Plans For €18million Carbon Neutral Step Down Care Home For East Cork

By Seamus Whelehan

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A multi million Euro step down Elderly Care Unit, creating over 100 jobs for East Cork, is due to go for Planning in the coming weeks.

The 96 bed step down unit is being designed to help alleviate overcrowded hospitals.

If Planning is granted, the Care Home could be open as early as June 2022, and is likely to employ up to 120 people, in a series of part time and full time positions.

The facility, to be constructed on an 8.5 acre site in Leamlara, will be built to the most modern standards.

The one storey development, estimated to cost €18million, will be completely powered by green energy from an onsite wind turbine, and will be heated through an air to water system, meeting A rating standards.

The state of the art Unit will have double bed rooms, all en suite, with nursing stations strategically located.

There will be an onsite Chapel and Dementia specific locations, along with offices, and staff accommodation.

Phil Jordan Engineering and Associates, who represent the developer says “the building will be totally sufficient in power, backed up from time to time by the ESB grid.”

He said “the developer is eager to comply with HIQA and HSE requirements to deliver a facility of worldwide quality.”

Both the Health Board and the Health Information Quality Authority have been contacted and are said to welcome the plans for the development, despite the number of these type of facilities in the County.

The latest plan comes as new figures show that, nationally, 79 elderly patients are stuck in public hospitals for six months due to a lack of step down supports.

HSE figures up to the middle of September show that 745 patients are in a hospital setting since the Spring.

Earlier this month, Older People’s Minister, Jim Daly, admitted that prolonged stays in public hospitals can lead to a higher risk of infection.

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