Western Alzheimers opens day care services centre

For the first time, Western Alzheimers now provides day care services to those with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Co. Roscommon.

  Recently the official opening took place of the organisation’s day care services in Cuan Mhuire Day Care Centre at Fourmilehouse. Gerry O’Mara, a consultant geriatrician at Roscommon Hospital, performed the honours. 

  It is estimated that Co. Roscommon has the highest incidence of Alzheimers in the country, but, until now, Western Alzheimers had only offered an in-home support service to clients and their families.

  While the official opening took place this month, the day care services actually began at Fourmilehouse on January 29.

  One day each week, from 9.30 am until 4 pm, seven to eight families in the county are catered for.

  Noeleen Rudden, the services manager of Western Alzheimers in Roscommon town, said: “When families want their loved one to use it, we go out and meet the family and the person with Alzheimers/dementia.

  “We get an idea as to what their life history is and where they are with their dementia history – what their likes and dislikes are and where they are coming from, so that we can organise activities to suit them.

  “The programme is based on that.”

  Ms. Rudden said that there most certainly was a need for the service, and that it was hoped to expand it to two days a week.