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£2.5m dementia centre lying nearly empty

A state of the art supported living centre for people with dementia is lying practically empty a year-and-a-half after it first opened its doors.

The 15 supported living cottages at Gnangra in Enniskillen are part of a £2.5m joint residential and assisted living home specialised for people with dementia.

When it opened it in October 2011 it was hailed as being at the forefront of dementia care in the United Kingdom, however, only two of the fifteen spaces - which cost £502.50 per week - are currently occupied with tenants, according to The Detail.

In a statement the Western Health Trust commented that with any new scheme there is a “lead-in period” and stated: “The trust is working with all the partner organisations to promote the scheme to people in the Fermanagh area. Uptake is entirely dependent on someone’s choice of accommodation and this scheme is regularly promoted by the Trust and its staff.”

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