St Joseph’s Action Group battle on to prevent closure of Ardee nursing home

The group is hoping to keep pressure on the Government in the hopes that it will save the St Joseph’s Nursing home in Ardee

The group is hoping to keep pressure on the Government in the hopes that it will save the St Joseph’s Nursing home in Ardee

The group sent a question to Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asking if the Minister for Health accepted that the public perception was that he could not be totally impartial in the public-private care debate may given his own personal investments in the private nursing home business.

The HSE report on St Joseph’s nursing home wil be made public in the next few months.

It is due now to be issued o the regional director of operations and sent to the Department of Health.

If approved by the department the HSE will start a public consultation process with all concerned.

They have also pointed out that Ardee is an Age-Friendly town, one of the first in the country, and this is all the more reason the Minister for Health should not close down St Joseph’s public nursing home.

The action group say the Age-Friendly plan for Ardee is to transform and streamline services, that affect the lives of older people including housing, health, social, transport, and business,

The aim is to make older people in Louth and especially Ardee the best-served in the country and to lead the way in transforming Ireland into the most age-friendly country in the world.

However this does that balance with closing down St Joseph’s nursing home.

The town improvements would include: pedestrian crossings and pedestrian routes.