East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his delight as the first Sod was cut at the former Greenisland House Nursing Home to make way for the supported living project.
Mr Dickson said: “It is my understanding that this new build, which will be similar to the Barn Halt Supported Living Complex, will not be wholly a dementia scheme, but will be an older people’s scheme, which when built will be future proofed for clients who have, or may develop, mild to moderate dementia.
“I have long supported the redevelopment of the site and this £4.2million investment should vastly improve the service delivery to those who need this type of support whilst also assisting the transition to, and implementation of, Transforming Your Care.
“As our society ages, dementia is becoming more commonplace, that means we must, as a matter of urgency, ensure that high quality provision is available for people with dementia. This means reforming our Health and Social Care system and creating innovative models of housing such as this, which allows for people to retain a high degree of independence, whilst incorporating a social safety net within.”
The new scheme is to be located on the Shore Road in Greenisland and developed by ‘Choice’ Housing Association in conjunction with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.
Mr Dickson concluded: “This project demonstrates that caring for the most vulnerable in society requires a multi-agency and coordinated response, therefore we must allocate funding wisely across our entire budget to ensure people can access the high quality health and social care, housing and support they deserve.
“I therefore sincerely hope that the current budgetary impasse at the Assembly can be resolved, to ensure that funding for such pioneering facilities can be maintained, and indeed increased.”