Lions Club launches annual Sacred Heart Hospital Walk

Roscommon Lions Club this week launched a new fund-raising drive for the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon. Last year, the Lions Club raised €10,000 for the purchase of equipment at the hospital and this figure was matched by the HSE who also provided €10,000.   Director of Nursing Julie Silke-Daly said, ‘We are very grateful to the Lions Club here locally for their wonderful fundraising efforts on behalf of the residents and staff of the Sacred Heart Hospital. With the money raised last year, we purchased valuable equipment which is of significant benefit to our clients. The additional physiotherapy equipment will assist residents attending for rehabilitation and is very effective for residents who have sustained a stroke, in their recovery.   ‘Electrical beds give great comfort to our more dependent residents in allowing them to have more independence in their repositioning. Individual drug trolleys have allowed for a much safer approach to administration of drugs, giving each resident an individual drug tray. This year money raised by the Lions Club Charity Walk will be used to develop a garden for our residents and additional sitting room space. The provision of such areas would greatly help to enhance the lives of our residents and allow for more independence in their daily lives’.   Commenting Mary Conry-Candler from Roscommon Lions Club said, ‘We are delighted to be associated with such a worthwhile project. We intend to continue to support developments that make residents’ and staff lives more comfortable. We would encourage as many people as possible to join us on Sunday 3rd June at 3 pm, remembering that one day too we will be elderly. Sponsorship cards are available from the Sacred Heart Hospital.’   Miriam McGuinness, HSE Manager for Older People Services and Director of Nursing Julie Silke-Daly also used the opportunity of the launch to present to residents and their families an outline of the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland. These guidelines provide residents and their families with details of the rights of residents living in residential care setting. There are 32 standards setting out what is expected in terms of service provided to the resident. They are grouped to reflect the different dimensions of a quality service and include the rights of the older person, protection, health and social care needs, quality of life, staffing, the care environment and management and governance. In addition the proposed standards include supplementary criteria that apply to units that specialise in the care of people with dementia.