Minister for Disability, Anne Rabbitte T.D. has today announced that adult day services for people with disabilities will return to full capacity by October 22in line with line with our COVID 19 response ‘Reframing the Challenge’ roadmap for the lifting of restrictions.
Day service providers have been requested to develop their individual day service location roadmaps to increase the level of day service provision to 100% restoration for each day service user by October 22nd. This builds on the average quantum of service provided from last September at 40% (equivalent to 2 days a week) which rose to 60% from January 2021.
Minister Rabbitte said:
I am very pleased to announce that HSE funded disability day services will fully resume by October 22nd. We are able to take these steps because our overall strategy is working and it is now safe for day services to increase capacity. I know how much this means to every person who can now look forward to enjoying normal times with friends and spending time doing what they enjoy again. I want to thank families and carers for the support they have given their loved ones throughout this very difficult period.
I also wish to thank the staff of day service providers for their dedication and commitment in providing support to people with disabilities. There are many unsung heroes in disability services, and I want to assure them that I have seen the huge efforts made to ensure that life has been as normal as possible for some of the most vulnerable in our society.
and she concluded:
Infection prevention and control measures that have been introduced to support the safe delivery of adult disability day services since the onset of COVID 19 will remain in place after October 22nd
These arrangements include risk assessments, enhanced environmental hygiene, and pod like arrangements in day service locations. Mask wearing will remain in place in day services, except for those who are exempt from wearing a face covering.