This includes carers of people with dementia, the majority of whom live at home in their own communities and for whom carers are the cornerstone of their care. The Strategy is a Cross-Departmental Strategy. It sets out guiding principles, goals and objectives addressing priority areas (income support, health, information, respite, housing, transport, training, employment, children and young people with caring responsibilities) and a Roadmap for Implementation containing 42 Actions to be achieved on a cost-neutral basis in the short to medium term.
The four goals of the National Carers’ Strategy are to:
Recognise the value and contribution of carers and promote their inclusion in decisions relating to the person that they are caring for
Support carers to manage their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being
Support carers to care with confidence through the provision of adequate information, training, services and supports
Empower carers to participate as fully as possible in economic and social life
The implementation of the National Carer’s Strategy is reported in progress reports. The First Annual Progress Report (September 2012 – September 2013) can be accessed here.
The Second Progress Report (September 2013-September 2014 can be accessed here.
The Third Progress Report (September 2014-September 2015) can be accessed here.
The Fourth Progress Report (September 2015-December 2016) can be accessed here.