THE Cottage Care Home, part of the Magherafelt-based Conway Group Healthcare, was officially opened by Health Minister Edwin Poots.
This new top-class facility in Coleraine for elderly care, offers 24-hour nursing and dementia care to those desiring a stress-free, luxury environment. Located near the Causeway Hospital, the two new healthcare suites have the capacity to provide care for a further 27 residents.
Speaking at the opening Minister Poots said 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,” he said.
Jarlath Conway, Conway Group Director said with this major investment they have significantly increased the capacity for care at the 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,” he said.
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.”
He said 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.”
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 added: “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.”