A major investment in a nursing home in Portlaoise could create a much needed jobs boost in building and healthcare.
Directors, Bernie and Joe Brennan, Angela and Cyril Duggan told the Leinster Express that they were delighted to confirm that planning permission has been granted for a new 'state of the art' extension to Ballard Lodge Nursing home on the Borris Road in Portlaoise.
The extension will comprise of 74 beds, ancillary accommodation and result in an investment of €8 million.
Ballard Lodge has been open for 12 years.
“The design team of Crowley , Lyons and co have come up with a unique single storey layout comprising of four smaller residential areas, all self- contained with each bedroom having a garden view . A feature of the new extension will be a courtyard accessible to all residents.
“We are also happy that the construction will be completed with no disruption to the current unit.
“We’re delighted that one of the four residential units will be a specific dementia unit. This specialist care unit will address the specific needs of people with dementia and the needs of their families,” said the directors.
The directors say its hoped that the provision of extra beds in Portlaoise will help to alleviate the pressures on the regional hospitals whilst also creating much needed employment in the locality.
The construction phase will create up to 100 jobs. When the nursing home is fully operational it will employ 110 staff creating an additional 70 jobs.
“We are particularly pleased for our staff, who work incredibly hard to provide an excellent service and we look forward to working with them on this exciting new much needed development,” concluded a statement.