The Western Alzheimer’s Voluntary Committee in Roscommon recently announced that CEO of Western Alzheimer’s, Pat Holmes, has committed to setting up a Day Care Centre in Roscommon town “within a three-year timeframe”.
The voluntary committee has been fundraising for some years for the ongoing running costs of the Western Alzheimer’s day-to-day services in the county and towards the construction of a respite home.
In a statement, Chairperson Mairead Nally said: “A Day Care Centre can provide the care givers with a much needed break, while at the same time allow the client to access an array of services which can be as basic as general hygiene needs to other health care services and therapies. It is our vision that clients could access hairdressing, chiropody, massage, reflexology, reminiscence therapy etc.
“We are delighted to announce that Pat Holmes, CEO of Western Alzheimer’s, has committed to progress this project on our behalf with the HSE.
“We are a small but committed voluntary group of people who continue to enjoy the strong support from the people of Roscommon at our fundraising events.
“There are currently 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland – 5,500 of these live in Roscommon, Mayo and Galway. These numbers are expected to double in the next twenty years.
“The vision is to have a purpose-built day care Centre operating in Roscommon town within three years. It is hoped that this will provide service five days per week to supplement the existing day care service operating in Fourmilehouse and the extensive in home support programme.”