Apple Blossom Lodge

62 Drumilly Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT61 8RH | Tel: 028 3889 1202

Apple Blossom Lodge in Armagh is a male only facility offering superior care for the elderly on a permanent or respite basis.

We have a team of highly trained professionals whose mission is to ensure all our residents are respected as individuals and treated with dignity and privacy. We try to give our residents as much independence as possible and encourage them to enjoy life to the full.

Residents have freedom to choose what to do and when from our extensive programme of activities. There is always something going on and our activities coordinator puts together a full itinerary including quizzes, sing-alongs, reminiscence therapy, indoor games, art and craft, baking and, wherever possible, trips out and about.

We encourage residents to invite friends and family to spend time with them at the care centre, whether it’s for a stroll in our gardens or to take part in an activity. Hot drinks and snacks are always available and visiting family and friends are invited to share a meal with residents. Our cook prepares three nutritious meals a day and the menu changes regularly to reflect seasonal produce. Special diets are catered for.

If you would like a tour of Apple Blossom Lodge or want to chat about the care we offer please get in touch on 028 3889 1202 or request a call back.

 

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Martin McKee, Home Manager Apple Blossom Lodge

I am Martin Mckee and started mental health nursing in 1994 through Queens University, Belfast. I started my career working as a nurse in St. Lukes Hospital in Armagh. I moved to the Independent sector in 1998, working as a charge nurse for 10 years. I came to Apple Blossom Lodge in 2012, as a staff nurse and then became Home Manager in July 2018. Since then I have not looked back, enjoying every day in my new role.

At Apple Blossom Lodge there is a great team of trained nurses with, mental health, learning disability and general nursing backgrounds. In addition to this, the senior care staff and healthcare assistant teams, are well trained and dedicated to providing specialised care to the residents who reside here. Apple Blossom Lodge provides patient-centred care for people with enduring mental ill health and dementia conditions. The staff team is complimented by an experienced Occupational Therapist, developing individual programmes of social skills which are tailored to meet the needs of each resident. Alongside this, there is also a highly motivated activity therapist delivering an active programme to suit the male client group. Apple Blossom Lodge allows the residents to live their lives to the best they can, in a countryside setting creating an atmosphere of retreat, serenity and inner peace.

At a Glance

Key Services

Specialist Care Areas

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Bipolar / Manic Depression
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Epilepsy
  • Head / Brain Injury
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Speech Impairment
  • Stroke
  • Visual Impairment
  • Korsakoffs Syndrome

Facilities

  • Own GP if required
  • Own furniture if required
  • Lift
  • Wheelchair access
  • Gardens for residents
  • Television point in room
Testimonials
The care my uncle receives at Apple Blossom Lodge is second to none. The staff are really attentive and made sure he felt comfortable and welcome from day one. We love going to visit him and seeing him settled and happy.
I can’t thank the staff at Apple Blossom Lodge enough for looking after my dad. We had trouble finding a care home suitable for him but he just loves living at Apple Blossom Lodge. The friendly staff have created a really homely atmosphere which makes us feel reassured about our dad’s care.

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.