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

22 February 2021

Dear (Next of Kin),

Further to my last statement , you will be aware that we took the decision in January to close to all visiting as we witnessed a province wide increase in transmission of COVID-19.  This decision was not taken lightly and in keeping with our core values sought to provide protection to your loved ones.

We recognise the last 12 months has been extremely challenging for families who have been separated from their loved ones in an effort to keep them safe.  We thank everyone for their understanding and their resolve to work with us in protecting the most vulnerable and preventing where possible the spread of the virus to residents and staff.  Your support has been an invaluable part of working together to keep residents safe.

During this time many of you will have availed of virtual and window visits, which remain the safest means to keep in contact with residents.

In the last 6 weeks there have been many positive developments, including the roll out of the vaccine to residents and the decrease in community transmission.  We also acknowledge, in line with the executive’s announcement of continued restrictions, there is a need for continued vigilance and risk management.  In developing and re-establishing  the visiting policy for Larchwood Care Homes we have taken all these matters into consideration and believe that the following arrangements provide the necessary balance for safe visiting.  The following sets out the opportunities available in all Homes.

Virtual and Window Visiting

These visits have been available throughout the last 12 months and can be still be facilitated in all Homes.  Window visitors are reminded that they must still wear a face mask during visits.  Visits are available 7 days a week and if you do not require staff to support your visit there is no restriction on visiting times or duration.

If staff are required to facilitate or support these visits please make contact with the Home at the assigned booking times of Monday – Friday 1000 – 1100 hours or 1400-1500 hours to request this support.

End of Life Visiting

Throughout the last 12 months we have recognised that the last moments are precious and have continued to facilitate these visiting arrangements for residents who are in the last days of their life.  If you find yourself in this position, special compassionate arrangements will be facilitated through the Home Manager or Nurse in Charge.  Often the Home will make contact with you to arrange these, but if you have urgent need to contact us at any time to book access to your loved one.

Care Partners

A Care Partner is defined as an individual who has previously played a role in supporting and attending to their relative’s physical and mental health, and/or provided specific support and assistance to ensure that communication or other health and social care needs are met due to a pre-existing condition.  These arrangements which have been in place within all Homes permit an individual to be designated as a Care Partner, however the next of kin must make contact with the Home Manager to advise of this nomination.

Two individuals can be nominated for a resident as Care Partners.  We will facilitate either of these nominees a maximum of 2 visits between them per week.  The total visit time will be no longer than 45 minutes.  Care Partners must book their visit by contacting the Home at the assigned booking times of Monday – Friday 1000 – 1100 hours or 1400-1500 hours.

Care Partners will be tested weekly as part of the Care Home staff testing programme.  Upon arrival at the Home the Care Partner will have their temperature taken and supported to don full PPE.  They will then be escorted to the room of their loved one.  Care Partners are not permitted to engage with any other resident whilst in the building.

Non Care Partner Visits (General Visits)

In addition to care partners, from Monday 1 March 2021, Larchwood Care will be facilitating non-care-partner visiting in all Homes.  These general visits can either be accommodated in the designated visiting area or in resident rooms for those who are unable to come to the visiting area.

All general 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.  General visits will accommodate one person to visit once per week.  Visitors must be over the age of 18 years.

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.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Nuala Green

Managing Director