An assisted living centre in Carna, Co. Galway was officially opened today (12 May), by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, T.D.
With assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta, the centre was developed by Dr. Michael Casey and his wife Sally, at a total cost of almost half a million euro. The centre caters for the elderly requiring care but who do not require the level of care provided in a nursing home. The residents retain their independence and care for themselves, but may be supervised by medical staff and healthcare professionals, if required.
The centre can cater for 12 residents and shares the healthcare services of the adjacent nursing home, which opened in 2003 with assistance from Údarás na Gaeltachta. The nursing home and assisted living centre provides fulltime employment for 38 people, nine of which are employed in the assisted living centre.
The project has experienced huge success, caters completely for the elderly in the area and has significantly enhanced the level of care and health services in the area. Both the nursing home and the assisted living centre are run through Irish and a valuable service through the medium of Irish is available to the elderly in the area.
– Photo from left: Seán Ó Cadhain, TD; Dr Micheál Ó Cathasaigh, proprietor; The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD; Sally Casey, proprietor agus Stiofán Ó Cúláin, Chief Executive Elect, Údarás na Gaeltachta.