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

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.