Ballina dementia centre takes national award

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

All smiles as staff from Waterman's Lodge in Ballina are announced winners at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards, hosted by Marty Whelan
A SPECIALIST dementia centre on the shores of Lough Derg has seen all its hard work recognised with a prestigious Irish Healthcare Centre Award.

A SPECIALIST dementia centre on the shores of Lough Derg has seen all its hard work recognised with a prestigious Irish Healthcare Centre Award.

Waterman’s Lodge in Ballina is one of two respite centres run by the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. The society purchased the hotel of the same name in 2008 and converted it into the modern, specialist centre that today provides respite and day services for the Mid-West.

Waterman’s, which employs 35, took the Specialist Centre of the Year Award at a gala event in Dublin at the weekend which was hosted by Marty Whelan.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this win which is testament to how hard our staff work to make this centre what it is,” said centre manager, Christina McKenna.

“Putting the person with dementia at the core of everything we do defines our centre. Our person-centred care looks beyond the immediate symptoms of the condition and takes the needs, wishes and views of the person with dementia into account including their previous personality, biography, achievements and life stories.”

Gerry Martin, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland paid tribute to all the team at Waterman’s on their “fantastic win”.

“We are very proud of our centre in Ballina and our staff. Placing the person with dementia at the core of everything we do is our central ethos and Waterman’s is a perfect example of that ethos in action,” Mr Martin said.

The centre provides respite care to up to 11 people every week. Both inside and on its grounds and gardens, it is designed specifically with dementia in mind. Clients also enjoy a range of leisure activities and interventions such as reflexology, music therapy, art therapy and cognitive stimulation therapy.