HRB In Warning On Residential Care Queue

The queue of people with intellectual disabilities for full-time residential care is longer than at any time in the last five years, according to figures from Ireland’s Health Research Board. But the number receiving such care is also at an all-time high. The HRB figures put the waiting-list at 2,118, while 8,181 people are receiving full-time residential services.

The HRB acknowledges that there has been significant investment in all intellectual disability services.

But Caraíosa Kelly, a co-author of the report, has warned that if the demand for residential services continues to rise at the current rate, only a proportion of the existing and emerging need in this area will be addressed.