St John of God residential homes prove a success in Louth

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St John of God residential homes prove a success in Louth

A special evening to celebrate the registration of 20 residential houses under the management of Saint John of God North East Services by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk recently.

Ms Teresa Mallon, Regional Director, said this was a significant achievement for the respective twenty residential houses and thanked all concerned for their commitment and efforts in delivering such a high standard person centred service to each resident.

“The Regulation of Residential Services for both children and adults with an intellectual disability started in November 2013 and three years on it is fitting that we recognize the major accomplishment in securing full registration by HIQA for these twenty Houses,” Ms Mallon said.

“In order for HIQA to give registration, they must be satisfied that each residential house and the supports provided, are meeting the assessed needs of each resident and that each resident is satisfied with the quality of their life and are supported to live a life of their choosing within their respective community,” she said.

She said Saint John of God North East Services are celebrating their 70th anniversary of service provision within the region in 2016. Over these years the service has been supporting the residents’ transition from campus-based living to appropriate living options within the community.

Ninety residents successfully moved to living within the community in the past seven years and currently 146 residents are being supported by Saint John of God North East Services within Louth, Meath and Monaghan.

“This event marks the very positive lives that residents are enjoying and the wide ranges of supports being provided by Saint John of God North East Services in many different type settings,” she said.

“Saint John of God North East Services are fully committed to progressing The Transfoming Lives Project Plan to support a further 104 residents currently residing within Saint Mary’s Drumcar campus to live lives of their choosing within the community over the next four years.”

Anthony O'Rourke told the audience about his very positive experience of living in Longwood House and outlined all the activities that he is involved with within the community which were very extensive.

Sonia Callaghan, Person-In-Charge, spoke about the journey through the registration process and the importance of integration within the community for each resident.

In conclusion Sonia told the audience that the real evidence of success is when residents are so busy with their own social activities that were unable to attend this event and sent their apologies.

Margaret Saunders, chairperson of the Dublin Parents Association, spoke of her brother’s positive transition from Saint Mary’s Drumcar to live in the community. Margaret said that she and her family were extremely apprehensive about the move some years ago.

However she now believes it was the best thing that could have happened for her brother and she can see the benefit for her brother engaging and participating in community life.

St John of God North East Services are seeking to recruit volunteers to support individuals residents, day attendees who are living in the community or within Saint Mary’s campus in a range of social, recreational, educational and employment activities in their local communities.

An information night was held last week at the Crowne Plaza during which the wide range of services and supports provided by St John of God North East Services within the region were outlined.

It was also explained how volunteering can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the men and women availing of services.

If you would like to find out more, remember that previous work or educational experience in the field is not a requirement but it is essential that you are committed to supporting people .

Email: volunteercoordinatorne@sjog.ie or phone 041 - 686 2600.