Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that the HSE has committed to providing €140,000 in funding for St. Carthage’s Rest Home, Lismore over the next two years to meet its current financial challenges, and is open to working with the facility to allow it grow and prosper.
“This is fantastic news for older people in West Waterford. Only recently, I brought the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher to St. Carthage’s to meet the residents and staff.
“They informed me that despite all their best efforts, and even with the support of the HSE already, they are running at a loss.
“Following this meeting, I made continued representations to Minister for Health seeking financial support for the Home to allow them continue their good work.
“This week, I received word from the HSE that interim funding of €70,000 for 2017, and again in 2018, has been approved to bridge the gap between the Home’s income and expenditure.
“Importantly, the HSE has also agreed to consider covering some of the costs of the much needed refurbishment works, including repairs to the roof.
“As part of this funding support, the HSE has asked the management and board of St. Carthage’s to consider providing care for people with higher dependency needs as there is spare capacity in the home at present.
“This is a great result for the current residents, the staff and management, and for the entire Lismore community who rely on, and value, St Carthage’s so much.
“I will continue to liaise with the HSE and the staff and management of St. Carthage’s and ensure that the home grows, prospers and continues to provide excellent care to the people of Lismore and West Waterford,” concluded Butler.