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High Support Housing
Cork Simon has five high-support houses providing high levels of round-the-clock care every night for 52 men and women whose health and other needs are such that they are not able to live independently. All five houses are staffed on a 24 hour basis by experienced care workers and trained volunteers.
Cork Simon’s five high-support houses are:
- Clanmornin House, Boreenmanna Road
- Gateway, Leitrim Street
- Mill House, Anderson’s Quay
- Tír na nÓg, Blackrock
- 6 Parkview, Victoria Road.
People staying at Cork Simon’s high-support houses have very high care and support needs. The focus is on enabling people to manage those needs and build quality of life. In many cases people move-on to more independent living in an apartment or social housing with medium levels of support for as long as people need it.
Throughout 2011 a total of 70 people stayed at Cork Simon’s high-support houses. 14% were female. 93% required regular health care with 59% of people requiring care for their mental health whilst 91% required care for their physical health. 40% were admitted to A&E whilst 63% attended hospital out-patient appointments. The scale of health appointments indicates the very high support needs of this group of people.
In 2010 Cork Simon Community conducted a health study among all people using Cork Simon projects and services during the last week of July. Homelessness Makes You Sick found that among high-support housing residents:
- 81% had a diagnosed physical health condition.
- The most common conditions were Wounds & Injuries (32%), Heart related conditions (27%), digestive disorders (24%) and muscle and bone disorders (22%).
- 56% had two or more diagnosed physical health conditions.
- 59% had a diagnosed mental health condition.
- The most common mental health conditions were Depression (41%), Schizophrenia (17%), and Bipolar Disorder (7%).
- 24% had at least two diagnosed mental health conditions.
- 49% had both a diagnosed physical and mental health condition.
- 15% attempted suicide in the previous six months.
- 15% self-harmed.