The Mörk nursing home on the east side of Reykjavík will be converting ten of its rooms into specialized psychiatric nursing suites, RÚV reports. The conversion is being funded by the Ministry of Health at the nursing home’s request, and is expected to incur a relatively modest increased operation cost of ISK 15 million [$121,115; €106,827] per year.
“Although there aren’t many individuals in need of such resources, it’s very important that they are guaranteed suitable support and this can’t be done as well in standard nursing units, in that their needs for support and facilities are not the same as the needs of other residents,” explained Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir.
Currently, ten of Mörk’s 113 rooms are outfitted as psychiatric nursing suites. The nursing home’s mental health care facilities have been operated in their own unit since the home was opened in 2010.