RehabCare’s Respite Services

RehabCare’s centre-based respite care services provide adults and children with disabilities with the opportunity to take a holiday while at the same time providing the families/carers with a break from full-time caring. Respite services offer the opportunity to identify needs early and to build planned and well-informed longer-term services and support around a person.

Our mission is to enable those who use our service to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in their communities. We will do this by offering a range of services and support of the highest quality, in line with the needs and wishes of the service users and in active partnership with them.

What is a respite service?
A respite service is critical in helping individuals remain in their family home for as long as possible. The philosophy of our centre-based services is to provide a home-from-home setting, making it an enjoyable and relaxed time for the individual in an environment where the family can be confident that their family member’s needs are being met.

Aim of the respite service

  • To provide a break for families from providing continual care and assistance to Children and Adults with Disabilities.
  • To contribute to the personal and social development of individuals through the provision of positive and constructive support.
  • To promote and facilitate inclusion and participation in mainstream community based activities, clubs, and social and recreational projects.

How do I access RehabCare’s Respite services?

In order to receive support from RehabCare, we require a referral from the HSE. Please contact your local HSE Health centre or Public Health Nurse to arrange an assessment.

Opening of RehabCare Regional Respite and Residential service in Carrowglar, Co Clare

Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD recently opened a regional respite and residential service in Co. Clare, which will offer up to 1,200 respite bed night opportunities for adults and children with severe and profound disabilities in the Mid-West region.

Carrowgar, based in Clarecastle, Co Clare, is run by RehabCare, the care division of the Rehab Group. It will offer residential respite for children with complex care needs and disabilities. This service will support people with severe/profound learning difficulties, accompanying physical disabilities, complex medical and healthcare needs, and who may have additional sensory impairments. The HSE Mid-West funds this new service to provide much-needed respite breaks for children and families responding to need across the catchment area from Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary.

thumbnail Rehab Group CEO Barry McGinn Rehab Group Director of Care Grainne Fogarty with members of RehabCare staff at the official opening of RehabCare Carrowgar Respite centre on 28th October 2022

Maria Goretti Children’s Respite Service, Dundalk

Providing a holistic service, supporting both child and family, in a home from home environment for children, male and female, with Autism, intellectual disability or physical and sensory disabilities. The children, who currently range in age from 6-18yrs, are referred to the service by the Louth HSE Respite Referral Team. The service currently provides respite care for up to 12 children each week. The service follows the social model of service provision with minimal nursing intervention.