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Saturday 24 August 2019

Group aims to create dementia care centre

(From left) Stephanie Salley from Woods Healthcare, Dermot McDermott, Mary Woods, Director of Nursing at Woods Healthcare, Cllr Melanie Corrigan, Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Dermot McDermott Snr, Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, Christopher McDermott, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy and Cllr Rory O’Connor at the Willow Grove Care Centre public information evening at the Glenview Hotel
(From left) Stephanie Salley from Woods Healthcare, Dermot McDermott, Mary Woods, Director of Nursing at Woods Healthcare, Cllr Melanie Corrigan, Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Dermot McDermott Snr, Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, Christopher McDermott, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy and Cllr Rory O’Connor at the Willow Grove Care Centre public information evening at the Glenview Hotel
The proposed plans for the site at Willow Grove, which is just off the N11 (on right of picture)

Simon Bourke

A planned new care centre in Delgany will provide essential services for the complex conditions associated with ageing and, according to the group behind it, will focus on a wide range of specialised care and support services for those with Alzheimer's and conditions associated with dementia.

Speaking at an information session in the Glenview Hotel, Mary Woods, Company Director at Stanford Woods Care Centre Ltd, said that the goal of the centre at Willow Grove is 'to support local people to live in their own home for as long as possible' and if the time comes for residential care 'to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable place for people to reside and yet maintain maximum independence' while having access to all the services and care they need.

'In addition, the new planned Care Centre at Willow Grove will bring extra amenities to the community, from care and rehabilitation amenities to walking trails, landscaped gardens and provide additional employment opportunities and provide an economic boost to local businesses.'

Ms Woods and her family currently own and operate the Kiltipper Woods Care Centre in Dublin, which won Care Centre of the Year at the 2018 Irish Healthcare Awards.

Before submitting their planning application for the Co Wicklow centre, the Woods Healthcare team wished to discuss the needs of the local community and the information session at the Glenview was an opportunity for residents to voice any concerns.

'Some of the key issues raised by members of the community were regarding access to mains sewerage for local residents and the traffic management plan for the development as well as the visual impact of the building,' said Ms Woods.

'Several local residents pointed out that they depend on septic tanks as opposed to mains sewerage. This is in spite of the fact that there is unused main sewerage access nearby to which local residents have unsuccessfully tried to gain access for many years. It was suggested that a development like this care centre could provide the impetus to help local residents gain access to the mains sewerage,' she explained.

Seeking assurances that additional traffic in the area would not affect road safety, residents were informed that the development plan is currently undergoing a rigorous road safety assessment.

In relation to the visual impact of the building, Gerry Martin, the project's lead architect, said that the site will be excavated to a lower level, that the building will be positioned in the lowest part of the site and will not overlook surrounding houses. Those at the meeting also heard that the grounds will be landscaped - including walkways, trees and shrubbery - to give the grounds a pleasant aesthetic finish.

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