Alzheimer’s Centre for Tulsk shelved ‘due to HIQA and downturn’

Plans to build the Western Alzheimer’s Respite Centre in Tulsk have been shelved – even though over €100,000 had been raised to fund the project.

  About five years ago, details were unveiled by the group to build a ten-bedded unit at the north Roscommon village. There is currently no such facility in the county, despite the very high incidence of the disease. However, Western Alzheimer’s have said, due to new Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) regulations and the economic downturn, the project was no longer viable.

  Eddie Flanagan, the chairman of the charity’s voluntary committee in Roscommon, said: “We were banking on HSE support to help us build the building, but also to help us fund the running costs of it as well.

  “Also, the implementation of HIQA regulations means that the planned building would no longer be suitable or would no longer meet the regulations that were laid down under HIQA.

  “It wouldn’t be viable to run the ten-bedded unit at the moment.”

  This news was revealed in Back to the Future, the new book by RTÉ Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly.

  He said that the news was “bitterly disappointing” for all of those who were involved in the fundraising campaign.

  He said: “I have no doubt that the recession has had a severe effect on this great project and, like a lot of other people, I hope that it may one day soon come to fruition.

  “I am sure the money raised is in safe-keeping and that those responsible will try to make that dream come true in the not too distant future.”

  Mr Mullooly’s mother, Mollie, suffered from Alzheimer’s before her death in 2002.