Nursing homes urged to celebrate

The inaugural Nursing Homes Week will be celebrated in Tipperary from August 26 to September 1, with the county’s 26 nursing homes urged to partake in the event.

The inaugural Nursing Homes Week will be celebrated in Tipperary from August 26 to September 1, with the county’s 26 nursing homes urged to partake in the event.

Nursing homes in Tipperary directly employ over 950 people and provide care for almost 1,000 residents. Nursing Homes Week will be a special event with fun activities for them, their families and friends. But it will also serve to stimulate debate surrounding the future of care provision for older people in Ireland.

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. 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.

This initiative has been devised by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representative organisation for private and voluntary nursing homes. Tipperary nursing homes will announce a schedule of the week’s events shortly, which will also see the launch of Quality Living, Quality Care, an NHI booklet that will provide valuable advice and information about nursing home life.