Just 5 of the 13 Day Care Centres for the Elderly in Mayo are open at present.
All Day Care Centres for the Elderly in Mayo directly provided by the HSE are closed at due to Covid 19 restrictions. That was confirmed this afternoon by Breda Crehan –Roche Chief Officer with Community Healthcare West.
She was responding to a question submitted by Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne to today’s HSE West Forum meeting online, asking about the number of day Care Centres for the Elderly in the county, and if they have re-opened.
He was informed that there are 13 Day Care Centres for the elderly in Mayo and 4 are directly provided by the HSE, and 9 more are HSE funded, and at present just 5 are open.
Ms Crehan-Roche explained that the main reason for the closures of the HSE owned centres is that all HSE Day services are run inside residential care facilities and that due to infection control it cannot open the centres that have shared living spaces for residents and day service clients.
However, the HSE is seeking, she said, to open Elderly Day Care Centres at Swinford District Hospital and the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar initially, as both have space to separate residents and day clients.
She insisted that the shortage of staff is not the sole contributing factor to units being closed, yet, admitted it may be an issue when the HSE Day Care Centres are in a position to re-open.
Of the Day Care Centres for the Elderly in Mayo, only 5 are open at present, with some providing reduced services.
Only two are open 5 days a week, that’s St Coleman’s Care Centre in Claremorris and Killala Community Council CLG.
Castlebar Social Services and the Fr Peyton Centre in Attymass are open 2 days a week for Elderly Day Care Services, while it’s a one day a week service at present at Seirbhisi Curam Cill Chomain Teo.