Launch of the Slán Abhaile Project at the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook
Minister Callely expressed his delight at accepting the invitation of the East Coast Area Health Board to launchSlán Abhaile, a project aimed at giving older people the opportunity to remain living at home rather than going into long-term residential care.
The Minister emphasised the importance of being enabled to live with dignity as we age, stating that the challenge to provide adequate services for vulnerable older people must be met and adequate care must be provided where it is needed, adding that it is no more than they are entitled to expect in light of their contribution to the country, not only in economic terms but also in the social and humanitarian values they have passed on to us.
The Minister stated his and the Government´s intention to continue to strive to improve the lot of older people during his tenure as Minister for Services for Older People.
Minister Callely noted how his Department´s policy is mirrored by the goals of the Slán Abhaile project in the East Coast Area Health Board, whose care package is designed to support the independence of older people living at home by providing them with home support services. He congratulated all those involved in the project.
The Minister also stated that the benefits of Slán Abhaile were invaluable and should not be underestimated.