New voluntary dementia day care service in Thurles is proving a major success.
The Tipperary Star visited this week and was highly impressed with the facilities provided by TCIL and with the support given to dementia sufferers and to their families.
C.A.M.E.O. (Come And Meet Each Other) Care operates under the auspices of Thurles Social Services and currently has eighteen people using the services on Tuesday and Thursday’s at the facility in the Stradavoher Business Park. Ten people per day can be catered for and the group is very fortunate to have Ursula Payne, former Manager of the Dementia Care Section of the Community Hospital of the Assumption heading up the work.
The closest dementia day care unit to Thurles is in Killaloe and this prompted local auctioneer John M Gleeson to see what could be done to help dementia sufferers and their families in whatever way possible. His brother Billy, Chairman of Thurles Social Services, came on board and with other Board members Pat Miley, Ann Bolton (TCIL), Michael Wright (Home Instead Care) and Catherine Hayes of the Golden years Day Care in Thurles, C.A.M.E.O. Care was founded.
“We started on a wing and a prayer and with a very small budget but we were thrilled when TCIL offered their facilities. We have applied for funding to the National Lottery and the HSE but we need to do other things to fund our activities as well,” John told The Tipperary Star.
The group has established a charity shop situated beside Premier Meats at Slievenamon Road, Thurles with thanks to Ely’s for their generosity and sense of community spirit. And, thanks to Thurles Mens Sheds, the facility has been refurbished and decorated to house all the furniture and household goods it takes in from members of the public- hardware goods were provided by Stakelums, Thurles Co Op Creamery, Ronaynes and Dwans, again with many thanks to them. Donations of items would be more than welcome but no beds, clothes or electrical equipment will be accepted.
“We feel this could be of real benefit in that people can leave in items that they no longer want and maybe pick up something they do want. In doing so they are benefiting the day care centre and their money is going to a very good use,” John said. Suites of furniture, lockers, tables, chairs, CD’s, pictures, china and many more items were much in evidence when we called to check out the shop, which will be run by volunteers once it opens it’s doos very soon.
Back to the day care facility. Ursula and her team welcome the visitors from 10:00am on Tuesday and Thursday’s with a variety of activities planned. Lunch, provided by the Meals on Wheels, is served as well as tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon before they depart for home at 4:00pm. There is no travel service available so users must be brought and collected. As well as giving the visitors a chance to meet others and engage, the facility also allows for the careres to gain some ‘respite’ time which is extremely important.
“This is very much a local project, run by local people, and used by local people. We think this is a very valuable service for those who use it and we hope to continue it and expand if the need arises,” John M Gleeson said.