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Talk on new Fair Deal legislation in Killarney next Tuesday

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What do you know about the Fair Deal Assisted Decision-making Capacity Act?

This new legislation which finally enacted last April.

It is aim is to provide a fair deal for our elderly who may not be able to look after themselves as they get older, through age or illness.

Hearbeat Killarney has invited Patrick Barrett Barrister-in-La to explain what all this means from a legal point of view.

The purpose of Mr Barrett’s discussion is to promote an understanding of the new legislation.

The Assisted Decision-making Capacity Act is designed to replace the outdated mechanisms for assisted decision making and wardship.

The Act itself sets out various safeguards for those who have capacity, who fear they will lose capacity, and those who have no capacity whatsoever to govern their own affairs.

For those worried about how to manage their personal affairs (such a finances, health, or living arrangements) or those of loved ones when faced with an ability to make decisions, the subject matter will be informative.

This law is about rights, and taking every possible step to assist people to continue making their own decisions about their health, finances, housing, work or personal welfare even if challenges are to be faced in doing so. This Act is of great importance for people with frailty, - dementia – an acquired brain injury – or mental illness. It could however be very important to all of us at certain times in our lives.

If both parents are alive, get them to dissolve any joint bank account and set up separate ones, with pension payments and any allowances going into the respective account. Any Care Package fees can be taken from the correct account, allowing the dementia patient to be means-tested more effectively.

Five key points will be discussed
If one parent is acting as carer, set up a standing order to pay a sum [exactly half of what is going into the other account] from one account into the other to cover h/hold bills so that the carer has enough money to manage their own life.
Ask a solicitor to arrange for TWO enduring power of attorney (EPA) certificates [a rough cost estimate is €500 for both ] to cover finance and health. This can only be set up while the parent “has mental capacity” so sooner is better than later. It enables one parent to make decisions on the others behalf. ** (see note at end)
Ask parent to set out their wishes with regard to care; will they be okay with going into a care home if needs be? Also cover funeral wishes and end of life care. Get all these answers typed up – make sure they understand it and date it and ask them to sign it. This brings clarity to their wishes while still of sound mind.
Talk about a PEACE PLAN = proactive enhanced advanced care. This is an anticipatory end-of-life care plan for those with dementia who no longer have capacity to make those kind of decisions for themselves. It helps care professionals deliver the care your parent wants in the last phases of life.
5 Check whether any household accounts eg broadband / utilities are in the affected person’s name and change them [this may require the householder’s signature]

The talk will take place at the Parish Hall on Park Road at 9pm on July 25.

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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