Hanover Infirmary is over 100 years old as an institution designed to provide care for the infirm and most needy residents of the parish. As a symbol of the increasing awareness of the parish community, the Parish Council replaced its age-old buildings recently by constructing a state of the art facility, through assistance from the CHASE Fund. The new facilities are among the most modern of its kind in Jamaica. Located at Watson Taylor Drive in Lucea, with its salubrious environment, a museum, playground, library and church, all in very close proximity, the just under 100 residents, evenly divided between males and females can live out their remaining days in peace.
The Parish Council is responsible for the immediate management of the Hanover Infirmary, however, all policies regarding management and operations are the purview of the Board of Supervision as a department of the Office of the Prime Minister, through the Poor Relief Act. Day to day management is the responsibility of a Matron and Staff.
As regards funding, the major financial support for the Infirmary is derived from the Government of Jamaica, with benevolent donations voluntarily made in cash and kind from NGO’s, service and religious organizations and private individuals.
Residents of the Infirmary are provided a homely environment, where apart from the vital social setting where people who would otherwise need social interaction find ‘family’. Other basic needs such as medical, nutritional and personal care are routine.
The Infirmary is managed by a Matron as an indoor division of the Poor Relief Department, which is headed by an Inspector.
Through an established system of evaluation, Poor Relief Officers at the Parish Council may recommend the admission of new residents.