Kingsland Care Centre

252A Seacliffe Road, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 5HT | Tel: 028 9127 3867

 

Situated in the seaside resort of Bangor, Kingsland Care Centre offers excellent care for the elderly on a permanent or respite basis, delivered by highly trained professionals.

Set in its own grounds overlooking Ballyholme Bay, the centre is just half a mile from Bangor town. It is arranged over 2 floors and has been purpose built to a high standard.

We recognise that our residents are individuals and it is important that they maintain their independence. Our skilled staff treat residents with dignity, privacy and respect, offering them as much independence as possible. We want them to continue to enjoy their favourite pastimes in their new home.

There is plenty to do and our activities therapist puts together a full programme which is adapted to suit the needs of our residents. Activities include quizzes, sing-alongs, reminiscence therapy, indoor games, art and craft, baking and, wherever possible, trips out and about.

Friends and family are also welcome at any time and hot drinks and snacks are always available. 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 Kingsland Care Centre or want to chat about the care we offer please get in touch on 028 9127 3867 or request a call back.

 

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Ruth McKeown – Home Manager Kingsland Care Centre

I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 2011 from Magee University.  I began work within the Independent Sector and have a passion for working with frail elderly which started during my early days of nurse training.  The privilege of supporting patients to achieve quality of life through compassionate care brought me a daily sense of achievement.

I joined Larchwood Care in 2015 and progressed to the position of Clinical Lead.  In 2018, I was promoted to the position of Home Manager in Kingsland Care Centre to lead the team of dedicated nursing, care and ancillary staff to develop a “Home from Home” on the beautiful seafront at Ballyholme.

I have developed the staff team to recognise that small things make a big difference when residents come to live in nursing care.  In Kingsland, the activities coordinator brings stimulation and enjoyment to each of the residents and working with local community groups provides a vibrant entertainment and events programme.  The Home takes pride in offering a diverse and nutritious menu with home baking and tasty treats at mealtimes and throughout the day.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, volunteering for local services, and spending time around the north coast with my two dogs.

At a Glance

Key Services

Specialist Care Areas

  • Cancer Care
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Facilities

  • A patio area at the entrance of the building
  • 39 decorated single rooms (some with sea views)
  • 2 large single rooms (en-suite)
  • 2 dining rooms
  • 4 lounges with views over Ballyholme Bay
  • 2 bathrooms and 4 large shower rooms
  • 10 additional toilets
  • A lift and gentle ramp to allow access
  • All rooms are suitable for wheelchair users
  • Own GP if required
  • Close to local shops and public transport
  • Television points in rooms

 

Testimonials
We really wanted to find somewhere close to home for mum where she would be surrounded by familiar sights and views. Kingsland Care Centre with its views of Ballyholme Beach made my mum feel comfortable straight away. She can still enjoy walks along the beach and is not too far away from family and friends.
My father has dementia and has been happily living at Kingsland Care Centre for the last 3 years. I have to say the staff, especially the manager, have been great. Their continuing support to both my dad and my family has been overwhelming.

Larchwood Care (NI) Limited
First Floor

Unit 16 Crescent Industrial Estate
Ballinderry Road
Lisburn

BT28 2GN

Tel: 028 92 669 360

22 February 2021

Dear (Next of Kin),

Further to my last statement , you will be aware that we took the decision in January to close to all visiting as we witnessed a province wide increase in transmission of COVID-19.  This decision was not taken lightly and in keeping with our core values sought to provide protection to your loved ones.

We recognise the last 12 months has been extremely challenging for families who have been separated from their loved ones in an effort to keep them safe.  We thank everyone for their understanding and their resolve to work with us in protecting the most vulnerable and preventing where possible the spread of the virus to residents and staff.  Your support has been an invaluable part of working together to keep residents safe.

During this time many of you will have availed of virtual and window visits, which remain the safest means to keep in contact with residents.

In the last 6 weeks there have been many positive developments, including the roll out of the vaccine to residents and the decrease in community transmission.  We also acknowledge, in line with the executive’s announcement of continued restrictions, there is a need for continued vigilance and risk management.  In developing and re-establishing  the visiting policy for Larchwood Care Homes we have taken all these matters into consideration and believe that the following arrangements provide the necessary balance for safe visiting.  The following sets out the opportunities available in all Homes.

Virtual and Window Visiting

These visits have been available throughout the last 12 months and can be still be facilitated in all Homes.  Window visitors are reminded that they must still wear a face mask during visits.  Visits are available 7 days a week and if you do not require staff to support your visit there is no restriction on visiting times or duration.

If staff are required to facilitate or support these visits please make contact with the Home at the assigned booking times of Monday – Friday 1000 – 1100 hours or 1400-1500 hours to request this support.

End of Life Visiting

Throughout the last 12 months we have recognised that the last moments are precious and have continued to facilitate these visiting arrangements for residents who are in the last days of their life.  If you find yourself in this position, special compassionate arrangements will be facilitated through the Home Manager or Nurse in Charge.  Often the Home will make contact with you to arrange these, but if you have urgent need to contact us at any time to book access to your loved one.

Care Partners

A Care Partner is defined as an individual who has previously played a role in supporting and attending to their relative’s physical and mental health, and/or provided specific support and assistance to ensure that communication or other health and social care needs are met due to a pre-existing condition.  These arrangements which have been in place within all Homes permit an individual to be designated as a Care Partner, however the next of kin must make contact with the Home Manager to advise of this nomination.

Two individuals can be nominated for a resident as Care Partners.  We will facilitate either of these nominees a maximum of 2 visits between them per week.  The total visit time will be no longer than 45 minutes.  Care Partners must book their visit by contacting the Home at the assigned booking times of Monday – Friday 1000 – 1100 hours or 1400-1500 hours.

Care Partners will be tested weekly as part of the Care Home staff testing programme.  Upon arrival at the Home the Care Partner will have their temperature taken and supported to don full PPE.  They will then be escorted to the room of their loved one.  Care Partners are not permitted to engage with any other resident whilst in the building.

Non Care Partner Visits (General Visits)

In addition to care partners, from Monday 1 March 2021, Larchwood Care will be facilitating non-care-partner visiting in all Homes.  These general visits can either be accommodated in the designated visiting area or in resident rooms for those who are unable to come to the visiting area.

All general 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.  General visits will accommodate one person to visit once per week.  Visitors must be over the age of 18 years.

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.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Nuala Green

Managing Director