FEARS over impending cuts are causing ‘absolute terror’ among those caring for elderly and ill loved ones, according to the Dundalk branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.
The effects of cuts to carers allowances emerged after a recent ‘Primetime’ investigation exposed the reality of life for those who are caring for relatives and loved ones.
‘Dementia and Alzheimer’s are the most difficult illnesses that can hit any family,’ said Mary Gaughran, Dundalk branch of Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.
‘Whether it’s a spouse taking care of their husband or wife, or a child having to care for a parent, the relationship disappears with their loved one. Families talk of ‘losing’ the person once the illness takes hold.’
She added that the financial burden of being a carer is ‘enormous’ and can often lead to them having to give up employment to be a full time carer.