Local mother pleads with the HSE for residential care for her son

By Mary Dennehy

A LOCAL mother is pleading with the HSE for residential care for her son, who, at risk in his own home due to a severe intellectual disability, has been waiting nearly three years for an available bed.

Debbie Brady’s son Ryan (21) has a severe intellectual disability that has resulted in the young adult, who is non-verbal, being highly frustrated and, at times, aggressive in his family home – which causes him to lash out at his parents and his two younger brothers.

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Debbie and her husband Alan, who believe more investment needs to be made into the provision of residential care beds,  provide round-the-clock care for Ryan who, incontinent, needs support with everyday tasks such as washing and feeding.

Ryan is linked in with St John of God services in Tallaght and Islandbridge, with the family receiving one or two nights respite per week – despite Debbie applying for fulltime residential care nearly three years ago.

Debbie, who lives in Lucan, told The Echo: “When Ryan is feeling good, he’s a brilliant lad, but he can get so irritable and frustrated, which sometimes results in him getting aggressive and attacking myself or his dad or brothers.

“We do our very best for Ryan and it’s hard for us as parents to ask for residential care for our son – it’s not what we wanted, but it’s in Ryan’s best interest.

“Ryan’s a strong, six-foot-tall lad and his mood swings are getting harder and harder to manage.

“He’s frustrated in the house, he’s not comfortable, and I’m worried for his health and safety and the health and safety of the rest of the family.

“It’s a very stressful situation to be in.”

According to Debbie, Ryan was moved to an adult service when he turned 18, which drastically impacted on the level of respite he was offered.

“There seems to be a lack of residential beds for adults or else the demand is higher, but some weeks we get one night’s respite and others we get two,” Debbie said.

“This week we were offered none.”

She added: “I’ve been fighting with the HSE for the past three years to get Ryan into residential care, but nobody is listening.

“St John of God’s do what they can, but they’re stretched to the limit and its time that the HSE stepped up and supported families that are at risk.

“I feel like we have been forgotten about.”

The Brady family’s story follows on from last week’s article with Tallaght mother Irene McKim, whose daughter Megan (21) was sent to a residential home in Portlaoise due to “a lack of beds” in Dublin for people with intellectual disabilities.

Megan became very unsettled in Portlaoise and last week was brought home to Tallaght by her mother Irene – who was unable to visit her daughter and settle her when required due to the location of the care home.

The Echo put a number of questions to the HSE concerning services in Dublin South West.

However a response was not received.

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