Multimillion euro investment to offer 'home-away-from-home' dementia care in Cork 

Multimillion euro investment to offer 'home-away-from-home' dementia care in Cork 
Resident Cornelia Waters Murray from Midleton originally with Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly T.D. , Naoise and Conall Ó Dálaigh in the Art Room at the announcement of a new multi-million euro Memory Care Village in Cork.Photography by Gerard McCarthy

A multimillion-euro investment in a “dementia village” has been launched in Co Cork, creating 55 jobs.

Memory Care Village, based in Cloyne, will have 120 beds when it opens in 2020, almost doubling the size of an existing facility at Oaklodge Nursing Home.

The family-owned and run facility recently received a 100% full compliance rating from HIQA.

The village will be situated adjacent to the existing nursing home and will have eight independent houses. All residents will have their own private gardens and front door, to help encourage a sense of independence. Each home will be shared by six or seven residents, all with private rooms.

The village is designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects. It will also have a gym, spa, hair salon, shop, post office, art studio, and chapel.

Diarmuid Ó Dálaigh, managing director of Oaklodge said: “Ireland has an estimated 55,000 people living with dementia with 11 new cases reported every day.

“At Oaklodge, we specialise in care for persons living with memory loss, so we wanted to lead the way in offering new person-centred care options to empower people with this condition.

“Our residents will have the opportunity to live in shared accommodation with five or six other housemates, all with their own private bedrooms and shared communal areas.

“They will have their own front door and garden, and they will live in a village environment, giving them a real home-away-from-home experience, whilst also having the comfort of full nursing home care. There is proven research that such a setting will reduce stress and enhance dignity and happiness.

“There is nothing of this scale in Ireland.”

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