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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Health

Disability Services Provision

Photo of Neale RichmondNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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269. To ask the Minister for Health if an emergency helpline can be set up for carers of those with physical and intellectual disabilities to receive help in emergency situations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19376/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The needs of family carers are varied. To address these myriad needs, the HSE has developed a family carer’s support page on its website at , to assist family carers with the specific challenges they face. Family Carers Ireland, which receives funding from the State, operates a freephone helpline for family carers (1800 24 07 24), operating 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to midday on Saturdays. Outside of these hours, the Samaritans provides a service to family carers at 116 123.

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