I have written to the Minister of State at the  Department  of  Health  with responsibility for Older People, Ms. Áine
Brady with regard to the opening of the new purposed built Dementia Daycare Unit built on the grounds of the Clarecastle Daycare Centre.

Last month, I  was  part of a deputation who met with Minister Brady on the 25th  of February seeking a final resolution to this issue . The Centre has been completed since May 2009 but remains closed.

The  Minister  was  asked at our meeting to have a detailed examination of the file and come back to the interested parties within a period of a month to six weeks. I am concerned at the lack of progress and failure of the HSE in  establishing  a  dementia  daycare centre facility in Clarecastle. This Centre  would  serve a catchment area with a population of 48,000 providing vital  services for the person suffering from dementia and valuable respite for their carers .”

The  amazing  success of the District Daycare Centre in Clarecastle can be expanded  upon  if the new purpose built Dementia Daycare Unit is given the green  light by the Minister and the HSE. There is presently a waiting list of  people suffering from dementia seeking these services. It’s an absolute scandal that the doors of this Unit remain closed.

The idea to build such a facility is based on all public policy as set out in  various  reports  which  identified  the  importance of community based facilities with the emphasis on normalisation of the condition of Dementia. The  local  community  have  put in an inordinate amount of work in to this project.  I have asked the Minister to report back on her deliberations and hope that she will have positive news.