Monthly Archives: October 2015

From Care Assistant to Group Assistant Accountant

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

This is Sarah’s work story in her own words…

Wedding bells for one lucky bride at Greenhaw Lodge

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

Greenhaw Lodge’s much loved nurse Sarah Ferguson married her childhood sweetheart Ronan Mooney on July 24th at 1:00pm at the Church of Immaculate Conception, Derry, where Sarah’s brother Fr. Ferguson performed the service.

KINGSLAND … Spotlight on Sue

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

My name is Sue Curry and I am the Registered Manager of Kingsland Care Centre in Bangor and have been in this post since November 2014.

Dunanney Celebrates Tall Ships Event

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

On Thursday 16th July Dunanney Care Home held a Tall Ships Party. The idea behind this was ‘if residents couldn’t attend the Tall Ships Festival at Belfast Quayside, we would bring the Tall Ships to residents’.

Victory in Japan Party

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

Fourteenth August saw Dunanney Care Home’s second summer knees up as a VJ party was held in the home to commemorate Victory in Japan Day, the day that heralded the end of World War 2. A day that many residents remember.

Activities Program at Culmore Manor

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

The first of our summer seasonal outings saw female residents at the home indulge in what ladies do best…a little retail therapy. On Tuesday 14th July staff accompanied lady residents whilst shopping in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Excitement at Apple Blossom as they add to their animal family

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

Following a couple of weeks preparation which included the digging of a small pond and the decoration of the duck house, last week 5 residents together with staff took a trip to Lisburn to collect their latest arrivals. 4 ducks, just 10 weeks old.


October 27th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Acute Life Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment (ALERT) course was originally developed by the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. This course equips nursing staff to assess and manage residents who present with signs of clinical deterioration such as breathlessness, airway compromise and sepsis. The course runs over 1 day and the certificate does not require […]

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.