The HSE has confirmed that the reduction in operating days for the Mohill Day Care service at Arus Carolan , instituted in August, will continue because of an ongoing staffing gap in the service.
Earlier this year, Cllr Seadhna Logan raised concerns over the reduction in services for older people from the Mohill and surrounding South Leitrim area at Arus Carolan, after the Mohill Day care service was reduced to three days a week.
At the time Cllr Logan was assured that the service reduction was temporary and it would be restored to five days a week in October.
However, a further enquiry by the Leitrim Observer has revealed that the service at Arus Carolan will continue to operate only on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays when social day care services will be provided.
Damien McCallion, Area Manager, Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan, HSE, said that “Despite this all clients who previously attended Mohill on a Monday or Friday have had alternative days offered to them that enables them to avail of a service over the five days.
“Access to day care service has been extended with a number of older people also attending the Integrated Social Day Care Service in Drumsna,” he added noting that he had been told that all clients who availed of the service “are enjoying the experience”.
“Mr McCallion noted that there were a number of Integrated Social Day Care Services funded by the HSE and managed by local community and voluntary groups which was allowing for the provision of day care for people in their locality citing examples in Carrigallen and Drumkeerin.
“Given this positive experience, the need to develop closer links with Community and Voluntary Groups in Leitrim to support the provision of Integrated Social Day Care Services has been prioritised by the HSE ,” he added.
Mr McCallion said that the HSE would continue to work with clients and their carers to ensure access to Social Day Care Service but stressed that the HSE does not have a statutory responsibility to transport clients to Day Care Services.
“We have provided significant funding to the Rural Transport Schemes to support people who cannot make their own arrangements,” he observed.