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13 Mar 2015

Residents at Park House Care Home in Northants recently enjoyed a visit from some furry friends. The rescue owls were brought in by a handler who explained how each one was rescued and what type of owls they were. He also gave the residents a talk about the owl’s personalities and how to handle them. They were then taken around the home to visit the residents that couldn’t make the talk.

Home Manager, Jayne Lack said: “The residents really enjoyed their furry visitors, animals are always popular visitors and it’s great to see them up close. We knew that having the rescue owls here would be great fun and it was a great activity for some of the people who may not be able to get out and about as much.”

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13 Mar 2015

Following the recent election for seats on the RCN Northern Ireland Board, five new Board members took office as from 1 January 2015.

Maureen Dolan, Anne Campbell and Laura Crowley have been elected for four year terms of office, whilst Siobhan Donald and Eileen Dunlop have been elected for two year terms.

Eileen Dunlop is Head of Human Resources, Training & Facilities Management at FSHC Irish regional office. We wish her well with her appointment and are delighted that a member of the independent sector has been elected onto the Board.


12 Mar 2015

Health Minister, Jim Wells, has officially opened the Slieve Patrick Suite, a new specialist care unit within Lecale Lodge Care Home, Downpatrick.

Having provided £250,000 capital investment, Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland have worked collaboratively with the South Eastern (HSC) Trust to create a 15 bed single room specialist service. It is designed to provide an environment where effective and personalised care and recovery is available to people whose current needs could not be met independently in the community following resettlement from Downshire Hospital.

Heath Minister, Jim Wells said: "It has been a pleasure to visit Slieve Patrick to see for myself this fantastic new service and meet with staff who are dedicated to providing excellent care to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The Slieve Patrick unit has added a further dimension to the existing care services at the Lecale site here in Downpatrick, where dementia nursing care, continuing care for frail elderly and specialist care for younger people with physical and learning disabilities are already provided."

Chief Executive Hugh McCaughey SEHSCT tweeted: “From dormitory ward to personal room. 1 patient slept in their own room for the first time as an adult! Powerful stories of difference made to MH pts lives.”

Home Manager, Linda Graham said: “I am delighted to have worked in partnership with the South Eastern trust to facilitate the resettlement of residents who have long term mental health conditions. It has been inspiring to see the improvement in the quality of residents lives from admission.”


12 Mar 2015

Priory Park Care Home in Preston recently recognised the first-rate level of care that Senior Carer, Steph Mangan and Care Assistant, Rene Mueden bring to their role everyday, by awarding them a Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) Award. Steph and Rene were joined recently in the home by Regional Manager, Tina Johnstone who presented them with the award in front of their colleagues and peers.

Steph and Rene were nominated by Jane Hilton, a private massage therapist who regularly visits Priory Park. Jane wrote to the Chairman of Four Seasons Health Care, Ian Smith to tell him how impressed she was with the outstanding care she witnessed on a recent visit to the care home. Jane wrote,

“Steph is patient and friendly and speaks to residents with care and respect. Nothing is too much trouble for her. Rene is also very respectful to residents and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the comfort of the residents. I'm sure Priory Park has a number of excellent care staff, however Steph and Rene shine out in my opinion.”

Regional Manager, Tina Johnstone commented,

“Our employees are our most valuable resource and the reason we are able to deliver the best possible care to meet residents’ needs. It is a delight to reward Steph and Rene in this way, and show appreciation for their exceptional hard work and dedication that helps to set Four Seasons Health Care apart.”

A ROCK award highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. To nominate a member of staff at Four Seasons Health Care please click here.


11 Mar 2015

The McKeown Suite, Bangor Care Home, were among the local companies, health care trusts and individuals who have been recognised for their outstanding work with people who have dementia in Northern Ireland, at the Northern Ireland Dementia Achievements Awards in Belfast. The McKeown Suite took runner up in the Staff Team of the Year Category.

Linda Robinson Chief Executive of Age NI, one of the judges, presented the seven awards which included – Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Dementia Education Initiative, Dementia and the Arts, Family Carer of the Year, Staff Team of the Year, Dementia Design Project of the Year, Judges' Award,

Claire Keatinge, Older Persons Commissioner for Northern Ireland said,

"With more and more people living with dementia, it is essential that those working to support them are recognised and encouraged in the vital roles that they play. The Dementia Achievement Awards offer a platform on which to recognise and celebrate the wide range of ways in which so many people make a difference to those living with dementia through working or volunteering, and I am delighted to support this worthy cause.”

The Northern Ireland Dementia Services Development Centre (NI DSDC) which organised the awards received a large number of entries, and judges were impressed by the standard of nominees this year. Funding for the awards was provided by the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and Atlantic Philanthropies.

There are currently 19,000 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland. This figure is expected to rise to 61,000 by 2051. Professor June Andrews, Director of DSDC said,

“It is a great privilege to recognise Northern Ireland people who are making such a huge difference to the lives of families and individuals who are affected by dementia. They all deserve our gratitude”.

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