Welcome to Abbeylands Care Home
Here at Abbeylands in Whiteabbey, County Antrim, we offer different levels of care to suit a range of needs. Whether it's nursing and palliative care, shorter-term care, respite or post-operative care, our team of friendly, registered nurses and well-trained, dedicated care assistants are there for residents 24-hours a day.
At Abbeylands Care Home, residents are considered part of the family. We put their health and happiness at the heart of everything we do, and our dedicated team of nurses and carers actively encourage residents to take part in all decisions - contributing to everything from the way their rooms look to the therapies they receive.
Life at Abbeylands Care Home
We have two dedicated activity coordinators who ensure all residents have something stimulating and enjoyable to choose from. Our varied programme includes handicrafts, gardening, darts, musical entertainment and trips to local places of interest, including nearby Loughshore Park.
We also work closely with local churches and celebrate at least one seasonal event a month, including Burns Night, Mother's Day and Halloween, to name a few.
All of the staff have helped me during my time here. I have been in Abbeylands nearly 10 years and feel that both my wife and I have been very well looked after.
I find the activities within the home good and enjoyable. I take part in darts and bingo and enjoy winning prizes. I also enjoy taking part in the outings, especially the visits to the local Working Men's club as it helps me keep my links with the local community.
My Mother is happy with the standard of food service and presentation. The menu is varied and there is plenty of choice.
A lovely homely environment where residents are helped to personalise their rooms to make them feel homely.
Types of care
This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing,...
Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...
Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Abbeylands Care Home whether they...
Abbeylands Care Home also offers specialist help for adults and young people with different needs,...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Abbeylands Care Home in Whiteabbey. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
21 Mar 2017
Four Seasons Health Care were well represented at the finals of the British Journal of Nursing Awards earlier this month with four colleagues flying the flag for the organisation.
Gary Cousins was a runner up in the Infection Control and Prevention Nurse category, Colin Sheeran was a runner up in the Mental Health Nurse of the Year category and Joanne Strain was a runner up in the British Nurse of the Year category.
However, further plaudits need to be given to Alana Irvine who was crowned the Nutritional Nurse of the Year, after being nominated by colleagues for her continued commitment to residents’ nutrition.
Alana has been part of the driving force behind Four Seasons nutrition innovations to meet the varying needs of the people in our care. We are able to monitor residents’ nutritional needs, with technology that flags up weight loss, whether a resident has difficulty swallowing or needs assistance when eating or drinking to the care team.
Nutrition is something we take very seriously here at Four Seasons and Alana’s win recognises all of the hard work done across the board in this area.
7 Mar 2017
Joanne Strain is Head of Nursing at Four Seasons Health Care
I began my career as a nurse with Four Seasons Health Care in 1999. I had done my training as a mature student. I first worked in a FSHC care home about 25 years ago after having my four children and then I moved to a nursing auxiliary position with a local Trust.
I decided I wanted to fulfil my dream of being a nurse and I went about gaining the 5 GCSE’s I needed to get into nursing college/university. Just before I started nursing school, I was one of ten people in NI to complete what was then the very new NVQ in direct care.
My desire was not to work in a hospital but in a care home – my career to date was working with mainly older people – even during my nurse training, I preferred medical wards to other wards because of the high percentage of older people needing care.
I started working as a staff nurse and within a year I was a sister/deputy manager. During this time I completed my degree and I then moved in 2001 to be a home manager. During this time I opened a small very successful dementia residential unit within the large home. This was in the days when we were just beginning to understand that we needed to rethink the way we managed dementia care.
In 2004 I became a regional manager and had 14 homes in my portfolio. As the need for good dementia care intensified, we opened more dementia units across the region and even extended a learning disability unit providing very specific care according to need.
My passion for elderly people and dementia care led me to undertake a post graduate diploma in dementia studies at Stirling University.
In 2012, I was fortunate to become Head of Nursing, Care Standards and Quality in NI. During these years myself and my team set up many pro-active initiatives including a training centre where we successfully helped many nurses update their clinical skills. Some of the pro-active training such as G-Tube replacement and complex tracheostomy care meant that residents did not need to go to hospital – it is my vision for the coming year to implement clinical training sites across the MD regions to enable our nurses to be up-skilled and confident leaders.
I took up the post of Head of Nursing (UK) at the beginning of 2016. I have continued my passion for learning and one of the areas I wanted to review was adult safeguarding. I have now completed a post graduate diploma in Adult Safeguarding and am now in my MA year.
I have been really impressed by the standard of care and leadership of our nurses across the UK and believe we can build on that. I am confident that FSHC are leaders in care and that nurses are absolutely central to continuing to lead across the sector.
Of course I have to mention all the great things we hope to accomplish this year which will help our nurses such as the nurses forum, face book as well as a brand new nurse specific Twitter site where we will not only continue to ‘tweet’ news but we will hold Twitter Chats as guided by your needs.
We will involve nurses more in various projects going forward. I believe we are leaders in this field and no other providers come close to the nurse communication strategy that FSHC has planned this year. My vision for our 3000 nurses is to have nurses who believe that we are all leaders and will continually strive to provide the best care possible for our residents.
5 Mar 2017
Colin Sheeran is the Lead Project Facilitator for Four Seasons Healthcare.
He helped to design the different elements of Four Seasons Dementia Care Framework and now leads a team of dementia and care experts to implement the Dementia Care Framework project.
I began working in dementia care in 1992 as a bank staff nurse in an independent care home run by a sole proprietor. What started out as a way of earning a little extra to support my growing family soon became a passion. When the home was sold to a corporate organisation a whole new career path opened up for me and I committed myself to dementia care in the independent care sector.
I quickly progressed through the organisation from staff nurse to home, deputy home manager, home manager and regional manager.
Through this journey I was able to influence the direction of dementia care at a local and regional level but when the opportunity came to have wider influence I applied for and was given the role of Mental Health Advisor for Ashbourne Healthcare and later became the Dementia Care and Nursing Consultant for Southern Cross Healthcare.
In parallel with my interest in dementia care I have also developed an interest in learning and development and held posts as a Learning and Development Facilitator and a Learning and Development Specialist.
I joined For Seasons Dementia Care Team in 2014 and worked on the PEARL project. The Dementia Care Framework builds on what was best about PEARL but uses a combination of user involvement, technology and innovative learning methods to have a greater reach and sustainability.
I am a graduate, Registered Mental Health Nurse, FITS (Focused Intervention and Training Support) Coach, Dementia Care Mapper and hold PTLLS qualifications in lifelong learning.
Contact our care home
If you'd like to arrange a visit to Abbeylands Care Home in Whiteabbey, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.
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441 Shore Road, Whiteabbey, BT37 9SE
028 90 864552
028 90 863 179