A half a million euro investment will lead to a reform in the respite service to families who care for their elderly relatives at their homes.
Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing, Anthony Agius Decelis, said that the respite service investment will be more flexible to alleviate the suffering of families who take care of their elderly relatives.
Mr Agius Decelis stated that the reform was launched in October with increased services so that a person who looks after an elderly relative at home, may benefit from a day in a week of a free carer or two half days a week. He said that this means that the Government is providing 504 hours of free carer services a year to families who need the service.
The Parliamentary Secretary added that more families are using the respite service, with the number increasing from 228 to 283 families.