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Nursing Homes Have Capacity For Hospital Discharge Patients

Nursing Homes Ireland has stated nursing homes in North Dublin, are positioned to facilitate timely discharges from acute hospitals of people back into the community and must be utilised, where appropriate.

A snapshot survey undertaken by NHI of bed availability within the North Dublin region informed 49 beds were available within 14 private and voluntary nursing homes surveyed. Within North Dublin, 38 private and voluntary nursing homes are operating. Therefore, the full extent of bed availability is likely circa 100 beds.

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, emphasised nursing homes are dedicated, home-from-home healthcare settings that can meet care needs beyond long-term residential care, including respite, transitional, rehabilitative care.

He said: “Our nursing homes in North Dublin are primarily positioned to facilitate timely discharges from hospitals, where appropriate. Nursing homes on the northside of the city facilitate discharges on a regular basis from Beaumont, Connolly Memorial, the Mater on a regular basis. They are primarily positioned to support these hospitals during the period of overcrowding and on a consistent basis.

“Many people associate nursing home care with long-stay care but it is important to realise they fulfil an essential role in providing step-down care and supporting timely discharges from our acute hospitals back into the community. Last year, over 700 persons per month were transitioned from our acute hospitals into nursing home care within their local communities.”