The HSE has confirmed that Seaview Respite house in Mountcharles Donegal is only operating on a three night basis due to staff shortages.
It follows reports last week families who use the centre were struggling due to a lack of resources.
The centre provides respite for children and adults with an Intellectual Disability and or Autism on a rotational basis for South West Donegal area.
It’s understood that over to 100 families in the county avail of the services there.
In a statement today, the HSE has apologised for the curtailment of respite services at Seaview House over the last few months, which has occurred as a result of staff shortages due to illness leave and retirement.
They are continuing to work with colleagues in the National Recruitment Service to try to recruit and replace staff in as timely a manner as possible.
The HSE wish to confirm that One Health Care Assistant commenced on 2nd of October and other Health Care Assistant appointments are in process.
Currently the service can only operate on a three night basis, which nights it is open will vary depending on the requests received.
The HSE is aware of the importance of this service for families in South Donegal and of the difficulties that this situation has caused for everyone involved.
They remain committed to ensuring that the respite service resumes on a full time basis as soon as all the staffing vacancies are filled.