The inaugural Nursing Homes Week 2013 will be celebrated in Tipperary this year from August 26 to September 1.
There are 26 nursing homes in Tipperary providing essential care for 958 residents.
In Tipperary alone, there are over 950 people directly employed in the sector.
Throughout the week nursing homes across the county will hold fun events that may be attended by family and friends of residents along with members of the public. The week will climax on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 when nursing homes will hold a range of activities over the weekend to celebrate nursing home life.
In addition, Nursing Homes Week will aim to stimulate debate surrounding the future of care provision for older people in Ireland. There are over 21,500 people receiving specialist care in the private and voluntary nursing home sector, which accounts for around 75% of the country’s long-term care beds. The ESRI projects that an additional 888 long-term residential care places will be required per annum to 2021.
The initiative is being brought together by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representative organisation for private and voluntary nursing homes, and member across the country will celebrate nursing home life.
Nursing homes in County Tipperary will be announcing a schedule of events for Nursing Homes Week shortly.
Tadgh Daly, CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, said:
“Nursing Homes Week is a very positive initiative to highlight the high quality care provided by private and voluntary nursing homes in our local communities. This exciting event will highlight innovation in care delivery and activities that are daily feature of nursing home life.
The week is designed to promote health, wellbeing and social interaction, which are intrinsic to nursing home life. It will also aim to stimulate discussion and debate surrounding the future of care provision for older people in Ireland, while at the same time accentuating the best practice methods currently employed by the private and voluntary nursing home sector.”
The week will also see the launch of Quality Living, Quality Care, an NHI booklet that will provide valuable advice and information for persons considering nursing home life.