Tipperary dementia centre in Ballina on national awards shortlist

Waterman’s Lodge dementia specific respite and daycare centre, Ballina, ihas been shortlisted for a prestigious Irish healthcare award, 2015.

Waterman’s Lodge dementia specific respite and daycare centre, Ballina, ihas been shortlisted for a prestigious Irish healthcare award, 2015.

The centre, which has been nominated under the Specialist Centre of the Year category, is one of two national respite centres run by the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

A former landmark restaurant, Waterman’s Lodge was acquired by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland in 2008 to provide dementia specific person-centred care to the person with dementia and their carers in the community.

The centre can accommodate up to 11 respite clients per week. The dementia specific design extends to the grounds and gardens, where clients can enjoy outdoor activities and pastimes in a secure environment. Clients enjoy a range of psychosocial activities that include massage, music therapy, art therapy, Sonas (sensory stimulation therapy), cognitive stimulation therapy and reminiscence therapy.

There are 35 staff employed at Waterman’s Lodge all of whom have received dementia specific training, and a high percentage of our carers have completed their FETAC Level 5 qualifications.

Centre manager, Christina McKenna said: “All the staff are thrilled at this nomination and are looking forward to the award ceremony.”

The Irish Healthcare Centre Awards 2015 which recognises excellence in the healthcare sector will be held on March 27.