The Rosalie Unit, Castlerea, will open to new admissions in the future.
According to a letter received by Minister Denis Naughten from Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, the commitment to maintaining 15 beds at the unit given by the government in 2015, will be maintained.
Minister Daly says that he will now begin a process, which will include political representatives, on finalising the long term use of the centre.
Clinical assessments which could have resulted in some of the current residents with alzheimers and dementia being moved to other facilities has been halted while this is being decided, and all future decisions about residents will be made with input from staff, families, or independent advocates of residents and will also take into account their social needs.
Minister Naughten told today’s Let’s Talk that the Rosalie unit will continue to provide accommodation for older people into the future, it’s exact role though within the area has yet to be determined:
Shannonside FM news is awaiting a response from the HSE on the contents of the letter issued to Minister Naughten.