Adam (14) honoured for caring for sick father

by Mark O'Brien
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A CLONDALKIN teenager has been named Young Carer of the Year for the work he does caring for his sick father.

Adam Hyland (14) was named as Family Carers Ireland Young Carer of the Year for Leinster at a special ceremony last week.

Adam helps his mother Elaine care for his dad Pat, who has multiple illnesses including dementia, diabetes, severe chronic pain and has suffered many heart attacks.

Elaine told Dublin Gazette that she was very proud of Adam.

“We’ve three children but two of them are in college,” she said.

“They would do similar roles but it’s just that Adam would have a special bond with dad.”

Adam spends time with his dad every day before and after school.

“I would wake up, I’d get myself dressed, I’d help my dad get dressed, I’d bring him down the stairs and make him tea and make sure he’s sorted and then I’d go to school making sure he’s good,” he said.

When he comes home from school, Adam then spends time with his dad.

They watch movies and regularly watch their beloved Manchester United together.

Adam is a keen sportsman and hopes to play Gaelic football for Round Towers and soccer for Boot Road Celtic.

He said that he hopes to play for Dublin when he is older and would also love to become a carer.

“I’d love to either be a carer or just take care of people and help them.”

When he’s feeling up to it, Pat will come and watch Adam play football.

“Sometimes my dad comes to my matches or I bring him out to get his haircut,” said Adam.

“He’s in a mobility scooter at the moment so it’s easier to get around.”

Family friends raised money to buy the mobility scooter and Elaine said that she is very grateful to them for their help.

She also thanked Padraig McGrath and Catherine Cox from Family Carers Ireland, who helped facilitate a move that made the family’s life easier.

“We have since moved from a council house in Kilmahuddrick and we’ve moved to a medical priority house which is actually able to give Pat more freedom and Adam as well because we’re down near the village.”

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