New Aging Well Centre

Pictured at the unveiling were Angela Ring, CEO, Bartra Healthcare, Douglas Collins, CEO Tallaght University Hospital Foundation, Prof. Sean Kennelly, Professor in Geriatrician, TUH,  Lucy Nugent, CEO, TUH, Ian Fennell, Head of Construction, Bartra, Kelly Crowley, Head of Development, TUH, Sr Frances Crowe and Sr. Anne Nevin.

Tallaght Hospital Foundation has announced a ground-breaking €7.6 million investment to allow the establishment of a new state-of-the-art Aging Well Centre in Clondalkin Village, Dublin.

A hospital spokesperson said this aligned with their vision for improved services and infrastructure, extending beyond its walls and underscoring its dedication to making that happen.   The new centre will focus on brain health, bone health, falls and frailty.

“Thanks to the partnership with TUHF and Bartra Healthcare, TUH will be able to provide a  community based centre where older people from Clondalkin will be able to access clinical and social care closer to their homes and families in a truly  holistic environment.   It is fully aligned with the hospital’s 5-year strategic plan and Sláintecare, with the convent having been identified as the ideal location due to its central position within Clondalkin,” said TUH CEO, Lucy Nugent.

Prof. Sean Kennelly, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine said, “The clinical expertise required to deliver the service will be based in a series of  state-of-the-art gerontological care outpatient suites and an exercise/rehabilitation gym area under the governance of the TUH  Department of Age-Related Health, staffed by hospital staff.

The Centre will also have a social hub, with a volunteer café , and an activities hub for music, art and social gatherings.   A community-based aging well centre aims to help with early patient assessment, support hospital avoidance and reduce the risk of patients presenting to ED for crisis management.  It is planned to shift from an unplanned care approach to a person-centred, planned and coordinated approach.