Welcome to Camphill Care Home

You'll find Camphill in the town of Ballymena, County Antrim. Here our trained nurses, supported by dedicated care staff, provide high quality care around the clock.

We offer care at different levels, including respite care, general nursing care, and residential care for people with dementia.

Our purpose-built home has various lounges and dining rooms, and enclosed courtyards where people living here enjoy the fresh air and pleasant outdoors.

We love residents to bring in items such as furniture and pictures to personalise their bedrooms and make them more homely.

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Life at Camphill Care Home

A carer and a resident

My father-in-law was cared for in Camphill for 3 years until his death in 2012 after a very poor quality placement in a nursing home in Dungannon. At no time did I or other relatives have any real concerns about his care. Of course there are mishaps and communication problems with staff changes but these were minor and infrequent. The staff were excellent, very caring and attentive to his needs. He had progressive dementia, was in the dementia unit and the staff treated him with care and respect. Like most homes the emphasis is on routines revolving around personal care tasks, medication and mealtimes. There is some stimulation provided by activity coordinators. It would be better if this was built into the everyday activities of the home but this may happen in time. It is not yet the norm in most homes but may become required over time.
Very notable was the quality of the food provided, all freshly prepared by home staff. The smell of the food pervaded the home, unlike in Dungannon where the food was pre prepared and reheated.
Best of all the staff knew the residents really well and they showed care and compassion towards them. They were warm natured and welcoming to family members and did all that they could to look after our relation. When he was ill they kept us informed and when he was seriously ill they did their best to try to make sure we got there in time. We lived some distance away and had returned home after visiting earlier in the day. We were a little too late but they had a member of staff staying in the room with our relative until we arrived. The staff were considerate and compassionate and the fact that some of them were in tears showed how much they really cared. The quality of a nursing home lies in the quality of its staff, not fancy hotel style rooms or doilies on food trays. In this respect Camphill showed itself to have provided a care quality of substance. The rooms may be fairly basic and a bit dated but that did not matter. The quality of care was what really counted.

David McDowell, Daughter-in-law of Resident/Service User at Camphill 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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Facilities & services

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

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

Our news


30 Mar 2017

On Monday 27th March 2017 Four Seasons scooped the ‘Flu Fighter Social Care Award’ at the prestigious Flu Fighter awards.

The Flu Fighter award celebrate the great achievements of flu teams and organisations who promote the importance of flu vaccinations to everyone in their organisation.

Four Seasons was shortlisted for the ‘Social Care Award’ after being nominated following the success of the internal Flu and You campaign. Before being presented with the award, Daniel Mortimer, Chief Executive for NHS Employers said: “Four Seasons Heath Care launched its campaign with the goal of reducing the occurrence of flu in its colleagues. They created leaflets and flu packs that provided details about the importance of the flu vaccination and how to get vaccinated. This worked really well and they had an extra 1,600 colleagues vaccinated, which increased uptake by 22% this season. Well done.”


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.

nurse of the year final

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.

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

Care home manager: Joy McKay

62 Toome Road, Ballymena, BT42 2BU

028 256 58999

028 256 58 955

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