Improving people’s lives in Northern Ireland

Housing with care
at Kirk House

About Kirk House

Kirk House is situated approximately six miles from the centre of Belfast is a well-established residential area. It is within walking distance of shops, health centre, post office and is on a main bus route. The recently landscaped grounds are laid out in lawns and flower beds, with patio and seating areas which are easily accessible.

Accommodation

Forty-two individual flatlets, four of which have been designed for couples, and two of which are suitable for disabled residents. There are also communal dining and social areas.

Each flatlet has its own front door with door bell and letter box.

It also comprises...

  • Small kitchenette with fridge
  • En-suite shower room with fold-down shower seat, WC and wash hand basin
  • Open plan bed-sitting room which residents can furnish if they wish

Memory Lane for dementia

In 2014, Kirk House adapted one wing into ‘Memory Lane’, providing safe and supportive accommodation for nine residents with dementia.

In Memory Lane major changes were made to residents’ flats and communal areas, combining a cutting edge approach to dementia design with a homely feel to make residents more comfortable and independent and reduce confusion.  Features such as contrasting colours and bright lighting, work alongside personal touches like encouraging residents to choose the colour and number of their own front door to help them find their way. These features also help with retaining memory.

All staff throughout Kirk House, including catering and housekeeping, have completed Dementia Friends training, with Care Staff also completing Best Practice in Dementia Care.

Activities & Services in Kirk House

  • Home cooking
  • Hairdresser
  • Beautician
  • Podiatry
  • Laundry service
  • Library with computer & internet facilities
  • Weekly church service
  • Shopping trips & bus runs
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Reminiscence
  • Chair aerobics
  • Entertainment nights