In 2011, the Sonas project was launched. RESPECT were determined to help the Daughters of Charity Service move residents from the old model of institutional care to a more integrated type village setting with no high walls and no closed gates. Sonas comprises six specially designed bungalows providing 36 private bedrooms, a Special Dementia unit the Willow and Meadow View Centre and a high Support unit known as Grange Apartments. These new buildings are clustered around landscaped courtyards beside the original St Joseph’s residential wings. Each new building is specifically designed to meet the needs of the individuals residing in them.
The individualised model of care guiding the services provided in St. Joseph’s ensures that the service users are encouraged to live active and inclusive lives in their retirement years. This is achieved through a proactive approach to the health and social needs of the older person.
The high standard of design and attention to detail and level of care led to the project receiving both Building Project of the Year and also Specialist Care Centre of the Year in the Irish Health Care Awards 2014.
The project was delivered by the Daughters of Charity Service Disability support Service with €4 million funding from RESPECT and matching Capital Assistance Grants from Fingal County Council and Government.