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Co Louth facing major shortage of nursing home beds in the next few years

Co Louth facing major shortage of nursing home beds in the next few years

Co Louth and Ireland as a whole faces a major shortage of nursing home beds in the next eight years.

That’s according to a new study from Bank of Ireland, published in the Sunday Business Post yesterday.

The report found that a considerable increase in nursing home beds was required around the country in order to meet the demands of an ever-aging population.

The review projects a 7,214 bed shortfall nationwide by 2026.

Of these there will be a shortfall of 302 beds in Co Louth – the ninth highest tally in the country.

The problem is laid bare by the fact that Kildare is the only county predicted to have a surplus in eight years time.

The report also warns that the average cost of building new beds has increased dramatically over the past four years – rising from an average of €90,000 per bed to €160,000 per bed.

In recent times there have been planning applications locally for new nursing homes in both the Cooley Peninsula and at Mount Avenue although none have come to fruition as yet.

Pictured above: Dealgan House Nursing Home in Dundalk

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