HSE provides and funds a range of services for people with disabiltiies and their carers. These services include basic health services as well as assessment, rehabilitation, income maintenance, community care and residential care respite, home care and day care. Some services are provided directly by the HSE. Community, residential and rehabilitative training services are provided by voluntary organisations with grant aid from the HSE.
People with disabilities are entitled to avail of the range of community care services. In many cases, they have priority in access to the services. The relevant community care services may include: public health nurse, home help, personal assistance, psychological services, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social work services, physiotherapy, day care and respite.
The early intervention team is for children, aged 0-6 years, and their families who have complex developmental needs. Depending on your locality, early intervetion is availble for children aged 0-5 years as these ares would have a school age team in place. Please refer to your local primary care team for further information. The team comprises of an occupational therapist, clinical or educational psychologist, physiotherapist, social worker and speech and language therapist.
A family carer is described as someone who is providing an ongoing significant level of care to a person who is in need of care in the home due to illness or disability or frailty. The care that family and other carers provide involves looking after the needs of people with a wide range of dependencies across all age groups.
Respite services are provided by the HSE, funded service providers and contracted private providers. Respite is provided to people with disabilities through overnight, short term or holiday stays in an approved centre. Alternative and innovate respite services are also being provided and include Home Sharing, Saturday Club and extended day services.