ST Joseph’s nursing home in Ardee is facing a number of options put forward by the HSE in order to safe-guard its future.
On Monday, the HSE outlined its proposals for the future of the nursing home.
The report states that the Government’s moratorium on recruiting staff has meant that agency staff has been required at St Joseph’s which is putting pressure on the home’s budget.
In order to bring down the costs the HSE is looking for further changes in staffing rosters and talks with unions are ongoing.
The HSE wants to reduce the cost of a bed at St Joseph’s from E1,716 euro per week.
Another option offered in the report is to develop the home into a retirement village but this would require outside investment of E8.5m euro.
The HSE owns the adjoining land at St Brigid’s to follow through on this idea which would develop health services in the county. The idea has the backing of Louth Local Authorities.
The report ‘Option Appraisal for the potential reconfiguration of Residential Services in St Joseph’s Hospital Ardee’ is the start of a public consultation process. HSE will be consulting directly with the residents of St Joseph’s and their families.
“The HSE would like to hear directly from the public especially those living in the local community,” Mr Dermot Monaghan area manager Louth-Meath HSE said.
Written submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Louth Consultation, Office of the Operations Manager, Oriel Suite, St. Brigid’s Complex, Ardee, Co. Louth. The closing date is 18 January 2013. Further details are available on www.hse.ie