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Monday 22 September 2014

The Birches opens first outreach centre

Published 14/07/2013 | 00:00

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Fr Padraig Keenan and Fr Tommy McNulty with Olive Joyce at the official opening of The Birches at Rath Abbey in Grange.

In a milestone for the provision of services for people living with Alzheimer's disease, The Birches opened their first outreach centre at St James Community House, Rath Abbey, Grange, Carlingford on Monday.

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The service open its doors to a number of local people with Alzheimer's disease, who received a warm welcome from nurse Jean Noonan.

Prayers were offered by Fr McNulty who officially opened the cente.

The outreach service will operate be open each Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., catering for eight people with Alzheimer's disease.

It will be a support for families, and will provide a welcome 'club' in which Alzheimer's patients can feel safe, secure and enjoy many social activities.

Tea will be served on arrival in the mornings, followed by a tasty lunch, with a mixture of activities dispersed throughout the day.

Music, painting, reflexology, knitting, and storytelling are just some of the activities planned for the day centre.

'The Birches at Rath Abbey' will be staffed by a qualified nurse, helped by a specialist carer who has a great understanding of the disease.

All the medical and personal needs of Alzheimer's patients will be catered for in a professional manner.

Local volunteers will also be giving their services, making this a centre where local people care for their own.

'Families are invited to call to Rathabbey or telephone the office if they need advice/support on dealing with Alzheimer's disease.

The telephone number is 042 9397617.

For further information on using the services of 'The Birches at Rathabbey' contact Olive Joyce, Nurse Manager, The Birches, Priorland, Dublin Road, Dundalk. Telephone number 042 9351388.

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