Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has called on the Scottish Government to support the creation of respite facilities geared towards disabled young adults and their carers.
Ms McTaggart made her plea during Jackie Baillie MSPs Members Business Debate at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 8th October which highlighted the significant absence of suitable hospice and respite facilities for young disabled adults across Scotland. This follows a Petition lodged by Robert Watson on behalf of CHAS Young Adult Council which calls on the Scottish Government to work with charities to help create suitable respite facilities to support younger disabled adults aged between 21 and 45 with life shortening conditions.
As a member of the Public Petitions Committee, Ms McTaggart has been involved in the progress of the petition and has heard evidence on the need of these facilities for both carers and younger adults.
Ms McTaggart said “I was delighted to be able to take part in this debate. We as a Country owe a huge debt to the hard work and devotion of carers so we must do everything in our power to find solutions to problems that they face.
From my work in the Public Petitions Committee I can see that there is a gap in the respite available for younger adults. That is a huge concern for me and many of my constituents in Glasgow.
Carers and those who receive care need breaks from the routine and this should be a positive experience for both. Respite is a chance for them to relax, recharge their batteries, and generally take a break. Likewise, for the young adults, respite care allows for a change from the everyday.
The positive effects of respite care should not be restricted to families of those who are under 21 and over 45 therefore I hope that the Scottish Government will concentrate its efforts to working with charities, hospices, and care providers in order to coordinate resources and create a solution to this gap for young adults with disabilities.”
You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.
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You can watch Ms McTaggart’s speech from 24.44 on the link below: