Almost €6m approved under capital developments for disability services in region

Almost €6 million has been approved under capital developments for disability services in congregated settings across the Community Healthcare area covering Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan.

Following a submission to the Department of Health in June 2015, a €100m programme over five years, was approved to provide residential accommodation in the community for residents of institutional congregated settings.

The HSE says the priority to date has been the purchase of houses in the community and the adaptation of these houses to suit the requirements of residents moving from congregated settings.

Projects in Sligo include the purchase and renovation of residential dwellings in Ballinacarrow, Enniscrone, Castlebaldwin, and Ballygawley, as well as the purchase and development of a site in Grange.

Over €3 million has been approved for the projects.

In Donegal, a residential dwelling has been purchased and is being renovated in the Finn Valley, for which more than half a million euro was approved.

HSE Head of Service in the area Edel Quinn said good progress is being made with the required renovations and developments at the various properties.

She said Disability Services, working closely with colleagues in HSE Estates/Property Management, aim to have high quality, bespoke homes provided to residents which meets their needs to best effect.

She added that community living gives people with disabilities the opportunity to live in a home of their choice, the chance to become part of their community and to be supported to live their best lives.