Respite Service Opens its doors in Balbriggan for Dublin, Meath & Louth

April 12, 2018 0

The Talbot Group opened its Adult Respite Service on the 9th of April for young adults who have an intellectual disability and or autism and who may also have other complex needs. CEO Ms Laverne McGuinness said, “The Talbot Group is delighted to work in partnership with the HSE to deliver a much needed respite service to meet the needs of families in Dublin City and County and Co Meath and Co Louth.”

The service is provided in Bower House which is on the coastline in Balbriggan and will operate 363 days a year offering the potential for 2,178 respite bed nights. This service will allow families and service users to have regular planned breaks which will help sustain families to continue their very important role in providing care and support to their family member in their own home.

Ms Jacinta Walsh has been a long standing and very active campaigner in seeking a respite service for her son Sam and for other young adults with autism. Jacinta and her son Sam featured on RTE’s Primetime where the need for respite service was clearly articulated.

“I am delighted that this respite service is now available not only for my son Sam but for all the families who badly need it. I would like to thank all the public representatives who advocated for this service, Minister Finian McGrath and the HSE. I would also like to thank the Talbot Group and to wish them every success with the service.”

Ms Patricia Whelehan General Manager from the HSE said that “the HSE is eager to provide better support services to people with disabilities and their families and very much welcomes the opening of this new respite service in Bower House.”