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Sonas acquires Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home in Milltown

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NEW OWNERS: Residential care home operator, Sonas, has acquired Ashborough Nursing Home in Milltown. Pictured from front l-r: David Coto from Ballymcelligott and Julia Diggins from Tonevane Tralee. Back l-r were: Sheilah Climaco (Person in Charge) and Seamus Crawley (Director). Photo: Domnick Walsh

 

Residential care home operator, Sonas, has acquired Ashborough Nursing Home in Milltown. The acquisition means Sonas now has three homes in Munster – the others are in Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary, with the capacity to care for 166 residents.

 

Sonas acquired Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home – and a second home, Innis Ree Lodge near Lanesborough, Co. Roscommon – from the Allenfield Group.

Sonas Nursing Home Ashborough as it will now be known provides retirement, palliative, convalescent, dementia and respite care.

Residents are encouraged to maintain their own independence as much as possible and all of the 58 beds come with a private en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. The home employs 60 staff bringing the total employed by Sonas to over 750.

Sonas, was founded in 2001 by Seamus Crawley, John Mangan and Gerry Jordan with the establishment of SonasNursing Home, Cloverhill in Co. Roscommon. The company now has 12 homes and four retirement villages across seven counties.

Seamus, who is the Chair of the company - and like John a qualified nurse – said they were delighted to welcome the residents and staff of Ashborough into the Sonas family.

Ashborough, like Sonas, has a well-deserved reputation for providing high quality care to residents based on mutual respect and trust. We are really looking forward to getting to know the residents who have made the home their home and to working closely with their families who give us such great support.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank every member of the dedicated team at Sonas Ashborough, led by Sheilah Climaco, for all their hard work at what is a very challenging time for everyone, but especially nursing homes.”

John Mangan, Director at Sonas Nursing Homes Group added that "enhancing the lives of our residents is our priority".

"All our homes are encouraged to maintain their own individual character based on their relationships and connections with the local community. Those relationships have never been more important and community solidarity has played a critical role in helping us to get through this challenging period. By investing and enhancing our homes, by working closely with residents’ families and the teams at Ashborough and our other homes, our aim is always to provide the best care possible to residents.”

For more information on Sonas Nursing Homes or to enquire about a career at Sonas go to www.sonas.ie.

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

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“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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