‘Supported Living ‘Unit for Rathmoyle

27 05 2015


APEX Housing Association has been appointed to take forward the development of the new Residential Accommodation/ Supported Living Unit at Rathmoyle House, Ballycastle.  They are holding a consultation meeting on the proposed scheme on Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 7pm in Rathmoyle Resource Centre, Mary Street, Ballycastle.

This will be an opportunity to hear more about this development and have the opportunity to see the architect’s plans.

Update from Northern Trust on Rathmoyle

25 04 2014


Update received by SDLP Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop on Rathmoyle supported living and Adult Day Centre provision

“The Trust would confirm that in respect of the development of a supported living facility on the site negotiations are continuing with a housing association to progress the development.  This has not progressed as quickly as we would have anticipated and we would hope to see the development commence within the 2015/16 new build programme.  The Trust remains fully committed to securing this provision for the benefit of the local population.

 This development is separate from the Rathmoyle Adult Centre provision on the same site. The Trust met with families of people who attend the adult centre in September 13 and advised them that the timeframe for any redevelopment of the supported living scheme would be in the 2015/16 programme. They indicated their preference for the retention of the current day care facility. We indicated that we would seek to facilitate both a supported living development and the retention of the current day care facility on the site. We also very clearly assured those who use the day centre and their relatives of our commitment that future plans will ensure that their need for day care continues to be met.”


The future for people living with dementia

16 02 2013


 Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called on the local community to take part in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust’s consultation on the implementation of the dementia strategy as it’s focus is on the accommodation needs of people living with dementia.

“Given the expected changes for Rathmoyle, it is important that adequate provision is made for the increasing number of people living with dementia ” 

Councillor Cunningham said “The strategy focused on improving understanding and early diagnosis, and on the need for support and training for staff as well as supporting  the independence of those affected by dementia”

“There is no doubt that we have an ever-increasing elderly population and it is estimated that the number of people aged over 85 will double in the next two decades. Advances in medical research, cutting-edge treatments and improvements in care have all played a major part in increasing life expectancy; however, the positive impact on physical health can be severely undermined by the progressive and incurable causes of dementia.”

With a predicted 25% increase in the number of dementia sufferers in the next two decades, there is no denying the extent of the problem and the need for committed focus in tackling the issues. Poor diagnosis along with low levels of understanding and awareness of dementia has contributed to the crisis.

What are they consulting on?

The ongoing implementation of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust’s dementia strategy Adding Life to Years’, is about delivering the latest models of care based on national guidance and research for people living with dementia.

The Trust  want to hear your views in relation to one aspect of the dementia strategy; meeting the accommodation needs of people living with dementia. 

We need to see an improvement in the way we provide care for people living with dementia who need a higher level of care than can be provided in their own homes.

It is important that everyone; people living with dementia, carers, local people and voluntary organisations and our staff, take part in the consultation and enure their views are heard.

You can access the consultation here  emi_consultation_booklet_pdf[1] or alternativley email your views to Cllr Dónal Cunningham at cllr.dcunningham@moyle-council.org