Future Of Dean Maxwell Nursing Home In Doubt

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The future of the HSE run Dean Maxwell Nursing Home in Roscrea remains in doubt.

The facility does not currently meet HIQA regulations and without significant investment it is unlikely to be allowed to continue with intake of new residents indefinitely.

The HSE is satisfied that long term beds in Nenagh and Thurles are sufficient to meet demand for North Tipperary.

A campaign to have a long term stay facility in Roscrea has secured a commitment from the Government for capital funding for a new dementia specific unit with some respite beds attached.

The HSE is currently trying to identify a green field site for this facility and no timeline for construction to begin is yet in place.

Construction at the site of the existing home may be possible by the parish authorities making some land accessible for the new building.

The Minister of State for Older People Mary Butler is to meet with community groups from Roscrea and the hope is that the existing home will be allowed to continue despite a HIQA closure order until the new building is in operation.