Updated: 31/01/17 : 05:46:02
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Sligo councillor demands answers on Alzheimer service

The withdrawal of funding from the Home from Home Alzheimer respite day care centre in Kilglass, Sligo, has been described as “myopic and mean spirited” by Councillor Thomas Healy.

“The Home from Home service has been operating now since March 2013,” stated Cllr Healy. “Mary McManus and her family have provided a commendable day respite service for sufferers of Altzeimhers disease on a voluntary basis with the help of a small amount of funding from the Genio organisation and subsequently from the HSE.

"The need for this and similar services is undeniable, 55,000 people in this state are suffering from dementia whilst the government have recently admitted that it will take up to three years for them to introduce a new homecare scheme. The majority of older people and their families want to stay in their own homes and studies show that they live longer if they do.”

“The provision of respite and day services should be a high priority for the government so the decision to withdraw €50,000 of funding and close a service like this is myopic and mean spirited. I think about €330m is spent on home help hours annually and vast amounts of government funding is ploughed into private nursing homes, it beggars belief that this Home from Home service would be allowed to close.”

“I have contacted my colleague Martin Kenny T.D who will be raising this issue in the Dáil chamber, answers are needed here and needed quickly. The government” concluded Cllr Healy, “needs to prioritise funding for communities and not just nursing homes