Monthly Archives: May 2016

Dunanney Staff Member Receives Recognition Award

May 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

Joanne McTernaghan, Dunanney Activities Co-Ordinator/Home Trainer, was invited to attend an awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday 25th May, at Corrs Corner, Newtownabbey.

Melmount Manor Bake Off

May 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

The inaugural great Melmount Bake off took place on May 5th when Rosie the cook handed over her kitchen to some of our residents.  Talent enough to equal Delia Smith and Mary Berry any day!

Culmore Manor gets a makeover!

May 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

Culmore Manor commenced its refurbishment programme a few months ago and is still ongoing.

Fruit and Veg Plot at Greenhaw Lodge

May 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

Greenhaw Lodge has recently welcomed new resident Brian McCaul.  Activities Co-ordinator Colleen was quick to learn that Brian was a garden enthusiast as he spend hours in the garden watering the plants, pulling weeds and educating Colleen on how to look after the garden.

Kingsland News Highlights

May 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

Dynamo and Home Manager at Kingsland Care Centre, Sue Curry and her Team regularly produce in-house circular Kingsland News.  Please read on for snippets and updates from May’s edition…

Glebe Boccia Team Update

May 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

Another success for Glebe Boccia Team at the Spectrum Centre in Belfast this May.

Drive & Determination Pay Off for Conscientious Personal Assistant

May 4th, 2016 (No Comments)

Kelly Withers began working for Care Circle Group in May 2014 as PA to Directors having previously been employed within the financial services sector for a number of high profile firms.  In her own right she is ILM, CII and Microsoft Office Specialist qualified, making her adequately equipped for both present and past roles with […]

Culmore Manor Goes Live…

May 4th, 2016 (No Comments)

A debut for Culmore Manor…the home had its first webcam wedding on Friday 29th April 2016.

Maintenance Men Down Tools to Upskill

May 3rd, 2016 (No Comments)

Tuesday 26th April saw Group Maintenance Personnel get together for some Health & Safety training.

Larchwood Care (NI) Limited
First Floor

Unit 16 Crescent Industrial Estate
Ballinderry Road
Lisburn

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.