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Pet Therapy is aimed at improving residents social, emotional, and cognitive functioning.  It is also hoped that the use of animals as a therapy method can be motivational and stimulating for those involved.  Residents were thrilled when Greenhaw Lodge’s new Activity Co-ordinator, Colleen Doherty brought in her pet dog Daisy on Monday 25th May.  Many residents, including Tommy Moore have a great love for dogs, he reminisced when speaking about a pet dog he once had named ‘Pepsi’.  Other residents including Doreen Stitt enjoyed petting Daisy and giving her warm hugs, which Daisy may have enjoyed more than Doreen.

Staff members Deborah McLaughlin and Diane Doran lead Daisy in to see residents restricted to their bed due to poor health and mobility.  Helen Moore, resident, who in the past owned several dogs, really appreciated the visit from Daisy, she was grinning like a Cheshire cat.

Nurse Laura Doherty and Activity Co-ordinator Colleen Doherty worked together in order to meet the sensory needs of resident James Campbell who is registered blind.  They decided that pet therapy would be beneficial in meeting some of these needs, which on the day, it certainly did as James responded to hearing Daisy in his room, calling her to jump up on his chair and enjoyed petting her coat.

Daisy lapped up the attention she received in the resident lounge.  The name ‘Daisy’ brought back happy memories to Margaret Coons triggering her to sing “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do” with care staff Georgina Doran and Georgina Kealey singing along.

New residents Manus Canning and Naoko Canning, husband and wife, also appeared to enjoy the company of Daisy as she tried to lick them both to death.  Manus and Naoko met in 1964 in New York while Manus worked in a publishing company and Naoko worked as a doctor in a Paediatric unit.  Manus is well known throughout Derry and has written a privately published book about his life.  Greenhaw Lodge is excited to welcome two residents who have led such interesting and exciting lives with staff and residents alike looking forward to getting to know each of them.

Pet therapy with Daisy was definitely a hit with the Greenhaw Lodge residents, with future hopes of making daisy the Greenhaw Lodge mascot!

Larchwood Care (NI) Limited
First Floor

Unit 16 Crescent Industrial Estate
Ballinderry Road

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