TX: RTÉ Thursday 28 December 2017 @ 21.30 pm
CAREBRIGHT COMMUNITY, BRUFF
This is the Brennan’s biggest Christmas Challenge ever!
The Brennans are called in to fit out and furnish Ireland’s first purpose-built community for people living with dementia.
Will they be able to finish the fit-out in time for the open day?
The village of Bruff near Limerick is soon going to be the proud home of Ireland’s first purpose-built community for people living with dementia. Based along the lines of a successful Dutch dementia village, it’s the brainchild of CareBright, a not-for-profit care organisation. They’re aiming to create a retro’, yet futureproof, safe environment, that will allow people living with dementia to lead as normal a life as possible. Ireland currently has 55,000 people officially diagnosed with dementia.
CareBright believe that the project will help change the face of dementia care here.
The scale of the project is beyond previous Brennan Christmas Specials, requiring considerable donations to finish the project. Proposals for the 4-acre site include a large community hub building with a 40-seat restaurant, hairdressing salon, consultation rooms, offices, a small gym and spa. These facilities will be available to both the residents and to the local community.
In addition there are 3 separate private houses planned, each of which will be home to 6 residents. In each house there will be a communal sitting room, kitchen and a snug or “nook” area. Each resident will have a private bedroom, with a small sitting area, en-suite bathroom and patio.
The construction is nearly complete but CareBright have asked the Brennan brothers to fit out the buildings and grounds. They need to find furniture to furnish every house, tables and chairs for the restaurant, landscaping for the gardens, etc. An important part of the Brennan’s appeal will be to secure vintage and retro’ pieces with nostalgic value, which will help towards reducing stress and anxiety in residents.
Along the way Francis and John will be meeting people living with dementia and their families and carers, and shining a light on this devastating condition.