Respite services at Longford's St Christopher's Services under increasing pressure

Aisling Kiernan


Aisling Kiernan


St Christophers

St Christopher's Services in Longford town has experienced an increase in issues relating to the number of residential properties it owns

The past 12 months has seen an increase in problems relating to a number of residential properties owned by St Christopher’s Services, this month’s AGM heard.

CE, St Christopher’s Derek Scanlon told those gathered in the Sylvia Dawson Hall that the Parkside property in Ballymahon had to be vacated altogether because of an environmental leakage.

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The property was subsequently decommissioned as a direct result of the problem.

“This has had a significant impact on the provision of respite care but we are working on a resolution to the matter,” added Mr Scanlon.

“Interactions with our insurers have been slow but the eventual outcome will see the replacement of this property with a more suitable facility along with a request to the HSE for increased funding towards the respite provision generally.

“We have exciting plans in this regard and hope this one issue will be the causative factor that will lead in the coming months to an overall increase in respite provision.”

The meeting also heard there was a further insurance claim in relation to the Gate Lodge property, however Mr Scanlon reassured those present on the night that the nature of that claim will not impact on the ability to reside at the property.

“There had been a reconfiguration of the day services too and an additional property close to Clonbalt has been acquired by the Services,” he continued.

“This will provide for a reduction in the numbers of some of the off-site activation units.

“We are currently implementing the ‘New Directions’ model and work is ongoing in relation to that.”