Ireland to phase out aged care homes in next 20 years and replace with retirement villages

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Shades of ECH in Adelaide, who have over 100 ‘villages’ or cluster homes.

Under the new Irish model, small housing communities would be built with access to local health and social services where residents could live together and receive regular health check-ups.

Minister for Older People Jim Daly says the country has already succeeded in cutting the average stay in aged care from seven years to two, and the new model will ensure everyone has “their own front door” unless they become acutely ill and need hospital care.

ECH has been successful for 30 years with a similar model.