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

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.