Working for us – staff have their say!!!

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Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd believe in providing a good work-life balance for staff, a genuinely pleasant setting to work in and continued professional development fully supported by Care Circle Group’s management team. This fits perfectly with the Group’s ethos of ‘caring about people who care about people.’

Read on to find out what our staff are saying about us…

Louise, Housekeeper, Dunanney Care Home

For 13 years I have worked at Dunanney Care Home.  Originally I started on a 9 hour contract to earn an extra bit of money but 13 years later I am still here!  I have worked my way up from a Kitchen Assistant to Assistant Cook and finally I’m now the full time Housekeeper.  I have much more responsibility but full training and support was available.  I love my job in Dunanney Care Home.  We have a good team ethos here, staff are reliable, hardworking and very friendly.

Philomena, Administrator, Greenhaw Lodge Care Home

Hi, my name is Philomena, I am the Home Administrator at Greenhaw Lodge Care Home, I have the privilege of being first port of call to visitors, relatives, staff and residents.  I love my role as Home Administrator alongside Ronagh, Home Manager, as a team we ensure the smooth running of the home. I am very passionate and dedicated to what I do.  I particularly enjoy interacting with the residents on a daily basis.  Working within Greenhaw Lodge Care Home is very rewarding.

Melissa, Staff Nurse, Greenhaw Lodge Care Home

My name is Melissa.  I am employed as a staff nurse in Greenhaw Lodge Care Home.  My role as a Registered Mental Health Nurse enables me to work in a well-established home that specializes in providing care to people with Dementia.  I enjoy working as a nurse as I am based in a challenging yet rewarding environment.  This specific environment permits me to build a rapport with residents which in turn allows me to deliver meaningful person-centred care that meets individual needs. In general, taking Cialis can cause, among other unwanted reactions, headaches. In some subjects, these are accompanied by persistent dizziness. So, here goes my educated opinion on common Cialis: if you can’t stand the side effects, the benefits of using this medication can be moot. Of course, sometimes using any other medication can be contraindicated – in such circumstances, consult your doctor on the specifics of your pains in order to review your dosage. There might be other nuances that can be improved to optimize the effects of this product. Usually, however,thenegative symptoms disappear during the second week of treatment.

Henry, Activity Therapist, Glebe Care Centre

I am the Activity Therapist for Glebe Care Centre.  I started in Glebe Care Centre in the year 2000.  Glebe Care Centre, to me is one of the best care facilities around and since I have been here, the management of the home has changed three times.  I have to say Care Circle has been wonderful, along with the Home Manager, Geraldine.  They always have the residents’ best interests at heart and no matter what I ask for, to do with my activities, the home will go out of their way and try to get it.  The best thing about working for Care Circle and Glebe is the family feel you get from residents, staff, management and relatives, it’s like we are all one.  I do have to say a big thank you to Geraldine, Glebe’s Home Manager for being there when anyone needs her, her motto is “My door is always open”.  She takes the time to go check in with each resident and listen to what they have to say.  The residents do tell me she is lovely and they are right!  So on that note, there is only one thing to say – Care Circle and Glebe, what a team!

Karen, Care Assistant, Glebe Care Centre

For 14 years I have worked at Glebe Care Centre and recently have taken on the role of Team Leader within the Residential Unit.  I love working in Glebe and would honestly not want to work anywhere else.  As a Team Leader, I do all of the same things I did as a care assistant, but now I also help to direct the care for the residents. I liaise with the other sections of the multi-disciplinary team, such as the district nurses, G.P’s, social workers and other departments that are needed to help provide care to residents.  I have much more responsibility than I had before and I am thoroughly enjoying learning all of the new elements to my role.  I work as part of a lovely team of people and have been nothing but encouraged and supported by the Home Manager and the rest of the staff I work with.

Tina, RGN, Clinical Lead, Glebe Care Centre

My working life for the past 3 years has been spent at Glebe Care Centre.  During my time I have acquired new skills and improved on my existing set.  There are great opportunities for career progression and the company actively encourage participation in training.  No two days are the same, which keeps things interesting.  The feeling you get when you walk into Glebe is much more homely than other places I have previously worked.  We have a great team and everyone is supportive of each other.

We value staff who want to be valued and make a difference. If you consider yourself to be a talented, dedicated and caring individual, please make contact with our HR team, one of our homes or via our websites to find out about our latest vacancies.

We care about people, Who care about people

Tel: 02890 306970

Larchwood Care (NI) Limited
First Floor

Unit 16 Crescent Industrial Estate
Ballinderry Road

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.