Wexford Disability Services (WDS) provides Personal Assistants (PA) to work with persons who have a physical and /or sensory disability in order that the person with a P&S disability may live at home independently and not in a residential institution.
WDS ensures that the P.A. chosen to work with the service-user is suitably qualified to do the work required and that the P.A. has been Garda-vetted and reference-checked.
Access to Service
The ethos of Wexford Disability Services (WDS) is to provide Independent Living to persons with physical and/or sensory disabilities (service-users) through the provision of a Personal Assistant (PA) service.
Admissions to the services of WDS are solely based on the clinical assessment of the Disability Liaison Nurse based in the Local Health Office, HSE Disability Services. A specific care-plan will be devised for each individual service-user based on the clinical assessment of the Disability Liaison Nurse.
WDS does not discriminate on the grounds of gender or age. However, WDS is cognisant of HSE policy with regard to the over 65s and will take direction from the Local Health Office in this regard. The Local Health Office works with a range of voluntary services in the area to provide care, training and development for children and adults with learning or physical disability. The Local Health Office is also the contact point for information regarding allowances such as Domiciliary Care Allowance, Mobility Allowance, and Motorised Transport Grants. Tel: (053) 9243292.
In line with National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare, the organisation observes and implements to the best of its ability Standard 1.1:
- Service-user’s needs are assessed by the LHO.
- Service manager designs and delivers service in line with the service-users expressed needs.
- The service-user is involved in the planning and design of their own service.
- Service is delivered at a time suitable to the service-user.
- Service responds to the changing needs of the service-user.
- Care is co-ordinated with the Disability Liaison Nurse.
- Service-users are surveyed annually.
- Services are evaluated by the Board of Directors.
Discharge from Service
Discharge from the service will be at the discretion of the Disability Liaison Nurse and or of the service-users wish to move to another service provider. In addition, discharge from the service may also occur if WDS is unable to deliver the service due to operational constraints such as staffing levels etc. in this instance the service will be moved to another service provider.