Ireland has a rapidly ageing population as a result of people living healthier and thus longer lives. In fact in 20 years’ time, one in every 5 people walking down Grafton street will be over 65, which is a rise from 12% to 22% of Ireland’s population being over 65.
These changes have a significant impact on Nursing Homes in Ireland as nursing homes play an important role in ensuring that elderly people are being provided with the appropriate care. This also positively impacts Nursing homes in Ireland’s employment opportunities, particularly for nurses who moving overseas for work.
Currently there are over 400 private and voluntary nursing homes in Ireland, who cater to over 20,000 people. Nursing homes in Ireland are registered and inspected by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to ensure that all nursing homes in Ireland are providing the highest quality of care and services.
This high quality of care does not just refer to ensuring guests have good living conditions but also to ensuring that a people centred approach which means focusing on each person’s personality and interests rather than their illness or the abilities they may have lost. In Trinity Care, our staff includes Activity Co-ordinators who organize activities for residents based on residents interests some of which include;
· A variety of games
· Trips to local attractions
· Visits from musicians and other entertainers
This allows residents to keep their old interests or even gain new ones. One of our resident’s testimonials states “My lifelong hobby was gardening so I enjoy the lovely garden of Foxrock every day. It is so peaceful watching the birds and reading my newspaper. I have a lovely private room surrounded by flowers and trees and I am truly content."
As nursing homes in Ireland steadily increase in demand, it becomes more and more important that the standard of care continuously improves to not just facilitate resident’s basic physical needs but also their emotional, spiritual and social needs. Learn more about the activities Trinity Care organizes to facilitate this.