[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A woman from Harold’s Cross has been named as South Dublin CarePlus Carer of the Year for 2018, after caring for her husband for almost a decade.
Nicola Burke was the sole carer for her husband Robert, who was terminally ill with cancer and liver disease, and was also a diabetic. He was bed bound for the last year and a half of his life and required a high level of care.
She received home help for an hour a day, 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. The couple never received respite in the seven years that Robert required care.
When Robert was admitted to hospital, Nicola visited him every day for six hours to make sure that his needs were met. Recently, Robert sadly passed away.
According to the Central Statistics Office Irish Health Survey, Family Carers across Ireland save the state a staggering €10 billion each year. Today 1 in 10 people provide care for a loved one in the home.
Each year Family Carers Ireland recognise Carers for their remarkable hard work and dedication in caring for their loved ones through these national awards.
Catherine Cox, head of communications and carer engagement at Family Carers Ireland said: “We are delighted to recognise and celebrate Carers in every county of Ireland for their trojan work as Family Carers.
“A huge congratulations to Nicola who is now the South Dublin CarePlus Carer of the Year 2018.
“Family Carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work very hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for their loved ones, safely, in their own homes.
“With limited access to services and particularly respite, carers are over stretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work with three quarters receiving no payment from the State.”
Niamh Lynch, Commercial Director of CarePlus Pharmacy said: “Carers are the heart of every community and our pharmacy owners and staff meet them every day.
“We are enjoying working closely with Family Carers Ireland and supporting the awards.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3”][/vc_column][/vc_row]