Covid-19 Information for children, adults and families attending services | Enable Ireland

Covid-19 Information

For the latest information on Coronavirus and advice on how to keep you and your family safe please visit the HSE’s Coronavirus page.

Covid-19 Information for children, adults and families attending services

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During this period, Enable Ireland will continue to support the people who need our services. We will provide essential residential, respite and community living services in a way that is safe for all. We will focus our resources on supporting service users with different models of service delivery in line with public health guidance. Enable Ireland staff will work with our colleagues in the HSE to respond to the COVID 19 crisis in any way we can.

You can find resources from Enable Ireland therapists to help you support your child during the Covid-19 pandemic here.

Your local Enable Ireland service contact will be in touch with you regarding changes to your service. If you have a specific query or concern regarding your services please contact your local centre. You can find all centre contact details here. 

In the public interest of safety for all, we have taken the decision to close all Enable Ireland charity shops, effective immediately until further notice. The safety of our staff and customers is our highest priority and we will continue to monitor and review the situation during this period.

We will continue to collect donations from our clothing banks around the country. We have postponed all fundraising events and campaigns during this crisis. As a charity, now more than ever we rely on the generosity of the public to continue to support our services. You can find your nearest clothing bank here or make an online donation here.

Please continue to check our website for important updates to services.

It is really important that we all continue to follow the safety advice from the HSE regarding handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquette and social distancing. For the latest information on Coronavirus and advice on how to keep you and your family safe please visit the HSE’s Coronavirus page.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow HSE guidance and take appropriate action as required. 

We thank you for your continued cooperation on this matter.

What to do if you or your child is feeling unwell

Please do not present to your Enable Ireland service if you are feeling unwell or if any of the following information applies to you.
Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days and has symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) should:

•    isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room, with a phone
•    phone their GP, or emergency department - if this is not possible, phone 112, or 999
•    in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999

Close contact means either:

•    face-to-face contact
•    spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an infected person

Follow the advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus

Symptoms of coronavirus

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:
•    a cough
•    shortness of breath
•    breathing difficulties
•    fever (high temperature)

If you have these symptoms and have been in an affected area or in contact with a confirmed case, please follow the advice from the HSE