Authors: Mental Health Services for the Elderly (West)
Event: 1995 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Gold
Award category: Most Improved Service
Abstract: 28 beds at Glenburn Private Hospital were initially "contracted out" by the Auckland Are Health Board to provide long-stay placement for "functionally ill" patients deemed otherwise "unplaceable". These people previously came from the 'back wards' of Kingseat and Carrington Hospitals where they lived in dormitories in old buildings and had little involvement with the outside world and an impoverished quality of life. Their move into a purpose-built private unit coincided with increased therapeutic input and for many residents their symptoms have improved sufficiently for them to live in less restrictive environments and to be discharged from Glenburn. This has threatened the financial viability of the unit so that alternative strategies to use available beds have evolved. Description of Facility/Organisation: 28-bed facility for rehabilitation of elderly people with long-term mental illness, serving the Auckland District.