Press Release

Minister Hoctor announces HSE’s €1m funding to develop respite services in the Mid-West for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia

Máire Hoctor, T.D., Minister for Older People, today (1 December, 2008) announced that the Health Service Executive (HSE) is to contribute €1million to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland towards the cost of developing respite services at the Waterman’s Lodge in Ballina, Co. Tipperary.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland bought Waterman’s Lodge in January 2006, with the assistance of HSE funding of €1million. Considerable renovation work is now necessary to transform Waterman’s Lodge into a state-of-the art centre, which will provide short term residential respite services for people from the Mid-West region with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Speaking today in Nenagh, Minister Hoctor said“The Government is committed to improving the quality of care for people suffering from dementia and to ensuring that the needs of that sector of the population are comprehensively addressed in a supportive and understanding manner. I am delighted therefore, to announce that the Health Service Executive have committed €1million to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland towards the refurbishment and running costs of Waterman’s Lodge”.

Today’s announcement by Minister Hoctor of the further HSE investment in Waterman’s Lodge will enable the necessary refurbishment work to commence in the near future.

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than 40,000 people in Ireland today. Current projections indicate that this number is expected to reach more than 100,000 by 2037.