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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

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