Birr Community Unit

Birr Community Nursing Unit
Birr Community Unit
Co Offaly

Ms Paula Phelan
Mr Nick Devery

Tel: 057 91 23200 (Opt 1, then Opt 5)

Hiqa Reports

Birr Community Nursing Unit is situated in Sandymount, Birr, County Offaly.

It is a single-storey purpose-built unit which opened in 2004 to replace Ely House and the old Birr Hospital.

The front section of the building is part of the primary and community care and is separate to the centre.

The centre can accommodate 90 residents.

It offers 74 long-term care, 12 respite and three rehabilitation places. In addition, it has a single special care room for palliative care.

The centre comprises three individual units, Camcor, Sandymount and Laurel with 30 beds in each.

Each unit is made up of four single, three twin and five four-bedded rooms, all with en suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin facilities.

There are numerous small enclosed gardens and a larger safe garden to the side of the building.
Residents and staff use this space to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The building is wheelchair accessible.

Adequate parking for staff and visitors is provided to the front of the building.

Information courtesy of HIQA reports and other sources.

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Residential Care Inspections

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To get further information from HIQA:
Call the advice line: 021 240 9660
Email: [email protected]
Postal Address:
The Office of the Chief Inspector,
Health Information and Quality Authority,
Social Services Inspectorate, 1301 City Gate,
Mahon, Cork.

Public Bed Register: HSE Dublin Mid Leinster

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Public Nursing Homes Offaly

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What is the Nursing Homes Support Scheme?

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme provides financial support towards the cost of long-term nursing home care. Under the scheme, people who need nursing home care have their income and assets assessed, and then make a contribution towards the cost of their care based on their assessment.

The HSE will pay the rest, if any, of the costs of their care in designated public and approved private nursing homes covered under the scheme. People can choose care in any of the nursing homes included in the scheme provided that the nursing home can cater for the person's particular needs and that it has a place available for the person.

As the budget for this scheme is fixed each year, at times a waiting list for financial support may be in place