Families welcome improved respite service

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement AFTER a near year-long campaign, respite facilities in Limerick have been returned to their former capacity.  Additional services are also being provided. Families affected by the cuts implemented last June, which resulted in a reduction of over 50% in respite services, received letters from Bawnmore this week confirming that the facility would be fully restored for the remainder of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Delighted with the development Sarah Hurley, a lead figure in the campaign to restore respite in Limerick, and in her late 70s, has cared for her son, John, 38 who suffers from Down Syndrome, at home all of his life.  “The service had been cut to three days per month, but has now been restored to one week per month, along with an additional week during the summer,” she told the Limerick PostShe believes that a meeting held with the new Minister for Disability Kathleen Lynch in recent months was key to the restoration.“She realised how badly the service was needed and how much money parents who use respite are saving the State, by caring for their children at home.- I’m very relieved as the cuts should never have happened.“I’m optimistic that we will have full respite in the future and I’m looking forward to my first week-long break shortly and John is also looking forward to seeing all his friends at the house.”.Owen South has also been a key figure in the  campaign for restoration of respite.“It will actually be better than it was, as there will be an extra week respite in the summer and emergency cover, which wasn’t there before, if a parent falls ill.“We were very optimistic after meeting with Minister Kathleen Lynch, that she would put her words into actions and the full funding appears to have been restored. It’s been a long campaign but we had to stick to it as this was a basic right that was taken away”.Both Ms. Hurley and Mr. South praised the efforts of deputies Kieran O’Donnell and Jan O’Sullivan, the local HSE and Norma Bagge of the Brothers of Charity.Deputy O’Sullivan expressed her delight at the outcome.“Over 60 families were directly affected by the recent cuts in funding, resulting in their campaigning publicly for funding and support.“The Brothers of Charity provide a first class service in Limerick, and the anger expressed by people all over the city was clearly evident following the closure of the respite service –  it is wonderful to have it restored.” Twitter Printcenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsFamilies welcome improved respite serviceBy admin – May 19, 2011 541 Email Previous articleGarda ombudsman to investigate Punches Cross collisionNext articleMoney scams rampant in Limerick adminlast_img read more

Women’s soccer hoping to stay unbeaten

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team has spent three weeks away from home and, during that time, things could not have gone much better – winning three games and tying one as they traveled across the country from Connecticut to Illinois to Oregon.Now Wisconsin (3-0-1) will finally return to the home pitch for a much-anticipated matchup with Vanderbilt. Not only will the game against the Commodores (1-2-1) serve as the home opener for Wisconsin, but it will also be the fifth annual PAC the MAC with one dollar tickets available for anyone at the door.After starting the season unranked, the Badgers have climbed to the No. 23 spot in the national rankings due to what is currently a four-game unbeaten streak. Following a 5-1 exhibition win at home over then-No. 15 Marquette, Wisconsin won three games in a row before settling for a 1-1 double overtime tie with Oregon State this past Sunday in the second of two games on the West Coast.Following Tuesday’s practice, senior midfielder Alev Kelter offered her thoughts on the second road trip of the season, which also featured a 2-1 win against Oregon last Friday night.“I thought it was a very successful couple games, and we played well as a team. And we came back from being down and showed that our team can push through adversity. We are strong together and we are going to continue to get better each day,” Kelter said.“I’m happy that they’re not satisfied with the tie and I think playing against good Pac-12 teams is a good thing to teach us what we need to be able to do and how to manage games a little bit differently than we did,” head coach Paula Wilkins said.As for Friday’s game, Wisconsin will most likely go with much of the same lineup, although there is the possibility for a few changes as Wilkins pointed out.“There’s going to be a little bit more of a competition for some stuff,” Wilkins said, making reference to the fact the Badgers will be without junior midfielder Kodee Williams who has to sit out due to a red card from Sunday’s game against Oregon State. Wilkins also noted a few players are injured, which could also play a role in the competition for starting spots, although she did not specify who, if anyone, would be sitting out due to injury.Regardless of the Badgers’ starting lineup come Friday, Wilkins outlined what she hopes to see from her squad against the Commodores.“I think we need to be more dangerous in the final third for sure. I think we’ve possessed the ball there but we haven’t been so dangerous, and so that’s going to be one of our focuses in the next two days,” Wilkins said of the Badgers offense, which has averaged a very respectable 2.5 goals per game.Vanderbilt, on the other hand, which came into this season after a 5-10-5 mark last season, has been off to a much slower start this year than the Badgers. The Commodores lost their first game of the season to UAB and in their last three matches, have tied, won and lost, in that order, with the victory coming against Memphis.In its four regular season games, Vanderbilt has yet to score more than two goals, though they have also yet to be held scoreless. However, according to UW assistant coach Tim Rosenfeld, Vanderbilt is a much better team than its record indicates and despite its lack of offensive success so far, it is one of the better attacking teams that Wisconsin will see in the non-conference season.Whether that holds to be true remains to be seen, but as Wisconsin’s leading scorer Cara Walls alluded to, there will undoubtedly be a very entertaining and physical game for those in attendance at PAC the MAC Friday evening.“I think we’re just hard,” Walls, who has scored five goals already this season, said. “We go down a goal and we know that we can come back. Physically, we’re hard. When the other team turns, there’s always someone there smacking a girl on her ass and teams don’t want to play against that. It’s fun to be on a team like that.”last_img read more

Cooking Class Held at Senior Citizens Center to Make Microwaving Meals Easy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisCooking as a senior or just for anyone can be a headache sometimes. That’s why Pampered Chef, Jess Krawczak by the Alpena Senior Citizens Center once a month to show quick techniques seniors can use for healthy meals, that are convenient for seniors.The center already offers lunch and dinner, but what about the most important meal of the day, breakfast. A lot of times seniors will miss out on breakfast because of all of the activities it comes with to prep a meal.When it comes to cooking as a senior a lot of injuries can happen, that’s why safety is key. With the use of microwaves, seniors don’t have to worry about turning on an oven, which could lead to a fire if they forget to turn it off.Krawczak also talked about using oil alternatives to remain heart healthy. Another key factoring demonstrated during the cooking class was sodium intake. Krawczak said natural flavor was key instead of using a saltshaker.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Cooking Class, Eat Healthy, senior livingContinue ReadingPrevious ‘All Aboard’ Fundraiser Ready, and Set to Go!Next H.U.N.T. Series Part 2: Reporter, Star Connor Journeys US-23 for One Man’s Meth Cases That Expands 2 Countieslast_img read more