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

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.