Criteria for the future of residents of St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort has been discussed at a meeting between the HSE and parents and relatives.
Relatives of the residents of St Mary’s are concerned that a national policy of decongregation – which entails moving residents into the community is a one size fits all approach which won’t work for everyone.
The HSE acknowledged that initial communication in relation to plans for the 77 residents fell short of the standard the authority expects.
The residents, some of whom have lived at the Beaufort facility for decades, have learning disabilities.
Chief Officer with the HSE Ger Reaney met with representatives of the parents’ and relatives’ group to allay some of the concerns and anxieties.
The HSE has told management at St John of God Services that any discussions on living arrangements in the future with residents or their families will be face-to-face.
It was agreed residents will only move out of St Mary’s if they and their family agrees it is in their best interest and any move will only come after considerable planning and discussion.
If any resident moves, it will only be to enhance their life and they will continue to access services.
The meeting heard if a resident experiences difficulties all options including moving back to St Mary’s will be explored.
A group involving family members, the HSE and St John of God is also being considered