The provision of €1.97 million for a 'major refurbishment project' at Ofalia House Community Nursing Unit in Edenderry will make 'a significant difference' for elderly people in the Edenderry and North Offaly area.
By Damian Moran
€550,000 in funding has also been announced for refurbishment at Riada House Community Nursing Unit in Tullamore.
That's according to Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who said she was delighted that Minister Kathleen Lynch has made these announcement for Edenderry and Tullamore
She added, “I know that this funding will be warmly welcomed by the extremely hardworking and dedicated staff in Ofalia House, and also the many families around the North Offaly area who rely on this wonderful facility.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy also welcomed the funding for Riada House praising the extremely hardworking and dedicated staff while stating the the investment would be welcomed also by the many families around the wider catchment area who rely on the wonderful facility
“This very significant investment reflects the Government’s determination to maintain the current numbers of public nursing home beds and to ensure all public nursing homes will be compliant with HIQA standards by 2021,” remarked Deputy Corcoran Kennedy who added that the funding announcement is part of planned national investment for 90 centres, which between them have 4,723 beds, between now and 2021.
This includes the replacement of 33 existing facilities and refurbishment or extension of 57 others. This programme of investment expects to deliver 215 additional beds.
The Nursing Home progamme nationwide is made up of €148 million in the current HSE capital plan and a further €237 million from the Capital Investment Plan. Ten facilities worth €150 million are also being funded by public private partnerships (PPP).
“While the vast majority of residents in Nursing Homes in Offaly receive an excellent quality of care, some of the facilities are unfortunately not up to date. This funding will ensure that the best facilities are available for residents and their families in the future,” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.
“We will continue to work to ensure that funding is available for important services like nursing homes and health care. Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. Our plan will deliver more new jobs, spread right across the country, jobs that pay more than welfare, where hard work is rewarded. The plan will also deliver affordable, sustainable investments in services, like nursing homes, using the resources from growing employment,” concluded the Fine Gael TD.