HOTELS controlled by NAMA could be turned into facilities for the elderly who might otherwise languish in hospital, Health Minister James Reilly has revealed.
He said the hotels -- complete with swimming pools and ensuite rooms -- are being looked at to provide "intermittent care" for older people.
Mr Reilly said that patients could undergo treatment such as physiotherapy while in the hotel setting. Ultimately the idea could help patients at risk of going full-time into a nursing home.
"An older, frail person can go into hospital with pneumonia and be treated for it. But then they can get other problems and end up in bed for a long time. This can result in them going into long term care," he told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.
"NAMA hotels have ensuite facilities, gymnasiums, canteen facilities, swimming pools and canteens. They could be possible locations for a new type of intermittent care," he added.