Kingsland Care Centre Summer Fair

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Kingsland Care Centre Annual Summer Fair was blessed with beautiful sunshine during the event on Saturday 13th August 2016.

Various stalls, games and a tea/coffee area were on offer. The many children were entertained with face painting and games such as ‘Hook-a-Duck’, ‘Tin Can Alley’ and ‘Hoopla’, not to mention young and not so young having a go at the ‘Coconut Shy’!!

Amazing support was received in the run up to and on the morning of the fair with families and friends more than willing to help to support the fundraising which just proved the community spirit that exists within Kingsland Care Centre. A great response from local businesses was received in raffle prizes from vouchers for Tesco, Marks & Spencer, local butchers, flower shop, hairdressers, beauticians, Art and Framing and McCully’s Furnishings, as well as a voucher for a well-earned neck and head massage!

A spectacular total of £915 was raised. These funds will be used towards a new therapeutic and sensory garden for residents and their families to enable them to enjoy the fresh air whilst having the opportunity to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers in purpose-built raised beds. Having an outside space is so important to the wellbeing of residents and Kingsland Care Centre / Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd are delighted that the fundraising event has given a great financial boost to kick-start the new venture.

Kingsland’s Summer Fair was a great success and are already planning ahead for their Christmas Fair and Santa’s Grotto! So if you, or a loved one are looking for nursing care in a beautiful setting, please call Kingsland Care Centre or visit their website.

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.