About Us


Western Alzheimers was set up in 1996 as a direct response to the lack of support and services available to people living with dementia in the west of Ireland. From its humble beginnings in a 4 bedroom house in Claremorris it now provides a purpose- built “home from home” overnight respite unit in Ballindine as well as delivering other services to some 5000 families across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Our vision, our mission and our work are all underpinned by our commitment to provide these essential support and services that meet the specific needs of people living with dementia across the region each year.

We offer families the choice of care supports and facilities which include, respite care, day care, in-home care in the person’s home as well as residential care. We also have a dementia advisor, dementia nurse specialists, a volunteer befriending service as well as family carer training and carer support meetings.

Marian House is currently increasing it’s capacity to to provide a 20 bed centre of excellence. Please click on our YouTube Icon to view the video of our brick laying ceremony on September 30th, 2022.

Our range of care and support services are funded through state support (HSE & DSP), fundraising activities, and philanthropic contributions.


Our Principles of Good Governance was signed by the Chairperson and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Western Alzheimers on December 7th 2015.


The current Chief Executive Officer was appointed on 1st May 2015

  • Pat Holmes

Western Alzheimers is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

  • Patrick Mchugh - Chairperson
  • Dr Ken Egan - Secretary
  • Seamus McNulty - Board Director
  • Martin Cunniffe - Board Director
  • Mairead Nally - Board Director
  • Therese O' Reilly - Board Director
  • Patrick O' Donnell - Board Director
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