The future of Welfare Community Homes in the South East has been secured following the intervention of the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan. HIQA requirements such as 24-hour nursing care have been waived thus ensuring that unreasonable running costs will not threaten the future of the homes.
Since the homes came under the HIQA standards, they were required to have 24 hour nursing care, a nurse in charge and to make considerable structural changes to their facilities. Minister Hogan’s successful negotiations with Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly and HIQA resulted in these regulations being changed. He also negotiated with the HSE and Department of Health to secure extra funding for the homes to meet HIQA standards.
“I want to acknowledge the commitment of the HSE and in particular Anna Marie Lanigan and Pat Healy of the HSE in ensuring these homes would stay open and in supporting them to achieve the safety standards required,” Minister Hogan said.
As a consequence the future of the following homes have been secured O’Gorman Home, Ballyragget; Prague House, Freshford; Gahan House, Graignamanagh; St Joseph’s, Kilmoganny, Mt Carmel, Callan and St Lazarian’s in Kilkenny and Carlow.
“The Welfare Community Homes are a vital part of their communities providing affordable local care to elderly people in these parishes and they are providing a caring and warm home from home for elderly people and we will ensure that they will be supported to continue providing this vital service”