Áras Chois Fharraige, a new nursing home which provides integrated care services for convalescent patients, was officially opened today, by the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D.
Áras Chois Fharraige, which involved a total investment of €6 million, was developed by proprietors Aidan and Henrietta McGrath on the site of the old Sacred Heart Nursing home, which was recently demolished.
Áras Chois Fharraige has the capacity to cater for 42 patients in total and currently houses 26 residents.
Speaking at the opening Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D. said “This is an excellent facility for the Cois Fharraige and Conamara community. The provision of high quality nursing care through the medium of Irish is of the utmost importance to the elderly in the Gaeltacht.
The nursing home currently employs 16 people and it’s estimated that it will employ 30 people on a full time / part time basis when the centre is fully occupied.
Údarás na Gaeltachta provided support for the project. Speaking at the opening, Pádraig Ó hAoláin, Chief Executive of Údarás na Gaeltachta said that Áras Chois Fharraige ensures that a high quality care service is provided for the elderly in the Gaeltacht.
“This development represents a good example of Údarás’ objectives in regard to the provision of employment and ensuring that high quality infrastructure, services and social facilities are available in the Gaeltacht which will enhance the quality of life of the Gaeltacht community, particularly the elderly in this case.”
The proprietor Aidan McGrath thanked Údarás na Gaeltachta for supporting the project and said that Áras Chois Fharraige provides integrated facilities and services for the Gaeltacht community which are designed specifically for their nursing care needs and also for their unique cultural and language requirements.