11th April 2022
HSE Media Release
Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo
Official Opening of Drummond Lodge, Community Group Home, Carrickmacross
On 11th of April, Anne Rabbitte, Minister of State, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth officially opened Drummond Lodge, a new Community Group Home at Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. This home will provide residential accommodation for five people with physical and sensory disabilities.
This new development has been realised through partnership working by HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo, Resilience, Monaghan County Council and Respond Voluntary Housing Association.
Minister Rabbitte stated “I am delighted to be here today to officially open Drummond Lodge. It is an excellent example of provision of person centred community based supports for people with disabilities and their families in Monaghan. The focus is on choice for the service user to enhance their opportunity to live a full life and to access the necessary services and supports in their local area. It will enable service users and their families to integrate further and become part of the local community.”
The accommodation consists of 5 bedrooms with shared living facilities such as the kitchen and living room and the garden area. It has been built to a high standard with all the necessary specifications and requirements for people with complex and high support needs to promote their independence and to live their life in a home they can be proud of. Individual residents have chosen their own decor for their bedrooms and each bedroom is bespoke to each person.
Leo Kinsella, Acting Chief Officer for Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo, stated “In Cavan and Monaghan the range of specialist disability services that are provided to people with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities and autism include Day, Residential, Respite and community based health and social care services. Through partnership working with HSE, Resilience, Monaghan County Council and Respond Voluntary Housing Association it is great to be able to provide the residents with a new home at Drummond Lodge and the supports they need to live their best lives.”
Monaghan County Council and Respond Voluntary Housing Association were successful in securing funding for the development of Drummond Lodge with the support of the HSE.
Drummond Lodge will be operated by Resilience on behalf of the HSE which will fund the service. Resilience, a leading Irish health and social care company has been providing support to people with disabilities across the country since 2011.
Resilience Director of Social Care, Sinead Butler says: “We are delighted to be working with the HSE and all other stakeholders to bring this much needed service to fruition. We look forward to becoming part of the local community, providing support to service users and their families along with employment opportunities to the people of Carrickmacross and surrounding areas”.
Throughout the day the Minister also visited a number of other centres in the area including Drumlin House Training Centre, Cootehill, Co Cavan. This is a service which sources suitable employment opportunities for service users in their own local communities and provides onsite training and on-going support to them in the work placements. She included a visit to Cavan Children’s Disability Network Team in Cavan Town, which provides services to children with complex needs in the area. These services are provided by Enable Ireland the lead Agency for the Cavan Children’s Disability Network Team. The Minister also visited Steadfast House a voluntary organisation in receipt of Section 39 funding from HSE Cavan and Monaghan Disability Services. It provides day services and supports and is a residential service for 5 adults and a residential respite service for adults with an intellectual disability. Through a person centred approach they work in partnership with the HSE and their local community empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential by providing quality, innovative services that focus on advocacy, choice, independence, meaningful community integration and personal happiness.
Last updated on: 11 / 04 / 2022