NORTH Antrim MLA Daithi McKay has asked the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety if he will provide additional care in the community in parallel with the changes to Rathmoyle Residential Home, Ballycastle.
In response the Minister explained: “I am advised by the Northern Trust that they intend to reinvest the resources released from the closure of the home towards providing care and support to the residents of the Supported Living facility, when completed.
“In addition, the Trust is currently developing a re-ablement domiciliary service for the Ballycastle area with the aim of reducing long-term dependency on domiciliary care and making existing resources available to a greater number of people.
“The Trust has also developed a range of Intermediate Care services designed to support people at the time of hospital discharge or to prevent hospital admission.
“These will include Assessment Beds, Community Rehabilitation and Stroke Teams and a Hospital Diversion Team, all aimed at supporting more people at home rather than in nursing or residential homes.
“It is the Trust’s intention to fully engage with service users and their families on possible options to meet the future daycare needs of each person currently attending Rathmoyle Resource Centre, as part of the planning process.”
Mr McKay also asked the Minister to list the actions that the Northern Health and Social Care Trust has taken in regard to the Rathmoyle site over the last 12 months; and what correspondence it has had with the Housing Executive on the issue.
Again the Minister explained: “I am advised by the Northern Trust that they submitted a revised business case to the Northern Area Supporting People Partnership (NASPP) in May 2012.
“The NASPP is a collaborative arrangement, principally between the Trust, the Health and Social Board and the NIHE, in the planning and developing of supported living schemes.
“The Trust has also provided NIHE with maps of the Rathmoyle site and now awaits their nomination of a housing association to take forward the development of this scheme.
“The Trust also intends to engage fully with service users and their families on possible options to meet the future day care needs of those currently attending Rathmoyle Resource Centre.”