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Cayman Islands Residential Mental Health Facility

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“Designed to empower residents to become active participants in their recovery journey and the recovery of their peers”

The Cayman Islands’ new Long Term Residential Mental Health Facility is part of a continuum of mental health services funded by the Cayman Government Ministry of Health & Culture, targeting patients who are beyond the need for acute inpatient care. Envisioned to be a Therapeutic Farm Community, it is an alternative to the traditional hospital. It is a safe, dignified, convivial, comforting treatment milieu located in a pastoral setting and designed to empower residents to become active participants in their recovery journey and the recovery of their peers.

Immediately on arrival is a beautiful sand garden reminiscent of Island’s famed Royal Botanical Gardens. Just beyond the garden is a generous breezeway that interconnects three facilities, one each for administration, dining and social therapy, around an open courtyard.  Known as the village square, this cluster of buildings houses many critical functions including staff offices, exam room, counselling spaces, multi-purpose activity, meeting and class rooms, as well as a lobby-reception with coffee club and gift shop serviced by residents. Beyond the village square, embedded in the existing groves of trees is a suite of nine cottages, clustered into three groups of three. Each cottage accommodates 6 resident bedrooms with private washroom, a shared living room, breezeway, patio and garden. 

Here, residents engage in meaningful, shared work experiences, from gardening and animal care to cheese making and woodworking, as well as music and crafting along with psychiatric consultation, to strengthen their vocational skills, social aptitude, and emotional competency. This model has been demonstrated to improve medication compliance, reduce symptoms and relapses, impart job readiness and build self-esteem. It effectively increases residents’ chances of suc

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Completion Date: 2018
Project Type: Healthcare
Building Size: 47,000 sq. ft.


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