HSE says five-day respite service will be provided at Seaview House in Mountcharles

The HSE says there will be an increase in the respite service from three to five days at Seaview House in Mountcharles.

Last week, Donegal councillor Noel Jordan called for clarity about the services.

Cllr Jordan pointed out that there had been an announcement last November that a new service for those with intellectual disabilitiess and their families would be in operation at Seaview House by last February.

In response to a query from Ocean FM News, the HSE said it is engaging with the service provider, RehabCare, to deliver respite services at Seaview House as a result of, what it described as, ‘ongoing challenges’ in providing a consistent respite service.

Referring to the increase in service from three to five days, the HSE says it’s envisaged that this arrangement would better serve the needs of service users in the area.

The HSE added that RehabCare is currently in the process of recruiting nurses.

Once this process is complete, there will be a planned transfer from the HSE to RebabCare to lessen disruption to services and to ensure continuity of care.

In its statement to Ocean FM News, the HSE did not give a timeframe or date as to when the five-day service is expected to start.