Critical role for nursing homes during Storm Emma



Resilience displayed by nursing home staff meeting care needs of thousands within our communities


Nursing homes across the country have been contacted with view to ascertaining availability of emergency respite and transitional care beds during Storm Emma. Nursing Homes Ireland is liaising with the HSE to ensure, where possible and appropriate, beds within nursing homes are availed of. Nursing homes are positioned to meet the health and social care needs of persons who are lacking the appropriate support services within the community during Storm Emma. They fulfil an essential role in facilitating timely discharges of older people from our acute hospitals back into the community and this will be of critical importance in alleviating pressures upon our hospitals in the days ahead.


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO said: “Our nursing homes will do all they can to meet the care needs of people who need to move from their home on a temporary basis or require discharge from hospital but are not in a position to return home. They are essential healthcare providers and their importance is underlined during a period of emergency such as that presented by Storm Emma.


“Nursing homes are reliant upon teams of multidisciplinary staff to meet the care needs of 30,000 residents entrusted in their care. Nursing home management and staff are displaying remarkable resilience to ensure nursing home residents receive tremendous health and social care when conditions outside the doors of the nursing home are treacherous. We should not take for granted the tremendous sacrifices made by personnel within our nursing homes and, indeed, their families and members of the public who are supporting them in travelling to and from the nursing home. Nursing home management are undertaking contingency arrangements and staff are displaying remarkable resilience and generosity in adopting to the exceptional circumstances presented to them. We thank and commend the excellent staff in our nursing homes during this period of extraordinary adversity.”   

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, may be available for further comment. Contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive for further information at 087 9082970.



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