‘Low’ Fair Deal rate blamed for latest nursing home closure

It has been confirmed that Tearmainn Bhríde Nursing Home in Brideswell will close its doors after almost 25 years in business, in what is yet another blow to residents and nursing staff in the Roscommon area.

The news follows last month’s closure of Costello’s Nursing Home in Ballyleague, which management have confirmed has since reopened to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, and comes just days after the closure of the Stella Maris Nursing Home in Baylough.

In a statement to the Roscommon People this week, the Curley family, who run the south Roscommon home, said it was a “sad day” for everyone at the home, which was established in 1997.

“It was a very difficult decision to close but we really had no option as the nursing home is no longer viable to see us into the future,” the statement read.

“Although we had received planning permission recently after significant investment to extend to a new 60-bed modern nursing home, unfortunately we were unable to secure a financial partner to carry us forward, mainly due to the low Fair Deal rate and current economic climate, therefore making it wholly unattractive”.

The Curley family paid tribute to staff and thanked the local community for its support.

“We will endeavour over the next number of weeks to compassionately work with all the families to find new homes for our wonderful residents.

“Finally, we have forged fantastic relationships and fabulous memories of everyone who passed through our doors. These are memories that will leave a special imprint in our lives forever,” the statement concluded.