Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ulster Folk Park Therapists Welcomed by Melmount Manor Residents

April 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

Ulster Folk Park therapists were welcomed by Melmount Manor residents who enjoyed a month of interesting activities facilitated by the therapists from Omagh.  One resident, pictured above can be seen enjoying one of the activities!

Kingsland Care Centre – Palliative Practice Development Project Update

April 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

Registered Nurses and Care Assistants from Kingsland Care Centre and Kingsway Private Nursing Home are taking part in a unique collaborative Project with South Eastern HSC Trust to improve the quality of Palliative and End of Life care for residents living in Nursing Homes.


April 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

The staff at Apple Blossom Lodge would like to take this opportunity to wish Pearl Nesbitt all the best in her retirement.

Glebe Care Centre Residents Learn How To Skype

April 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

Amongst the many facilities and activities that are on offer at Glebe Care Centre, technological advances have ensured that computer orientated pastimes feature highly on the list of the residents’ hobbies.

Stella settles into working life at Dunanney Care Home

April 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

Following her employment, as a Senior Care Assistant with Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd in November 2015, Stella Preda, originally from Romania, was placed at Dunanney Care Home and is now working there full time as a Registered Nurse.

Doll Therapy at Greenhaw Lodge

April 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

It is currently estimated that over 850,000 people in the UK have dementia (Alzheimer’s Society, 2016), causing the loss of their intellectual, social and emotional abilities over time.

Another Larchwood Care (NI) winner…Glebe Care Centre

April 1st, 2016 (No Comments)

Sister care centre to Melmount Manor, Glebe Care Centre also picked up an award from

Top 20 Award – Melmount Manor Care Home

April 1st, 2016 (No Comments)

Melmount Manor Care Home have recently received recognition by and were awarded with a “Top 20 Award,”.

Apple Blossom Lodge

April 1st, 2016 (No Comments)

Zoe Greaves provides highlights this season…”Apple Blossom Lodge will be having a double celebration as two separate weddings will be taking place for Staff Nurse, Sarah Foster and Care Assistant, Stephen Carson.”

25th Anniversary Celebrations at Greenhaw Lodge

April 1st, 2016 (No Comments)

  Greenhaw Lodge Care Home celebrated a major milestone with 25 years of service on Thursday 25th February 2016. The home opened up its doors to welcome family, friends, professionals and local people offering musical entertainment, a hot food buffet and an opportunity to meet the residents and Greenhaw staff team.

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.