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Closure of day-care centre hits 100 elderly

THE HSE has been called on to act after a popular north Dublin day-care centre was closed, displacing 100 elderly visitors.

St Gabriel's nursing home in Edenmore, Dublin 5, closed its day-care facility a number of weeks ago. It planned to demolish it and build more bedrooms.

The home says the HSE was notified of the move in advance to allow another centre for the elderly visitors to be found.

But health chiefs have yet to find a new location, leaving the OAPs with nowhere to go.


A voluntary worker at the facility said many of the visitors are very elderly and live alone.

He said the day-care centre provided an outlet for them to meet other people. "All that is gone now," he said.

FG councillor Pat Crimmins called on the HSE to find a new facility as quickly as possible.

"There is a big need for a day-care centre in the area. The HSE needs to source a new location as quickly as possible, even if only on a temporary basis," Mr Crimmins said.

When contacted, the nursing home said the HSE "knew for months" its day-care section was to close.

It said about 20 people had been catered for on a daily basis at the centre.

The HSE said it was continuing to look for alternative accommodation, but that the search was "proving more difficult than anticipated".

A spokeswoman added: "St Gabriel's day-care centre provided personal care and undertook social activities with the clients.

"Since the closure of the service, the HSE has provided additional home care packages for clients who require such care.

"Of the 100 clients who attended the service, 36 were already in receipt of home care packages."

St Gabriel's was previously run by nuns, but was taken over by a private group last March.

Until it closed in September, the day centre was visited by some 20 people a day from 9am.

They had breakfast and played quizzes before being brought down to 11am Mass.