A VOLUNTARY housing body is to build 43 units of sheltered accommodation in the south of the county - Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced.
The €5 million plus scheme will provide a large number of construction jobs and a number of permanent jobs both full and part-time.
Minister Hogan has said it will provide the area with a major boost with a huge impact for the benefit of Mooncoin and the surrounding area.
The project is being spearheaded by Le Chéile Housing Ltd., a new voluntary housing body set up earlier this year.
The new scheme consisting of one and two-bed roomed units is aimed at older people who wish to continue to live independently but in a secure and sheltered environment. A full four course meal will be served to residents seven days of the week. There will also be 24/7 security and on-call assistance available to residents.
“One of the most significant factors in Ireland’s development in recent years has been the change in its population profile,” said Le Chéile Housing spokesman Tim Ryan. “Improved health and social care has meant that the number of people over 65 is vastly increasing. The situation has been worsened by the current economic recession which is being very sharply felt by the Irish economy.”
Members of Le Chéile Housing have long realised that taking care of the elderly in the future will become a key priority as people will live far longer due to better medical care and diet. In this regard, the philosophy of Le Chéile Housing views sheltered housing for the elderly as an essential component in any housing strategy, a mode of living whereby people can live independent lives but have their main meal of the day provided in a common restaurant.
In addition, the project will offer many facilities to residents including a meeting room, library, internet access and regular entertainment. It is hoped to involve local residents and organizations in the lives of the residents.
“Le Chéile Housing strongly believes the model proposed could take adequate care of many people who are currently in nursing homes, thereby reducing the growing demand for beds,” said Tim Ryan. “The bed units costs in the project would be a fraction of nursing home care. Most people only go to nursing homes as a last resort, the Le Chéile Housing project offers them the opportunity to maintain and hopefully improve their quality of life.” Research shows that people are happy in such housing models and go on to live long lives, he added.