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

We acknowledge how difficult it has been for you to be separated from your loved one over this challenging period dealing with the pandemic of COVID-19. We hope you have been satisfied with all communication efforts from the Home that has helped between the residents and yourself in the absence of visiting.

From the initial announcement of the Home closing, the main focus has always been the safety of all residents and staff within our care. I do hope you find it comforting to know that all of our Homes have managed extremely well throughout this crisis to date. We are delighted to share with you that out of 370 residents and over 550 staff across 8 Homes, we have had only 3 positive COVID-19 cases, each of whom have thankfully been nursed back to health and are currently doing well. Our staff teams have been superb and continue to demonstrate their dedication and commitment in keeping your loved one protected.

Following the recent announcement by the Health Minister, knowing that the safety of your resident continues to be your upmost priority, this will be the main focus when considering future visiting arrangements. To allow time for these important decisions to be made informatively, virtual visiting remains the preferred option as it provides the greatest protection for residents and staff while keeping footfall to a minimum.

However, if you are unsatisfied with virtual visiting arrangements, we can accommodate outdoor visiting on weekdays only, which will need to be arranged directly through the Home Manager in advance.

The following outdoor visiting conditions will apply:

  • The resident or you, the next of kin, must nominate two named visitors.
  • A maximum of 2 visitors per resident will be permitted at each visit.
  • Only 1 visit per resident per week will be accommodated.
  • Visitors will be required to provide their own face covering which is mandatory.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or feeling unwell in any way the visit should not take place.
  • A maximum 20 minute visiting period will be allocated.
  • No children will be permitted.
  • Social distancing principles of 2 metres must be observed at all times.

 

As an increase in the “R – factor” has been recently reported and further lockdowns have been reinstated in some areas, we are aware that a risk remains to the general public. We remain conscious that complacency could particularly impact residents living in our Care Homes and so we are continuing to monitor the situation and will notify you of any further updates in relation to visiting arrangements.

Finally, I would like to thank you for showing your support, understanding and patience which has been greatly appreciated at this time.

Many thanks as ever for your assistance,

Nuala Green
Managing Director