By Sean Moriarty

 

The Regional Health Forum has stopped short on giving a commitment to a dedicated Alzheimer Day Unit for the Killarney Area.

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson raised the issue at last week’s forum in Cork City Hall.

Cllr Gleeson asked the forum, following a 2017 survey of services, if the forum accepted there was need for a dedicated unit in the immediate Killarney area.

“[It would] augment the already wonderful unit at Rockmount, Kilgarvan,” he said.

However, Ger Reaney, Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, did not offer any commitment in his response to Cllr Gleeson’s question.

He said that the results of the 2017 survey were part of a broader review of day services and that this review was nearing completion.

“It will look at both generic day services and Dementia Specific Services,” said Reaney. “The review will inform how Day Services will be provided within Cork Kerry Community Health Care going forward ensuring that resources are used efficiently, directed at those most in need and identifying any gaps in the service that may exist. However, it must be noted that the provision of any new Day Care Centres will be the subject of the availability of the additional funding being made available to Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.”