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

9 June 2021

Following guidance from the Department of Health received 8 June 2021, the visiting arrangements outlined previously 10 May 2020 remain in place for a further 3 weeks, with a proposed review 22 June 2021.  As such the following arrangements remain the policy for visits to any Larchwood Care Ni Home.

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.
- 2 visitors may visit twice per week per week for maximum 60 minutes.
- Visitors may include children. Children are included within the maximum 2 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 will be provided with an apron, but do not have to wear gloves.
- You may touch and hold hands with the resident. At this stage hugging is discouraged.

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. At this stage non-staff facilitated trips away from the Home are not accommodated.

The plans phases 2 and 3 are outlined below, however dates for implementation are now on hold until further reviews are conducted.  The next review date is 22 June 2021 and the Department of Health will release advice at this time.

Phase 2 – date to be agreed (subject to change)

All the above risk management protocols will be in place with the following changes.

- Maximum of 4 people from 2 households may visit twice per week
- Introduction of “brief hugging”
- Risk assessed trips outside of the Home.
- Hairdressers may return

Phase 3 – date to be agreed (subject to change)

The following easements are encouraged from this date.

- No restriction on number of people but limited to two households twice a week.
- Overnight stays away from the Home may be facilitated.