A new 40 bed residential mental health unit. It comprises four ten-bedroomed “households” with one serving also as a rehabilitation unit. It also includes a communal central module and a District Main Kitchen which serves the wider Killarney Residential Services and community Meals on Wheels. The communal module includes therapy areas, a foyer/café, a prayer room and staff facilities.
4,000 m² (43,055 ft²)
“It is very uplifting to see a building of this finish in Kerry for the purpose of providing a service to those individuals who require it in the area of mental health. This facility will undoubtedly provide an environment conducive to the therapeutic process for both those receiving a service and those providing the service.
I wish to sincerely thank and acknowledge the work of all those involved with the Project Group and I think it is fair to say that the end result is testament to the collaborative partnership that has existed”
Mary G. O'Mahony (Area Director of Nursing, Kerry Mental Health Services)
This project provides accommodation for continuing care for older people with challenging behaviour or dementia, for older people with higher dependency / physical care needs and for adults of all ages with severe enduring mental illness with risk.
Each household is designed to the Teaghlach (household) model of care based on resident-centred, and ultimately resident-directed, care.
The building is designed to be non-institutional in nature where the focus is on the promotion of emotional wellbeing. The facility allows residents to receive ongoing care services in a setting which encourages them to live to their fullest, enjoying social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of life and meaningful connections with others while receiving all the physical care that they require.
Each household features integrated social spaces, private landscaped courtyards and therapy spaces. The rehabilitation module features therapy rooms, a therapy courtyard, a training kitchen and a patient laundry where the rehabilitation program is primarily focused on occupational therapy. The building caters for medium to long-term stays.
The project was delivered in BIM (Level 2) from concept stage through to completion and handover of the O&M manual and safety file.