service for carers
A free counselling service
has been launched aimed at providing coping skills and
vital information to people who are caring for the
estimated 2,000 stroke survivors living in Donegal.
The Irish Heart Foundation encourages people in
Inishowen to apply for this six-week service which gives
them the ability to look after themselves and the
strength to deal effectively with their loved one’s
The free programme includes up to six, one-hour sessions
giving participants an opportunity to share worries and
frustrations in a confidential manner and learn
practical tools to help them cope as a carer.
“Becoming a carer for
someone who has survived a stroke, is a huge undertaking
physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Tracy Egan,
Patient Support Manager, Irish Heart Foundation.
“When people are affected by stroke the new regime can
be totally overwhelming for those caring for them. It is
important that carers take care of their own mental and
physical health so that they can have a reasonable
quality of life, provide the care their loved ones need
and cope with the demands of life as a carer.”
The Irish Heart Foundation has urged people in Inishowen
caring for stroke survivors to apply for this free
counselling service by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01 668 5001.