Nursing Home

  • It’s disappointing to discover that the HSE run nursing home Aras Mhuire in Tuam has had its registration lapsed. That’s according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Donnagh Killilea. The Councillor says however, that HSE management has assured him that the re-registration process is now underway.

    At a recent HSE West Forum meeting, Cllr Killilea, a member of the forum sought information on the new residential facility on the site beside the Primary Care Centre in the town, asking if a design team has been put in place for the development.

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    Nursing homes face a major clampdown after it was found that some homes were charging residents for additional services.

    The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is to launch legally binding guidelines for contracts of care in nursing homes later.

    The Irish Independent reports that the new rules will lay out how and when nursing homes can introduce extra fees.

    The fees - which have hugely added to families' costs- included paying for social activities and therapies not covered under the Fair Deal scheme.

     

     


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  • Planning permission has been approved for a new 50-bed community nursing home in Tuam.

    Galway County Council had granted planning permission to the HSE last year for the nursing home, but this decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

    The planning appeals board has this week given the green light for the development.

     

    Tuam-based Independent TD Sean Canney has welcomed the news, and told Midwest Radio he expects construction to begin on site this Summer.

    Minister Canney says the new unit will replace the Aras Mhuire building which is no longer fit for purpose.