It’s hard for my heart not to break a little bit’
Community nurse Deirdre O’Hara describes her day travelling to visit those in need – some sick, and some lonely.
# Society
Carers 'heavily stressed' says online survey
Half of carers in survey suffer from illnesses and socialising or holidays are an infrequent, sometimes rare, occurrence.
Irish people kind but slovenly - survey
A new survey of 26 countries finds we spend lots of time volunteering and caring for others – but not nearly enough on housework.