Monthly Archives: April 2015

Who knew Greenhaw was hip?

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

Paddy Nash & the Happy Enchiladas heard Stanley Feeney was a resident here in Greenhaw Lodge Care Home. Stanley was well known to them as he had played with Frank Sinatra many moons ago. Paddy and the gang requested a one-off musical collaboration with Stanley on the drums. Our resident Events Organiser and Stanley’s personal agent, […]

Diamond Celebrations

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

  At Kingsland Care Centre, Bangor we were honoured to join in the celebrations as one of our resident’s Rita celebrated 60 years of marriage to Joe. It turned out to be a ‘diamond’ day as Rita received a wonderful bouquet of her favourite flowers. Even the Queen was in the know!  

Dunanney Valentines Party & Dance

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

Dunanney Care Home residents love to sing and dance. We are lucky to have residents that danced professionally and to watch them in action is a beautiful sight. Tracy Turner, Activities Organiser arranged for Dance Unlimited to entertain in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day to appreciate love in all its forms – the stuff that […]

An abundance of activity at Melmount Manor

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

  Thanks to our Activity Co-ordinator, Veronica, at Melmount Manor Care Home.  The Residents here enjoyed a busy December of activity and entertainment.

Extra-Curricular at Culmore Manor

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

It’s not all work and no play for the staff and residents at Culmore Manor Care Home. Over the past number of years St Columb’s College have visited the nursing home as part of their “Citizenship Programme”.  Around 12 boys call once a week for a period of 10 weeks before moving to another part […]

The Glebe – Adopt a Donkey Day

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

  On 14th November 2014 Glebe Care Centre celebrated Adopt a Donkey Day. The event was in aid of abused and neglected donkeys. Many residents had previously lived on farms and had donkeys of their own which made this occasion very special and it was particularly good for reminiscing.

Apple Blossom Lodge, a snapshot

April 21st, 2015 (No Comments)

Joseph and Andy come rushing in through the front door, beaming from ear to ear.  “We have an egg, we have an egg!” Andy’s arm outstretched showing off their find.  (Ten days ago we added 2 hens to our menagerie of two goats, two cats and one ‘day care’ greyhound.)

Larchwood Care (NI) Limited
First Floor

Unit 16 Crescent Industrial Estate
Ballinderry Road

BT28 2GN

Tel: 028 92 669 360

20 October 2021

The roll out of the vaccination programme in Northern Ireland has been another important mechanism which has helped the reduction in risk to us all within society.  We are delighted that within the Care Homes a very significant percentage of residents have been vaccinated and whilst we remain committed to the continued diligence of wearing PPE and enhanced infection control measures the impact of COVID-19 in the last 3 months has reduced.  Whilst acknowledging these pleasing outcomes most recent news of outbreaks in some local areas and a rise of cases associated with societal mixing reminds us not to be complacent.

In the last 24 hours we have received the updated guidance in respect of the step on the visiting pathway “Gradual Easing”.  Having considered the content of this document we have risk assessed our own local arrangements and are pleased to outline the plans in place for the Larchwood Care NI Homes below:

Virtual, Window, End of Life Visiting and Care Partners

There have not been any changes in the arrangements for the above visiting opportunities.  All continue to be available within the Homes and can be booked, where necessary, through the Home Administrator.


General Visiting


In line with the Regional guidelines referenced above Larchwood Care NI is also facilitating General and Room Visits.  The difference between a General Visit and a Room Visit is the location in which they take place within the Home.  A General Visit will take place within the designated visiting area of the Home and a Room Visit, for those residents unable to come to the visiting area, will take place in the Resident’s room.


All General and Room visits must be pre-booked and you will be asked a series of risk assessment questions as part of this booking process.  Booking can take place Monday – Friday 1000 – 1100 hours or 1400-1500 hours, by phoning the Care Home.  The following guidelines will help you to understand the process and arrangements for both types of visits


  • Book in advance.
  • Undertake risk assessment over the phone.
  • 4 visitors from a maximum of 2 households may visit up to four times per week for maximum 60 minutes.
  • Visitors may include children. Children are included within the maximum 4 persons per visit.
  • Arrive to the Home wearing a face mask 20 minutes prior to your visiting slot.
  • All visitors will be swabbed using a rapid antigen COVID-19 test.
  • You will be asked to wait until the result of your test is confirmed as negative
  • You may touch and hold hands with the resident and brief hugging is now permitted.



In facilitating this wide range of visiting activities and care partner arrangements you will understand the burden placed on staff time to undertake the administration and facilitation of these.  Each Home will therefore have a maximum number of general and virtual visits available per week and we would ask that all relatives, family and friends are understanding of this.


In addition to visiting, independently mobile residents may avail of meeting with relatives in the grounds and gardens of the Homes.  Residents may also now enjoy brief trips outside of the Home with loved ones.  These trips will be accommodated where restrictions such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks and the use of hand sanitiser can be facilitated.  Such visits will be risk assessed by the care home and further direction on these can be sought through the Home Manager.


Care Partner arrangements within the Homes continue and visits by Church Ministers and Faith Groups are in addition to the above visiting arrangements.


All visitors, including Care Partners, in their daily lives are reminded of the need to ensure good personal hygiene, use of face coverings as required and to exercise their judgement on the need to use public transport for the benefit of all residents and staff in the Home.