Future unveiled as Oaklodge Nursing Home, Churchtown South, launches plans for multi-million euro Memory Care Village

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Oaklodge Nursing Home in Churchtown South has unveiled plans to build a pioneering multi-million euro memory care village on its 10-acre grounds, writes Christy Parker.

Considered particularly to be the future for nursing home care for persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the plan was launched by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly.

An enthusiastic attendance included National Dementia Office project manager Dr Emer Begley, along with other HSE guests, Department of Health officials, GPs, local business personnel, community representatives and project designers. The political classes included County Councillors Noel Collins, Susan McCarthy and Kevin O’Keefe, along with Minister of State for Justice and Equality David Stanton.

The scheme marks the first major nursing home project in Ireland to be built in accordance with the minister’s new 40-point policy on ‘Housing Options for our Ageing Population’. The policy seeks to re-align care for Alzheimer’s and dementia away from a clinical, institution-led approach to more person-centred options that recognise greater independence and empowerment for those in care.

Read more inside this week’s Midleton & District News.