‘The Cottage Care Home’, part of Conway Group Healthcare, was officially opened today by Health Minister Edwin Poots. In order to expand on its business, which already looks after the interests of over 500 residents in 7 locations, Conway Group Healthcare is proud to announce the opening of their new top-class facility for elderly care, offering 24-hour Nursing and Dementia Care to those desiring a stress-free, luxury environment.
Located at Lodge Road, Coleraine, in close proximity to the Causeway Hospital the two new healthcare suites have the capacity to provide care for a further 27 residents.
The Home will include a team led by an experienced Manager with over 20 years continuous service at The Cottage.
Speaking at the opening Minister Poots said: “Our goal must be to ensure that older people are given every chance to live their lives to the full and as independently as possible. Many elderly people can feel isolated and alone. They are some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. Yet they are also some of the most valuable.
“In striving to improve services for people with dementia, seeing facilities such as this is very heartening. I recognise the time and effort that has been put in here and commend you all for developing services to specifically meet the needs of people living with dementia. “Organisations such as this are an irreplaceable feature of our current care and support system. I recognise and commend the critical help and support you provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Discussing the enhanced care provision at the opening event Jarlath Conway, Conway Group Director said:“With this major investment we have significantly increased the capacity for care at The Cottage Care Home. The new facility will allow us to cater for 67 residents in total. We have also undertaken a programme of recruitment, employing 30 additional staff to ensure that we have skilled, trained staff who are immediately available to provide the highest standard of care for new residents. “The suite on the ground floor has been named ‘Benone’ and will cater for those with general nursing requirements whilst the first floor suite, which has been named ‘Dunluce’, will provide specialist care for residents diagnosed with dementia.” Jarlath added: “The Conway Group has undertaken this development in recognition of the fact that in Northern Ireland we have the fastest growing elderly population in the UK. As life expectancy rises, the number of people affected by conditions associated with old age will increase dramatically. The Cottage Care Home has clearly been developed with consideration of the residents’ needs at the forefront of the design. Conway Group Healthcare worked closely with the University of Stirling who are nationally recognised for setting the standard for dementia-friendly buildings to ensure the design and finishes are at the forefront of current thinking in relation to the delivery of care.” During his visit the Minister was taken on a tour of the luxury specification en-suite rooms. The facility will include an ergonomically dementia friendly design, furnished to give a warm, homely and safe environment for residents. The design includes access to a sensory garden together with a range of dayrooms and dining facilities for residents to enjoy with their families. Jarlath concluded: “The investment in The Cottage Care Home marks our continued commitment to the care of our residents and their families. Alongside safe and effective nursing care, we will now be able to provide the specialist dementia care that is being sought by families in the local area. “We recognise that families want to be close to their loved ones. We hope that this new modern facility will provide them with the quality, choice and reassurance that the local community needs.”