There are over 7,433 family carers in Donegal caring for older people, people with disabilities, terminally ill and those with special needs.
‘Time’ is the theme of this year’s awards, highlighting the significant increase in the number of older carers who have dedicated decades of their time caring for loves ones.
Nationally there are over 30,000 carers aged over 60 years while a further 8,676 are over 75 years of age. Many sacrifice retirement to continuing their caring role.
“While the work of family carers can be rewarding and a real labour of love, the cost of that care in physical, emotional, and psychological terms can be immense. We want to honour the thousands of family carers who dedicate so much of their time and lives to caring for their loved ones. There are so many wonderful carers in Donegal and I would invite people across the county to nominate their carer of the year,” said Catherine Cox, Head of Communications with The Carers Association.
The Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year Awards 2014, sponsored by Tunstall Emergency Response, celebrate the dedication shown by family carers providing unpaid care in the home for their loved ones. The awards are based on a national nomination process with the public invited to nominate their chosen family carers. All entries receive a commemorative certificate and local award recipients are invited to attend the Carers of the Year Awards 2014 ceremony being held in November in Dublin. Ireland’s Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year (under 18) will be presented with their awards by patrons of The Carers Association and RTÉ broadcasters, Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy.
Nomination forms are available from The Carers Association’s Resource Centres nationwide, Freefone 1800 24 07 24 or nominate online at www.carersireland.com. Closing date for entries is September 19th 2014.