Ashbrook House to close this week

Ashbrook House residential mental health facility in Mohill will be closing its doors on October 1.

Ashbrook House residential mental health facility in Mohill will be closing its doors on October 1.

The building was built in 1856 as a famine hospital but in its most recent incarnation, has served as a residential home for five Co Leitrim people aged 50 to over 70.

The residents have medium to high dependency and severe and enduring mental health needs and they will now be relocated to facilities in Sligo.

In October 2010, the Mental Health Commission recommended closure of Ashbrook House saying that mental health; services should reconfigure community residential care to meet the different needs of residents.

Despite major investment in maintenance and renovation of the property over the years the HSE recognised that it was no longer possible to bring it up to the high standards required.

The five residents were reassessed by a multi disciplinary team in May and they will be moved to suitable accommodation and services. All five require care in supervised residential units and 24-hour nursing support and this will be provided in Sligo, the nearest location to Mohill.

The projected date for the move is the 1st October.

In a short statement to the Leitrim Observer, HSE West said that they had kept the residents and their families aware of what was happening and each of the residents had visited their new homes.