New respite fa­cil­ity to launch in Dundalk later this month


The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

THE long awaited new respite ser­vice for north Louth is set to be­come op­er­a­tional later this month, the Ar­gus has learned.

The HSE had en­tered into an agree­ment with Praxis Care in Novem­ber to open an adult Respite Care cen­tre in Dundalk.

In the last few days it has been con­firmed that the fa­cil­ity, to be known as ‘Arlee House’ will be lo­cated on the Dublin Road in Dundalk and will op­er­ate four respite beds.”

Louth TD, Fer­gus O’Dowd, has wel­comed news that the long awaited respite ser­vice for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in North Louth is hoped to be fully op­er­a­tional in the next few weeks.

O’Dowd said: ‘I re­ceived a promis­ing up­date from the Chief Of­fi­cer of CHO8, it out­lined that the ser­vice is await­ing reg­is­tra­tion from HIQA and all go­ing well we should see the beds op­er­a­tional this month. This will be a great re­lief to many of the fam­i­lies I rep­re­sent across County Louth.’

He added: ‘ This an­nounce­ment is on the back of the open­ing of the Bower House Respite Cen­tre ear­lier in 2018 which caters for many fam­i­lies in County Louth and has been a mas­sive suc­cess to date.’

Deputy O’Dowd added: ‘ This news will be a fur­ther boost for fam­i­lies in dire need of respite in the County and also to the vi­tal car­ers in our com­mu­nity who de­serve a much needed break.’

He pointed out: ‘The mem­bers of the Louth Respite Fo­rum and all of the tire­less dis­abil­ity cam­paign­ers we have in County Louth must be ac­knowl­edged as with­out them this would not be pos­si­ble’

The news emerged af­ter years of cam­paign­ing by the sup­port group Dundalk Par­ents and Friends for the restora­tion of vi­tal respite ser­vices.

The new fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to pro­vide up to 1,350 bed nights ev­ery year, which will be al­lo­cated af­ter as­sess­ments are car­ried out by Praxis Care.

Respite is a vi­tal ser­vice for those who are car­ing for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for rest, or time to spend with other fam­ily mem­bers.

Min­is­ter Fin­nan Mc­Grath TD, with Louth Deputies, Fer­gus O’Dowd and De­clan Breath­nach.

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