In February 2023, MyLife officially opened Anam Chara – a four-bed state-of-the-art building just off the Carrick Road in Dundalk which supports adults to experience a home from home respite stay.

Anam Chara, which was opened by Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte TD, provides a new service for Meath and replaces the Louth respite service previously located in Sruthán House, which ceased operation in 2019.

Physical and sensory disabilities may include conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, stroke, kidney disease, acquired brain injury (through an accident or illness), hearing impairment and visual impairment, as well as a wide range of chronic health conditions.

We caught up with one of our Anam Chara staff – Meagan Gibbs – and she told us all what she does at MyLife and why she finds her work with us so rewarding.

“I find it so rewarding and I get to meet different people every week and you create bonds with these people and create friendships that you’re going to have for a long time.”

Meagan has been with us for 12 months and she works as a healthcare assistant.

She explains that her work allows her to build relationships and bonds with our residents that last.

Meagan adds: “It’s just really rewarding to see the job that you’re doing every day really does make a difference to people’s lives.”

Watch our video interview below: