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Jack Britton

Melmount Manor Care Home Resident, Jack Britton wins Alzheimer’s Society Art Competition.

As part of Volunteer’s week, Alzheimer’s Society ran an art competition throughout a number of their cafes in Northern Ireland.  The winning artwork was created by Jack Britton a resident at Melmount Manor Care Home, Strabane.

Jack’s winning creation became the cover of a card to say thank you to the volunteers of Alzheimer’s Society.  Every volunteer in Northern Ireland will receive the card displaying Jack’s design which also includes a special poem as a thank you to volunteers…”I rely on you each step of the way. You are my core, My friend every day”.  All of the artwork was also displayed as part of an Art Exhibition that ran in the Ulster Hall, Belfast from 5th to 26th May 2016.

In his own way, Jack played a small but very encouraging part in supporting the work that volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Society do.  Alzheimer’s Society volunteers are involved in so much of the operational functions of the charity such as campaigning, fundraising, research and services. Opportunities to volunteer are open to all and available in your local area.  To find out more about the different roles in volunteering you can get in touch by email at or by phone on 0845 504 9300.

Melmount Manor Care Home in Strabane, is one of 7 care facilities managed by Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd, an independent health care provider in Northern Ireland.  Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd is part of the Care Circle Group with a total of 12 homes spread throughout the province.  Many of the Group care centres offer Elderly Mentally Infirm units where some clients may be living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. We are delighted that Jack Britton, resident at Melmount Manor Care Home has helped to raise awareness of this illness in such a positive way which in turn may be of benefit to some of his fellow residents at Melmount Manor Care Home.

Well done Jack!


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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.