New bus means extended day care service at Croí Sona

Visitors to the Croí Sona day care centre in Roscommon can now look forward to an extended service, following the purchase of a new seven-seater vehicle to bring clients to and from the centre.    Clients at Croí Sona come from Dysart, Athleague, Ballinaheglish, Cloontuskert, Lisphelim, Oran and Donamon to attend day care services. The Roscommon People met three very satisfied service users when we visited Croi Sona daycare centre on Friday last. The trio of Teresa Duffy from Coman’s Park, Hettie Conboy from Coman’s Park and Kathleen Naughton from Abbey Court are especially delighted with the purchase of the new seven-seater vehicle as it will be used to ensure that clients from around Roscommon town can spend longer at the centre, enjoying the many activities from bingo to specially adapted exercises.             ‘It’s great, easy to get into and very comfortable,’ was the verdict of Kathleen Naughton on the new car. She loves attending the centre at Croí Sona and is a big fan of both the bingo sessions and the exercise. Specially adapted exercises for older people are available at Croí Sona and many of the clients also do the exercises at home.             ‘We have great fun every day we come here,’ said Hettie Conboy, who attends the centre every day from Monday to Friday. Meanwhile, her friend Teresa Duffy greatly enjoys attending Mass at Croí Sona every day. A prayer room is also available where clients can hear Mass from the Sacred Heart Church in Roscommon.             The new bus means that users of the Croí Sona in Roscommon can spend a full day in day care rather than half a day. With 75 service users availing of the service, and an average of 25 clients each day, a second vehicle was necessary.             ‘The new seven-seat people carrier has meant an improved service to day care service users, enhancing their experience of day care by assisting them with appointments on the day that the attend day care. It has really meant a more personalised and client-centred service for all in day care,’ said Bernie Crehan, Manager of the Day Care service.             Services on offer at Croí Sona include chiropody, physiotherapy, blood pressure monitoring and personal care. There are also health promotion activities including a light exercise programme designed for the elderly, nutrition and home safety advice.             It’s a busy time at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon. There are 182 residents in the Sacred Heart Hospital and 25 day care places in the refurbished Croí Sona day care centre.             In the last five years, the day care centre and St. Michael’s Unit have been completely refurbished. St. Joseph Unit has developed and expanded the rehabilitation convalescence service for the Roscommon region. A dental department has been set up within the Sacred Heart Hospital catering for the dental treatment needs of the residents and this has led to an improved quality of care for the residents. Future plans including a proposed project for the development of catering services in Roscommon, a joint project involving Roscommon County Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital.