St. Joseph's Community Nursing Unit, Trim, Co Meath

The staff of St Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit, would like to extend a very warm welcome to you. We hope that by working together, we will achieve the best possible care and outcomes.

St. Joseph’s CNU is a public residential care unit that provides a range of care options for older people in Meath which include: - assessment, slow stream rehabilitation, continuing care, respite, care of the dying and daycare. St Joseph's CNU is divided into two units, Camillus and Butterstream units.

Introduction & Aims of Our Service

St Jospeh’s Community Nursing Unit is located in the heart of Meath and is ideally situated within walking distance of the historic town of Trim. We are within a twenty minutes drive from Kells, Navan and Athboy.  Our location affords easy access from Dublin and the surrounding area while still retaining the charm of its historic idyllic country setting. Trim is a historic market town offering a wealth of attractions and activities.  Suitable for both adult groups and families, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Trim has wonderful amenities including the historic Trim Castle with pathways along the river Boyne to allow you enjoy a beautiful river walk away from traffic.  The Boyne Way begins at the meeting of the Blackwater and the Boyne. Trim is a good shopping town, with many award winning shops.  For evening entertainment, the numerous pubs and good food restaurants offer a warm, traditional welcome and ‘ceol agus craic’ to patrons.

St Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit is a ground floor HSE Residential Care Home. St. Joseph’s CNU currently provides care for 50 residents who require long short-term care. This service is available for both males and females who are over the age of 18 years.  We identify by pre admission assessment that we can meet their individual care needs in St. Joseph’s CNU. The following is the allocation to each area inclusive of long-stay and respite beds:

Joseph’s CNU


Total Beds

Camillus (Upper & Lower)

Male & Female


Butterstream (dementia specific)

Male & Female


In Camillus, Bedrooms consist of 34 Single Ensuite rooms  and 2 Single rooms which have an adjacent assisted toilet & shower room.  In Butterstream, there are 6 Bedrooms, 4 of which are multioccupancy & 2 of which are single.

There is 1fully Assisted Bathroom and 4 fully assisted Shower rooms located in close proximity to the bedrooms. Toilets are also located throughout the centre as well as Public Toilets located in close proximity to the main entrance.  There are a number of Living & Dining Rooms and smaller sitting/relaxation rooms in proximity to bedrooms, with other social/activity spaces located throughout the Centre and a Main Function Room in the hub of the Centre. 

Dementia Specific Service (Butterstream)

The Dementia Specific service cares exclusively for residents and respite service users who have a diagnosis of dementia by a suitably qualified medical practitioner.  The aim of this service is to ensure that the culture supports person centredness in an appropriate and secure physical environment and has a consistent and familiar team of specially trained staff. 

Staff ensure that lifestyle and leisure programmes are designed to meet individual needs and have a therapeutic effect. Interactions are focused on positive social routines to give a sense of enablement to residents and to enhance their abilities.  This is achieved through individual and small group activities that are totally focused on the well being of the resident.  Particular attention is given to communication and the provision of cues that help orientate the resident and promote their well being.  This is also enhanced by ensuring the provision of personal items that may give a sense of familiarity.  Depending on the individual needs of the resident, efforts are made to ensure that interactions take place within the wider St. Joseph’s community.  This is aimed at avoiding total isolation and segregation if this is not in the best interest of the individual resident. 

The overall aim of our service  is to provide a quality service that is equitable, accountable and appropriate to each residents needs, delivered in a holistic manner through a multidisciplinary team approach and care planning.

Vision Statement

We recognise the uniqueness and talents of all individual residents. We intend to provide a quality service that is equitable, accountable and appropriate to each resident’s need.

Our vision of patient centred care is one of a shared decision-making by our residents, families and carers in a homely setting where each person’s right to choice is valued.

We achieve this vision by being open to new ideas and ways of working, demonstrating a commitment to effective communication and teamwork and developing a practice to reflect our shared vision with our residents.                        

Philosophy of Care

We uphold the right of each individual to live independently for as long as possible in their own home, within their own community. We promote independence, health, well-being, and aim to provide a safe therapeutic environment where privacy, dignity and confidentiality are respected. We recognise, value and support the role of families in the ongoing care of our residents.  We will inform and include families in all care decisions.

Involvement of family and friends enrich care and contribute to a happy homely atmosphere.  Our philosophy is to embrace positive ageing and place the elderly person at the centre of all our decisions in relation to the provision of the residential service. We act as the residents advocate and provide a forum for residents to take an active role in relation to decisions of the service. We encourage individual choice and active participation in care related decisions based on effective communication and information exchange.

We recognise the expertise and valuable contribution of all staff and the importance of team working. We strive for excellence and ongoing learning and development to inform our high standards of care. Research and audit are used to validate and improve practice.