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Innovative senior housing for Dunmanway

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 9:03am

Dunmanway has been chosen as a demonstrator site to develop a new and innovative model of housing for older persons.

Minister for Older People Jim Daly confirmed this week that Cork County Council has appointed Clúid Housing as its partner to develop a state of the art housing for the elderly project.

The multi million euro housing project will be one of the first of its kind in the country and will feature onsite supports and modern design and facilities which could be modelled across the country.

Minister Daly has called upon the Government to support a new model of housing for older persons and says that there are currently only two options available to people as they age: either staying at home, or moving to a nursing home.

Minister Daly said: “We must develop a new option for people to move to as they grow old, and all that means is a smaller house, a smaller garden, well designed to cater for all possibilities such as wheelchairs and aids, and crucially that on call support and assistance is available should any resident need to call on it for any reason.”

Mr Daly said he is also in ongoing consultation with the local meals on wheels group and it is hoped that a new service can be incorporated on the site of this project.

“We have to aim to provide so much more than just bricks and mortar,” he said.

Minister Daly continued: “We must think big and get this right. Location is key and we must ensure residents can walk to a shop, church and social centre. If we design houses for the young, we exclude the old, if we design houses for the old, we design for everyone. We have become very successful as a nation at adding years to life, the challenge now is to add life to those years.

“I am delighted that this site has been secured for development of a demonstrator site at Bantry Road, Dunmanway. I want to sincerely thank Cork County Council for their unwavering support and efforts with getting agreement for this project to proceed,” concluded Minister Daly.

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