It was a whirlwind day. After the usual 2 hours of getting up with some stretches and standing, followed by breakfast, Pádraig met a new therapist who discussed with us her ideas of how to enable Pádraig to communicate better. Stuff around assistive technology. Quick visit to Beaumont’s eye clinic. Lunch. Swimming in Sandymount. Short rest. Some visitors. Dinner watching the news. Action Pádraig really enjoys.

Thank you for your opinions and advice about last night’s posts.

The incredible truth is that home care is not regulated in Ireland and carers are not required to have experience or qualifications (although many excellent carers do have both). Another incredible truth is that the Department of Health says that home care packages include home help and therapies – different and in addition to that supplied by the clinics in the community.

Virtually no-one seems to know about this.