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Ireland’s first purpose built Dementia Community to be based in Limerick

(L-R): CareBright General Manager, Colette Ryan, CareBright Business Development Manager, Majella Murphy, CareBright Chair, Richard Kennedy and Carebright Manager, Monica Hanley. purpose built Dementia Community.

Construction has begun on Ireland’s first purpose built Dementia Community which will change the face of dementia care in Ireland. purpose built Dementia Community.

CareBright Community, which will cost almost €5.5million, will be set on a 4 acre site in the heart of Bruff, Co. Limerick and will provide independent living with a strong sense of community for those living with dementia. At the moment, the project has just €980,000 left to fundraise to see the completion of the project.

Currently over 48,000 people are living with dementia in Ireland, a number which will increase to over 141,000 by 2041. Despite common misconceptions, dementia is not an age related disease with 4,066 people under the age of 65 are living with dementia in Ireland. purpose built Dementia Community.




Speaking, while construction has got underway at CareBright Community in Bruff, General Manager of CareBright, Colette Ryan said, “People living in this community will feel safe and included. It will be a place where they will flourish. Imagine having your own new home, where you will be surrounded by all the things you love and cherish, that favourite chair, family photos, music you love and enjoy, a comfy bed with no alarm clock buzzing at 6a.m, making choices which suit you. You can sit in your own private garden and enjoy the sunshine or if you enjoy gardening you can just potter around there or you can take a stroll, stretch your legs and garden in our expansive working and sensory gardens. When family and friends come to visit, you can prepare lunch in the kitchen and enjoy afternoon tea in the Community Café. If they wish to stay over, they can do so in your own home or our overnight accommodation on-site”.

CareBright will create a safe, happy and energizing environment which will enhance the lives of everyone who experiences the community. It will comprise of 18 homes, each of which will have its own living room, bedroom, bathroom and private garden. The CareBright Community and Day Care Hub will offer a range of amenities including a cafe, beauty salon, gym, mens’ sheds and gardens for everyone to relax and enjoy. CareBright Community, unlike other models, will provide personalized supports and services based on individual needs and choices to enable people to live for as long as they wish in a place of their choosing.

CareBright Community will be a person-centered, model of care based on the very successful household model being used at De Hogeweyk, Holland. Research on best practice models by CareBright has found that small-scale household models have a positive impact on the quality of life of people living with dementia. This model reinforces quality care and provides a more pleasant place for people to live. The staff adapt the approach they take with residents which goes against routinized care and the development of institutionalized cultures. This creates the potential for closer and more personalized support and care. This personalized care and quality time with people impacts positively on the quality of life and overall ambiance of the community.

Business Development Manager, CareBright, Majella Murphy, added, “Just imagine a 70-year-old man with dementia, looking in a mirror and seeing his 30-year-old self and believing in the picture he sees. 60% of our clients are living with dementia. A lot of people are physically well and can live productive, healthy lifestyles in their own homes with the help of a strong support system. Unfortunately for those without a support system, a nursing home is often the only option. We visited several sites in the U.K. and Holland and found the successful household model being used in Holland was similar to the vision we had in mind.” purpose built Dementia Community.

Read more about Carebright here.

Find out more information about Dementia here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.