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Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) Services

The Department of Health and Social Care provide separate units in different areas of the Isle of Man dedicated to Elderly Mentally Infirm ('EMI') residents. Details of this service can be found below.

Following review of the care services on offer to the Elderly Mentally Infirm in 2000, 3 long stay EMI units were created, along with 3 days centres which are situated in the north, south and centre of the Island.

EMI Services

  • The southern unit, Gansey Unit, opened in 2003. This unit is situated within Southlands resource centre. Gansey Unit comprises 12 beds, 11 long stay and one short term bed. Adjacent to Gansey Unit is a day centre, Gansey Day Centre, which caters for up to 15 clients a day

  • The central unit, Thie Meanagh opened in 2010. Thie Meanagh has one 16 bedded EMI unit and one day centre which caters for up to 15 clients a day

  • The northern unit, Reayrt Skyal opened in 2013. This unit has 14 long stay beds and 2 short stay beds. There is also a day centre adjoining this unit


Gansey Unit

Southlands Resource Centre

Church Road

Port St Mary

Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 831810

Reayrt Skyal Day Centre

Gardeners Lane


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 686731

Thie Meanagh EMI Unit

Manor Woods



Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 686725

The primary function of EMI units is to care for older people with mental illness or those who present challenging behaviour arising from Dementia which cannot be managed in another care environment. All people coming into EMI services are assessed to ensure that the service provided is suitable for the individual’s needs.


Contact the Older People’s Social Work Team through the Adult Services Access Team;

Adult Services Access Team

Telephone:+44 1624 686179

Email:Send Email

Referrals are also taken through the Older People’s Mental Health Service (OPMHS) which is responsible for those over the age of 65 with mental health problems. To contact OPMHS please Telephone: +44 1624 642879. 

After referral to EMI services, the care and suitability for placement will be reviewed at least once every 4 months. Residents/clients and their families will be invited to be part of this review process. If, following this review, the assessed care needs of the resident/client has changed and placement within EMI units is no longer appropriate, staff will offer guidance for ongoing care. Residents, clients and their families are actively encouraged to participate in all decisions regarding care plans, from the point of referral, through on-going reviews, right to the point of discharge.

EMI drop in facility

We also offer a service called the ‘Good Neighbour Scheme’ which is a drop in facility and can be offered to clients for periods of up to four hours a day whilst their carer attends other appointments such as hospital appointments or goes shopping, etc.

Cost of EMI Services

Read the latest costs of the Resource Centre and EMI Services.

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