Welcome to Ardlough Care Home

You'll find Ardlough Care Home in striking wooded grounds in the village of Drumahoe, County Londonderry.

Here our dedicated team offers high-quality care to people with dementia, including 24-hour nursing cover.

Our home opened in 1992, and is constantly being refurbished. We have a courtyard which is easy to access and well used in the spring and summer, together with patio seating areas.

Inside there are three lounges, a dining room, a prayer room, and bath and shower facilities. The home is warm, friendly and relaxed, with a considered colour scheme that aids residents with sensory difficulties.

People with mental-health problems are looked after in our first-floor Evergreen unit with 28 bedrooms, some with their own en-suites.

At Ardlough 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.

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Life at Ardlough Care Home

A carer and a resident

When we visit Ardlough we watch the carers and their tender loving care as they listen to each resident.

Mrs Bridget McCloskey, relative of resident at Ardlough Care Home

Many thanks to all the staff at Ardlough for my mums care for their unfailing attendance, care dedication and assistance during my mothers stay.

Mrs Jean Campbell, relative of resident at Ardlough Care Home

My brother was able to stay at Ardlough for respite. The staff welcomed him from when he arrived and we felt safe knowing he was being well cared for. Michael and the family will be returning to Ardlough again.

Mrs Elizabeth Toland, relative of resident at Ardlough Care Home

The food is very good here and I love going out to the resource centre every week with the Personal Activities Leader. I also go out to visit my granddaughter and I especially love the music and parties when they are on.

Mrs Sarah Valley, resident at Ardlough Care Home

Types of care

Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...

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Specialist care

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Facilities & services

Making care special is at the heart of Ardlough Care Home in Londonderry. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All single rooms
  • On site hairdressing
  • Library
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Patio
  • Wi-fi

Our news

intermediate care HSJ guides

24 Apr 2017

As delayed transfers of care remain at record highs, how can we reduce unnecessary hospital stays for older people? That was the key question at an HSJ event held in association with Four Seasons Health Care.

The roundtable heard that the healthcare system often finds reasons not to deal with care home residents and looked at the success of an innovative collaboration between the NHS and care homes in Belfast.

With a collaborative approach between care homes and the NHS, older people are able to leave hospital and receive expert care, whilst assessing whether their long term future would be in their current home or a local care home. “The idea is that it would provide short term rehabilitation in conjunction with the two trusts in that area. The joint partnerships with the trusts I’ve worked with have just been amazing, and that’s what makes it work”, explained Janice Brown, Four Seasons’ regional manager for the Belfast and Newtownabbey area.

In addition to the improvements from a collaborative solution, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust reported that the joint partnership approach of providing a bed in a care home reduced their yearly cost by more than half.

You can read further thoughts and insights from the HSJ Roundtable, in association with Four Seasons Health Care, at HSJ Roundtable Guides

care home awards

21 Apr 2017

Seven Four Seasons Care Homes from across the UK have been awarded ‘Top 20 Recommended Homes’ awards by Carehome.co.uk.

The prestigious award highlight the most recommended care homes in each region of the UK and are based on thousands of reviews and recommendations received from residents, family and friends.

The 7 homes who received the awards are:

Charlotte Oppong-Agyare, Sales and Marketing Director of Four Seasons Health Care said: “I’m delighted that seven of our homes have received this award in their regions. To be named one of the ‘Top 20 Recommended Homes’ is a fantastic achievement, and goes to show the feedback we are collecting through our Quality of Life programme is being mirrored with the reviews residents and family members are giving on carehome.co.uk.

Visit Carehome.co.uk to read the reviews on all Four Seasons Care Homes.

step down care radio 4

5 Apr 2017

On any given day, 2500 hospital beds are occupied by patients for whom treatment has finished but are often too frail to return home. When they do, it can often lead to a breakdown in the individual’s care and a return to hospital.

This leads to, what is termed ‘bed blocking’, where beds are occupied by people medically fit for discharge and the hospital is unable to free beds for those requiring urgent treatment.

Working alongside local authorities and care commissioning groups, Four Seasons has successfully trialled ‘rehabilitation homes’ offering step-down care for elderly people ready to leave hospital but not yet ready to return home.

In addition to caring for the needs of the elderly person, carers are able to observe the person sufficiently to provide an effective assessment of their individual care needs and re-build their confidence as they return to their community.

Paul Hayes, Commissioning and Commercial Operations Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “In an ideal world care homes would be a hub in their local community that would provide the care and support individuals need. This can range from short-term solutions like step down care and intermediate care, where someone is with us for as little as 6 weeks, to a longer term solution where we address their care needs on a more permanent basis.”

Step down care philosophy is helping embed an effective and pragmatic approach to care within the Health and Social Care System and feedback has been positive.

One lady who, after spending three weeks in hospital following a fall, resided at a Four Seasons Care Home in Cricklewood had the following to say: “Coming to the home was a nice simple change, but it made a big difference. Obviously everyone is different, but coming to a care home you have the opportunity to get up and socialise with the people in there, as opposed to just sitting in bed all day. I enjoyed my time at the home, especially as I was never on my own.” Whilst this lady was in the care home, the provisions were being put into place to ensure she had all the support she needed at home.

Another lady, who used a similar service in a Four Seasons Home, enthused: “It’ puts you on your feet and gives you back your confidence.

The story of our rehabilitation homes was recently featured on Radio 4. You can listen to the full article, including resident stories and interviews, at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ksc5p

Should you wish to learn more about our approach to step-down care visit www.fshc.co.uk/safedischargebeds/

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If you'd like to arrange a visit to Ardlough Care Home in Londonderry, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.

manager

Care Home Manager

Martina Mullan

2 Ardlough Road, Drumahoe, Londonderry, BT47 5SW

028 713 42899

028 713 11 559

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