The HSE is setting up a local development group to plan for meeting housing needs of people now living in the Sean O’Hare unit in Stranorlar.
The HSE issued a statement on Thursday to say that they are in the process of establishing a local development group before the end of the month. The group will involve parents, friends, housing department officials and other professionals in planning for future housing facilities to meet the needs of the people who are living in the Sean O’Hare unit.
The Sean O’Hare unit currently accommodates 17 residents who have an intellectual disability.
The HSE said that the existing building is classified as a “congregated setting [institution]” but does not meet the required design or standard of building that is necessary for people who have an intellectual disability and require a residential facility. They said this definition comes from the findings of a national report on congregated settings, “Time to Move on From Congregated Settings - A Strategy for Community Inclusion”.
The report, published in 2011, recommended that people living in settings of 10 or more people with disabilities should be moved with support into the community, saying community living offered the prospect of an improved lifestyle and quality of life.
Full report in today’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press