Chester Nursing Home

About Chester Nursing Home

Chester Nursing Home is located in the peaceful seaside town of Whitehead within easy travelling distance of Larne, Carrickfergus and Belfast. This charming coastal residence boasts splendid sea views from many of the bedrooms.

Gillian Dowds RGN
Nurse Manager, Chester Nursing Home

Gillian qualified as a General Nurse in April 1999 and has extensive knowledge in medical, surgical and palliative care. She holds a Diploma in Nursing Care and is working towards her Nursing Degree. She has been a Nurse Manager with Wilson Healthcare since 2011.

Accommodation

The Home can care for up to 43 clients and offers a variety of bedrooms, both single and double, all tastefully and individually decorated and furnished.

Facilities

Facilities include a day dining room, hairdressing room, treatment room, lounges, sensory room, garden and outdoor patio. The Home is well equipped with a lift, wide stairs and wheelchairs for ease of access throughout.

Types of Care
  • Respite care.
  • Palliative care.
  • Stroke care.
  • Orthopaedic respite care.
  • Dementia care.
  • Convalescent care.
  • Post operative care.

 

The Home is dual-registered which means it can provide for clients requiring nursing or residential care. It is also registered to offer day care facilities.

Services

The services available to each client are tailored to the individual and are designed to provide for their medical, personal and social needs. These include:

  • Medical.
  • Chiropody.*
  • Speech and language therapy.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Dietician visits.
  • Dentistry.*
  • Optometry.
  • GP visits.
  • Religious.
  • Hairdressing.*
  • Library services.

 

Note: * Indicates that a small fee is payable for these services.

Activities

Our dedicated Activities Coordinator provides a varied programme of entertainment and activities, which can be tailored according to each client’s individual needs, abilities and preferences. In addition, we offer clients the latest therapies available including reflexology, aromatherapy, foot spas and the very popular reminiscence therapy. We also organise outings including shopping trips, visits to local beauty spots and trips to special events.

Catering for Individual Tastes

We delight in our excellent reputation for our exclusively home-made food. Our Chefs enjoy compiling varied menus of nutritious, balanced foods, always taking into consideration special dietary needs and individual preferences. Every day there is a choice of meal options. In keeping with our flexible, non-institutionalised environment, clients can choose their own dining times.

Staff

We view the Home as a family unit and believe it is important to offer a relaxing, comfortable, homely atmosphere with the assurance of 24-hour nursing care.

From day one, each client is allocated a Primary Care Nurse who takes the time to get to know each client – helps them to settle in, gets to know their individual needs, abilities, preferences, likes and dislikes and is on-hand to support them. Each Carer is committed to preserving the individual’s privacy, dignity, choice and independence.

Our Nurses are professionally trained and fully qualified with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and our Care Assistants are registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

All our staff members attend regular and up-to-date training sessions. Topics such as food hygiene, fire safety and health & safety are covered.

Caring Together

In order to maintain our reputation as a leading Healthcare provider, we continually work with relatives to review and improve our services.

We ensure a comprehensive approach to caring for each client by regularly discussing their requirements, preferences and progress, as well as providing the opportunity to openly discuss any suggestions that any relatives might have. We put this information to use by designing integrated programmes of care based on each individual’s needs – social, physical, mental and spiritual. We also hold group meetings for clients, relatives and staff with the aim of generating ideas on activity programmes, charitable fund raising events, proposals for facilities at the Home, as well as general ideas for improvement.

As part of our commitment to caring together, we operate an ‘open house’. Family and friends are welcome to visit their loved ones at their convenience and are encouraged to participate in daily activities, events and outings. If you would like to share a meal with your loved one, just let us know and we will set an extra place!

Quality

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) monitor the Home twice per year to ensure it meets specific standards of quality care as well as all legislative health & safety requirements.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more, please contact us to arrange a time to visit. We would be delighted to show you around the Home and introduce you to our team.

 

Chester Nursing Home
27-29 Chester Avenue
Whitehead
Carrickfergus
Co. Antrim
BT38 9QQ
Tel: 028 9335 3060
Fax: 028 9075 2220
Email: [email protected]