Oakleaves Care Centre

42 Racecourse Road, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 8DA | Tel: 028 7135 4725

Oakleaves Care Centre opened in the summer of 2021.

Oakleaves Care Centre is a 42-bedded privately owned care home located in the city side of Derry/Londonderry, specialising in providing care to those with Dementia on a permanent basis.

At Oakleaves Care Centre it is important that residents have freedom of choice and the opportunity to achieve independence as the recovery model of nursing is implemented.

Our ethos of ‘shared care with families’ means we involve families, through consultation, in planning the care their loved ones will receive, whilst our ‘open door’ policy encourages families and friends participate in all aspects of their lives.

All of our meals are made fresh each day and our head chef regularly reviews our menu to reflect seasonal produce.

Our full time activity co-ordinator encourages residents to engage and participate in our wide programme of activities and events throughout the day, whatever their level of mobility.

Activities include reminiscence therapy, indoor games, art and craft, music therapy, religious ceremonies (all denominations), reflexology, gardening, relaxation and trips out and about. Each evening, we show films for the enjoyment of “old time movies and musicals”.

We are proud of our care home, our team and the service and treatment we provide to our residents.

We would love to have the opportunity to show you around the home and for you to meet with our staff team if you are considering placement in Oakleaves Care Centre for a loved one.

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Jenny Lynch, Home Manager, Oakleaves Care Centre

I qualified as a registered nurse in 2015 from the University of Ulster. I have found the role of a Registered Nurse very rewarding and a large part of this is ensuring high standards of quality care are met and continually challenged.

I have spent the last eighteen years working in various social care settings, which has enabled me to be part of the care delivery process for most of my career. After developing my clinical knowledge and skills in hospital settings, I soon discovered I missed the ‘home from home’ environment within nursing and care centres. I missed the close bond and relationships that are built with not only our residents and families but within the community itself.

I joined Larchwood Care NI in 2019 as a Registered Nurse. Within this post I re-engaged with the challenge and diversity of working with people who have a diagnosis of dementia and through progression became clinical lead. More recently my development led to appointment of Home Manager. My career from a young carer to registered nurse and now to the post of Home Manager has provided me with priceless experiences. One of the most rewarding aspects I have found is the personal connection with residents and families on a daily basis. Families develop a relationship built on trust, staff and the care community become an extended part of that family. This inspires me to explore my practice further to ensure we are growing as a team, ensuring practices are the very best they can be, whilst promoting an environment of respect, dignity and choice.

At a Glance

Key Services

Specialist Care Areas

  • Bipolar/ Manic Depression
  • Schizophrenia Illness
  • Cancer Care
  • Challenging Behaviours
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain injury
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Speech Impairment

Facilities

  • Own GP
  • Own Furniture (not required)
  • Close to local amenities
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Ground Floor accommodation
  • Television point in each room
  • Multi -disciplinary team involvement
  • We have an experienced team of professional nurses, care staff, housekeeping, kitchen staff and the service team.

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.