17 November 2005

Irish stereotypes

A nursing home in Ireland has hit on a cheering way to keep up the spirits of its elderly patients -- by providing its own pub.

St Mary's Hospital in County Monaghan, near the Irish border with Northern Ireland, believes ready access to a good pint may help its patients -- average age 85 -- actually live longer.

"We would say the whole social aspect of life does extend the years -- it means the patients aren't bored to death," Rose Mooney, assistant director of nursing told Reuters.

The pub, which opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. and charges normal bar prices, had also led to an increase in the number of visitors, she said.

Having its own bar made the hospital, which has around 140 patients, unique in Ireland, she added.

5 comments:

caprice said...

Aoife, we will do everything in our power to get you there!!

Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

nice article and nice blog too. thanks

aoife said...

ya better. and forget the stereotype stuff, have ya been in a nursing home lately? did you enjoy the visit? were you counting the minutes until you could politely leave? personally if i could go sit somewhere engage in some adult conversation as opposed to bingo and the other 'entertainment' offered.

houseofpain said...

nursing homes are so sad. this might be worth leaving america for.

Newsandseduction said...

great piece of information.