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Age Action is Calling on the Minister for Health and the HSE to Ensure the Protection of Persons with a Disability Living in Large Congregated Settings

Published 29/03/2020

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(29 March) Age Action today called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure that the HSE take immediate and urgent measures to protect persons with a disability living in large congregated settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 clusters were reported in 3 residential settings and 17 nursing homes which accounts for 22% of the total number of COVID-19 clusters /outbreaks in Ireland according to data prepared by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre for NPHET on 28/03/20.

 ‘With the curtailment of HIQA inspections and family visits during the crisis and the severe shortage of protective equipment, Age Action is concerned that these centres are also prioritised at this time. Age Action is calling on the Minister for Health and the HSE to ensure that these settings get the appropriate supports and protective equipment they need and that family members are informed of the measures being taken’ said Paddy Connolly, CEO Age Action.

‘Large congregated settings have been tolerated for too long in Ireland and should have been de-congregated years ago. The group nature, shared eating areas and campus-type setting means those living in them are at grave risk from COVID-19’ said Paddy Connolly, CEO, Age Action.

 

According to HIQA, there are 2,900 people with a disability living in congregated settings the many of whom are older. The HSE, reported that there were 732 people over the age of 60 living in a congregated setting in 2018, of those 262 were over the age of 70. Congregated settings are out-dated group living arrangements which have been earmarked for de-institutionalisation.

 

Reflecting on the vulnerability of people who are the most marginalised in society Connolly said ‘It is the most de-valued members of our community who inevitably will suffer the most in this crisis. Those who have no stable home, sleep rough and live in unsuitable accommodation where protective measures are harder to implement’.

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Age Action Nominated as Finalists for the Good Governance Awards

Age Action were notified yesterday that they have been shortlisted as finalists in Category 4 of the Good Governance Awards. 

The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The award focuses on annual reports, examining how they demonstrate adherence to good governance. Category 4 is for organisations with an annual turnover of over €1 million and under €5 million. 

We are very proud to be recognised for the work that we do. Congratulations to our entire team at Age Action and to our fellow nominees; we're looking forward to the Awards on November 17th.

The other shortlisted organisations in Category 4 include BeLonG To Youth Services, Irish Hospice Foundation, The Ark, Dublin and The Care Trust

See Here for our Annual Report 2021 that was nominated.