11 Jul L’Arche Community in Śledziejowice, Poland
L’Arche Foundation, a community in Śledziejowice.
Financing the construction of a new residential care home.
L’Arche Foundation is specialised in projects that center around the care and well – being of people with intellectual disabilities. Small residential care homes are a traditional form of support where people with disabilities can receive support 24 hours per day thanks to their live-in caretakers. Currently, L’Arche in Poland runs seven assisted living centers, including one in Śledziejowice.
The first house for people with intellectual disabilities in Poland was built in Śledziejowice near Kraków in 1981. 42 years have now passed since the first house was built, and the residents who found their place in Śledziejowice in the 1980s are already elderly, some are wheelchair-bound, others need a lot of support in everyday life. Unfortunately, it is not technically possible to effectively remove architectural barriers in this old building. Hence, the L’Arche Foundation decided to build a new house that would be fully accessible and friendly to all its residents. This is a one-story house that meets the requirements of the regulations on social care homes. The building will consist of two residential segments with a total of 12 independent small flats and a chapel. Each segment has a separate entrance and a common area: kitchen, dining room and living room with a large terrace, as well as storage areas and technical facilities. All residents will have independent rooms with their own bathrooms as well as a kitchenette and equipment adapted to individual needs. The house will be located in the vicinity of the Occupational Therapy Workshop, so it will be easy for the residents to benefit from various forms of therapy. Estimated construction cost is 9,5 mln PLN.