Welcome to Castle Lodge Care Home
Castle Lodge is situated close to the centre of Antrim, within walking distance of all local amenities. Our home is designed specifically for the needs of elderly residents, and we have a very caring team who work hard to make everyone feel at home.
Whether an individual requires residential care or specialist dementia care, Castle Lodge has suitable facilities and expertise.
We have a range of different rooms available. Some have garden views and all are tastefully decorated. There are four communal lounges for residents to enjoy. Residents enjoy relaxing in our lovely gardens. Our secure patio enables residents with dementia to enjoy time outside in a safe and secure environment.
Life at Castle Lodge Care Home
Residents get very involved in planning activities with our activities coordinator. There's no pressure to participate. If people prefer to relax or pursue their own hobbies and interests, that's absolutely fine.
For those who do wish to join in, some of the options available at Castle Lodge include coffee mornings, one-to-one sessions, animal therapy, plus performances by professional entertainers and local school children.
Meals are home-cooked by our own chef, and there is always a good choice. What's more, we're more than happy to cater for dietary and cultural needs.
I feel at home when I visit my mother and feel confident that she is being well looked after, I wouldn't want her to be anywhere else.
The manager will always spend time taking to you and will help you with any problems you have. I would recommend the home to anyone
Excellent communications on progress and condition. The staff are very friendly and my mum is content.
I can walk in to the Home and feel comfortable. Everybody is always so friendly. It just feels like going to my mums house and I don't worry about going home.
The food is very good and if there is nothing on the menu I like an alternative is always offered. There are snacks and drinks available whenever I want one.
I am always informed of any changes to my mothers care or condition. Its gives me great peace of mind to know she is well cared for
The number and variety of activities provided by the home is excellent.
I don't know how to thank you all enough for the wonderful way in which you cared for my Dad. You made him feel special and loved. You made him happy.
Types of care
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Castle Lodge Care Home in Antrim. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
- Sensory 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.
21 May 2016
The team at Castle Lodge Care Home in Antrim have been awarded a top accolade which recognises their commitment to providing exceptional care to their residents.
Home Manager Una Brady and her team were nominated for a ROCK (Recognition of Care and Kindness) award by a resident’s relative, and last week they were presented with their award.
The nomination read: “Una and her team have been exceptional. From day one they understood Mum's needs and have showed care and empathy whilst looking after her. Whilst care homes have in been in the news quite a bit over the last few years, we are so quick to jump on the band wagon when something goes wrong and certainly apprehensive on what and how care is provided. Not once did we ever consider this with Castle Lodge.
“My Father visits my Mum every day and has also found the care team helpful and attentive as well as offering a cup of tea to him from time to time understanding how challenging it is for the families to deal with too.
“Your team have been fantastic, and an absolute credit to your company, your core values, and work ethics really do make such a difference in providing a quality service to all the residents there just not Mum.”
Una Brady, Home Manager, said: “We’re extremely humbled to receive this award. I want to thank the lady for her nomination and kind words. They really mean a lot. The team here do their upmost to care for our residents and respect them. I’m very proud of my team. We will continue to deliver the high standards we’ve been praised for.”
A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.
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If you'd like to arrange a visit to Castle Lodge Care Home in Antrim, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.
Care Home Manager
7 Fennel Road, Antrim, BT41 4PB
028 9442 8212
028 9446 9040