The MS Care Centre

MS Care Centre

The MS Care Centre is the only dedicated respite centre for people with Multiple Sclerosis inIreland and is a place for residents to learn more about their MS and find ways to self-managetheir condition. It offers short-term respite care to people with MS and other neurological conditions, therapeutic services, neurological assessments and many social activities in a homely environment in the suburbs of Dublin. Our ‘home away from home’ is a place of rest and relaxation for people from all over Ireland.

The MS Care Centre is HIQA registered and provides the highest standard of quality respite.

Within the MS Care Centre the aim of respite is to:

  • Provide the support needed to help individuals remain at home, sustain caring relationships, continue to work, prevent crises, and live the life of their choice to their fullest potential.
  • Help both clients and 
  • Help carers to safeguard their health, avoiding physical or emotional exhaustion and enabling them to continue caring and living a life of their choice.
  • Provide regular and flexible breaks as an early intervention which help in preventing crises.

All of the staff team at MS Care Centre are committed to:

  • Developing and improving the quality of life of residents
  • Preserving the autonomy of residents and promoting free expression of opinion and freedom of choice.
  • Maintaining a safe physical and emotional environment
  • Ensuring the privacy, respect and the dignity of residents
  • Supporting and respecting the rights of all persons employed in the service and providing continuing ongoing professional development
  • Providing formal training to staff to equip them with the skills and competencies necessary to meet the needs of residents

MS Care Centre Facilities

MS Care Centre comprises of 12 ensuite accessible bedrooms. There are 2 sitting rooms, aquiet room, dining room, coffee dock, physiotherapy suite, library/art room, boardroom,reception area and offices, 3 public wheelchair accessible toilets. The compliment of staff is such that the Care Centre can meet the needs of residents in the low to high care dependency level category. The Care Centre can accommodate a maximum of 6 high care dependency residents at any one time with hoist assisted beds. It is our experience that people with high levels of complex needs find it impossible to source age and need appropriate respite. Within the care centre we respond, in part, to this need with the level of expertise  amongst the staff compliment.

The MS Care Centre provides short term respite care on a planned basis. Each week a maximum of 12 residents can enjoy a number of social and therapeutic activities such as yoga, massage, day trips, physiotherapy, and a personalised neurological nursing assessment. In our current structure we have a core compliment of approximately 450-500 admissions annually that avail of the respite service, and we aim to offer them the opportunity to avail of a respite breaks. These can vary from 5, 7 or 12 nights depending on individual circumstances and requests. 

Referrals or enquiries for admission may come from acute hospitals, discharge coordinators,  community based professionals or directly from a person with MS. English is the language spoken at the MS Care Centre and we can facilitate residents who do not speak English by providing the support of an interpretative service. All admissions to MS Care Centre as far as possible are planned. Pre-assessment will be completed to ensure that all necessary equipment, knowledge and competency are available to meet the resident’s needs. 

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