A CORK TD is calling on the HSE to intervene and prevent the closure of a respite-care residential centre on the northside of Cork city.
Last week, it came to light that Mount Cara, also known as Cara House, is set to close after 30 years.
Cork North Central TD Thomas Gould said staff and residents of the facility, which is based on Redemption Road in Blackpool, are very upset by the decision.
"I am deeply concerned for the staff and residents and feel that the HSE should step in to assist in this difficult time. "I have formally requested that the Board of Management put a stay on the closure procedures pending liaison by myself with the Minister for Health and the HSE.
"I have also written to the Minister and requested that she intervene and instruct the HSE to ensure that the facility is not closed," he said.
In a statement tolast week, the Board said the decision to close was not made lightly.
"As a Board, we have taken the hard decision to begin the process of winding down Mount Cara in a planned format. "All staff have been fully briefed of the situation.
"We have also been in contact with all residents’ families and will continue to keep them informed as timelines are finalised," they said.
"The new challenges posed by Covid-19, along with the reduction in occupancy have led to this decision.
"Mount Cara is a residential facility for older people and although it complies with Nursing Home Standards, it is not covered by the Fair Deal Scheme for residents.
"The increased provision of sheltered housing, home care packages and home help supports have also impacted on the demand for Mount Cara services," the statement continued.
The Board stated that it is in discussion with the HSE about the future placements of residents.
Deputy Gould says he intends to meet with staff and families in the coming days to support them in any way he can.