On Saturday, 24th June, we held our National Carers Day at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise. The event was organised by our ‘On With Life’ team, which offers support and guidance to anyone caring for a loved one with an acquired brain injury. Carers travelled from every county to gain more insight into acquired brain injury and self-care and to link in with other carers. It was an emotional day for many. Step Ahead Plus, CreATe (our new Assistive Technology service) and Family Carers Ireland all had information stands on the day and spoke to many of the carers in attendance.
An important discovery arose from National Carers Day, where it was evident that a majority of the carers at the event do not prioritise their own needs and their own self-care.