SAINT James Community House, in Rath Abbey, Grange, Carlingford is now set to open its doors and welcome ‘The Birches’ to Grange and from Monday, 8th July, the first Alzheimer’s patients will be welcomed through the doors.
This is a new ‘outreach programme, providing day care every Monday for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
It will be a support for families, and will provide a welcome ‘club’ in which Alzheimer’s patients can feel safe, secure and enjoy many social activities.
Tea will be served on arrival in the mornings, followed by a tasty lunch, with a mixture of activities dispersed throughout the day.
Music, painting, reflexology, knitting, storytelling are just some of the activities planned for the day centre.
‘The Birches at Rathabbey’ will be staffed by a qualified nurse, helped by a specialist carer who has a great understanding of the disease.
All the medical and personal needs of Alzheimer’s patients will be catered for in a professional manner.
Local volunteers will also be giving their services, making this a centre where local people care for their own.
Thirteen years ago, the people of Dundalk and surrounding areas dug deep into their resources in a bid to support those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
From humble beginnings, a state of the art centre was built solely by local people which has provided an invaluable service and support to families down through the years.
The Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre can be a haven of peace and understanding for those who struggle to understand Alzheimer’s disease.
The specialist staff are qualified in dealing with all aspects of this disease.
Often families are privileged to glimpse ‘the face of God’ in those carers as they carry out their daily duties with so much love and understanding.
In 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide. Alzheimer’s is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050.
Alzheimer’s can be a challenging disease but armed with education and understanding, families learn to cope with the turmoil and confusion which Alzheimer’s disease can often bring into their worlds.
Peace and harmony can be restored to the lives of everybody concerned.