Press Release

Minister Callely visit Western Alzeimer Foundation

Mr Ivor Callely,T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (23 June 2003) is visiting the Western Alzeimer Foundation in Marian House Ballindine, Co Mayo.

While visiting the centre the Minister will launch a brochure outlining details on home support, day care, respite and long-term care, help line and educational and awareness provided by the Foundation.

Marian House, is a 12 bed unit and was the first purpose built respite centre for alzeimers patients in Ireland.

The Foundation has another unit at Maryfield Respite Home in Athenry. This unit consists of 21 long-stay beds. The Foundation employs 155 staff in total to deliver support services in the area.

The Minister will later visit Louisburgh Convent, which was purchased by the Western Health Board in the year 2000 and it is intended that the premises will be used to provide services for older people in the area. He will also visit McBride Community Nursing Unit, Westport, St Colemans Day Care Unit, Keel, St Fionnan´s Nursing Home, Achill Sound and Acute and High Support Units at Mayo Regional Hospital, Castlebar.