Bringing our services to people during lockdown.

Irish Wheelchair Association aims to provide the maximum level of services, while following the advice and guidance outlined by the HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) during the Covid-19 pandemic. To achieve this goal, Irish Wheelchair Association has adopted a ‘Bringing Services to the Person’ approach for January 2021, the details of which are below.

Day Services:

Day Services will continue to be provided on a community outreach and in-home basis, including:

  • Zoom/Team interaction for activities, quizzes, socialisation and classes.
  • Essential personal care supports.
  • Phone contact with each day service attendee to address individual needs and requirements.
  • Delivery of activity packs which contain news, COVID-19 updates, articles of interest and many other relevant sections.
  • Delivery of groceries and medications as required.

Full details are available from your local IWA Service Coordinator/ Manager.


Assisted Living Services:

Essential assisted living services will continue to the maximum extent possible, with people continuing to receive personal assistant support.

Full details are available from your local IWA Service Coordinator/Manager.


Hotel Holiday and Respite Services:

The Hotel Holiday Respite Service does not operate in January. Where emergency respite is required, this will be facilitated through Irish Wheelchair Association’s Carmel Fallon Respite Centre (subject to available capacity) or via the in-home respite service.

Full details are available from your local IWA Service Coordinator/Manager.


School Leavers Service:

The School Leavers Service will continue to be provided on an outreach basis within Irish Wheelchair Association’s Day Services.

Full details are available from your local IWA Service Coordinator/Manager.


Sports:

Sports programmes will continue to be provided on a community outreach basis including:

  • The Staying Active Programmes will be delivered online and will comprise of exercise activities, quizzes, socialisation, education and training opportunities.
  • Email and phone contact with sports club committees and members will be maintained throughout period.
  • Delivery of activity packs which contain news, COVID-19 updates, articles of interest and many other relevant sections.

Full details are available from the Sports Development Officer team.


Other Services:

  • Emergency Services: Irish Wheelchair Association has a number of emergency responses, which can be deployed through local service coordinators, including emergency respite, in-home respite and one-to-one tailored service supports. These emergency responses are designed to ensure that all required responses can be met by Irish Wheelchair Association services
  • Driving Services: In line with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) guidance in relation to level 5 restrictions IWA has ceased providing driving tuition services. We have confirmation from the RSA that we can continue to provide prioritised assessments for clients to return or to continue to drive.

Full details are available from your local IWA Service Coordinator/Manager.

People are at the heart of everything that we do and that is enshrined in all of our values. Find out more about our range of services and supports for people with physical disabilities.