‘The last of our breed’ – John Walsh
The last of the family have been sold off by the company that runs the nursing home in West Wicklow, where the family had been held since 2006.
John Walsh, the managing director, said the family’s fate was decided when the company’s chief executive, Paul Walsh, was diagnosed with cancer in August last year.
He said the sale of the business would give a boost to the area and would create jobs for local people.
“The company has always been run in the best interests of its customers, its employees and its community.
We will always work closely with the community to deliver the best possible care and support for its customers,” Mr Walsh said.”
We are not looking to do this to one family but we recognise the importance of our customers and the local community and want to do the best we can to give them the best care possible.”
Mr Walsh said the business was now “relatively stable” with the family staying at a home in the town.
Mr Walsh thanked the community for their “wonderful support” and said they were grateful for the company and its staff for the years of service they provided.
He added that the family would not be returning to the care home anytime soon.
“I know there are some families that have been there for many, many years and they are in good hands, I don’t know how many years,” he said.
“There are some people who want to see it go, but I have no idea what will happen next.
I am hopeful it will go in a good direction.”
The Irish Times understands the family is being sold off for a total of $400,000, with Mr Walsh’s assets to be transferred to a family trust.
The business has been operating in West, North and South Wicklow since 2006, with a total clientele of over 1,000.
The Walshes have been held at the nursing homes since 2006 and have a total population of about 3,000 people.
The sale of their business, which had been in the care of a private company, to the Walshs comes amid increasing concern over the care in care homes.
In February, it emerged that the care system in the community was being overhauled, with the aim of bringing in a new care model that would allow carers to receive up to 40% of their earnings as wages.
A total of 25% of the Welshes’ pay was being paid in the form of an incentive pay package.
In July, a Care Quality Commission report found that the number of people in care was spiralling, with carers now paid less than half of what they were paid for years.
A spokesman for the Care Quality Authority said it had recently received an anonymous complaint about a number of care homes, but said it was unable to comment on individual cases.
However, he said the regulator had “not received any complaints about the current situation”.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that while there were “anecdotal and anecdotal” allegations of “unfair and poor treatment”, it was the responsibility of carers and other carers who were being discriminated against to report concerns to the Carers’ Commissioner.
The commissioner can investigate complaints against a carer or other carer if they feel they have been treated unfairly, the spokesman said.
In the past two years, the Care Standards Agency has reported that some carers have been forced to retire and some have faced sanctions, while the number who have been suspended has risen to nearly one in five carers.