April 22, 2024

Free counselling offered to carers of Kilkenny’s stroke victims

A free counselling service has been launched aimed at providing coping skills and vital information to people who are caring for the estimated 1,200 stroke survivors living in Kilkenny.

The Irish Heart Foundation has urged people to apply immediately for the six-week service which gives them the ability to look after themselves and the strength to deal effectively with their loved one’s care.

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,” Mr Egan added.

The free counselling supports are being made available to carers of people affected by stroke by the Irish Heart Foundation thanks to funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

To avail of the free counselling, email carers@irishheart.ie or contact the Irish Heart Foundation on 01 668 5001.

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