Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly Welcomes Extension Of Services At Blessington District Day Centre

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed services at Blessington District Day Centre will be extended from two to four days a week. The Minister visited the centre late last year when the management made a direct appeal to see if it was possible to extend the operating hours of the centre.

Since being established over 20 years ago the day centre has provided an invaluable service to local people.

At present 20 clients, some of whom are transported by bus from across West Wicklow, use the centre on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Services provided at the centre include nursing, physiotherapy and chiropody as well as hairdressing and laundry. Clients can also do arts and crafts, bingo, cards and bowls and music as well as have lunch on site.

The centre, which caters for people with all forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s, will now be able to extend its services to more local people.

It is expected the extended hours will be in place by September.

Minister Donnelly said: “I’m absolutely delighted it has been possible to double the number of days the day centre is to open. I saw for myself the incredible work done there and how it really improves the quality of life for their clients when I visited.

Staff were understandably keen to extend the service which is in huge demand.

I would like to pay tribute to the staff and volunteers who make the incredible and impactful work done at the centre possible.

They are changing the lives of not only their clients but also their families for the better”.

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