Visiting Arrangements




Dear Relative / Friend


Re:         Visiting Arrangements

Due to increased concerns regarding the upsurge of the COVID-19 virus in Northern Ireland, we write to provide you with notice that visiting continues to be restricted in the Homes.

Many of you will be aware that we have introduced the Care Partner concept within the Group.  Details regarding this concept are available from our Nurse Managers.

Decisions regarding visiting are not taken lightly however we hope that you will understand that this is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your loved one and to help prevent any outbreak or spread of this virus in the Home.

We have invested in a number of social media devices to ensure that you can keep in touch with your loved one on-line however, as before, because of the increased pressure on staffing, we would ask you to limit calls to between the times of 11am and 8pm if possible.

It would be useful going forward, if you could please provide us with email addresses to enable us to contact you to ensure that you are furnished with more specific information regarding visiting etc.

Please be assured that, should your loved one fall ill or in any client emergency that you will be informed in the usual manner.

We appreciate that this may be disappointing news for you however; we would reiterate that our main objectives in introducing these measures are to protect our clients, staff and the general public.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of the Home to thank you for your continued support and encouragement and to ensure you of our commitment to the ongoing care of your loved one in these very difficult times


Yours sincerely



Mr R D Wilson

Managing Director


We fully understand the rights of our clients/residents to receive visitors however, as the spread of this virus has proven to have a particular negative effect on the frail and elderly, we believe it is necessary to apply restrictions to visiting the Home to ensure the safety and well being of your loved one and of our staff.

We would ask you to contact the Home between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday to arrange these visits.

Please be aware that we cannot facilitate ad hoc / unscheduled visits

We would also ask you to note that, should there be an outbreak in any of our Homes or should there be another wave of this Pandemic, we will revert to closing the Home to visitors and will follow Government guidelines accordingly.

The attached policy details the measures that we believe need to be taken and we would ask you to read them carefully and contact the nurse manager should you have any queries.

You will note from this information that it will be necessary to contact the Home to schedule visits and we would ask you to bear with us whilst we make the necessary arrangements to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure that visits are as safe and as comfortable as each Home can make possible.

Our visiting policy will of course be reviewed as restrictions ease and we receive further guidelines on managing visitors to the Home.

We appreciate your support and understanding through these difficult times.

Long Service as ‘new ‘ normal


The long service awards were presented as normal in Larne Care Centre to the following

Gavin Smith – 10yrs
Nikki Brown – 5 yrs
Tracey Bowen – 5yrs
Veres Lonela  – 5yrs


Thank you for your service.


Mary Ellis, thank you for your 10 years of service

John’s 1000 step a day challenge

John Gardiner is a 98 year old resident in our Whitehead Private  Nursing home.

As an avid walker, John was inspired by the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore and wanted to raise money for children during these difficult times.  He has pledged to walk at least 1000 steps every day during lockdown and is raising funds via ‘Just Giving’.

All monies raised will go directly to ‘Action for Children’.

We are very proud of him and he is being fully supported raising money for this wonderful cause by staff and residents as well as the community.

We can all encourage this  inspirational man to take the next step by donating through via the Just Giving link below.

Please share this link with friends and family.

Thank You John

A Poem from Wilson Group to Residents Families

Below is a poem penned by our operations manager  in Abingdon Manor Care Center, Sylvia Kennedy.

Sylvia  managed  beautifully to put into words what we are in  Wilson Group are all  feeling at the moment .



COVID -19 ( Coronavirus)

Dear Relative / Friend


Re:         COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Further to our previous correspondence, we have decided to write to you again following yesterdays’ announcement by the Government regarding advice on social distancing.

Due to increased concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, we have taken the decision to stop visits to the Home with immediate effect.

We have not taken this decision lightly as we understand that visits are mutually beneficial to both our clients and their families but hope that you too will understand that taking this cautionary action will help prevent the spread of this virus to those who are most vulnerable.

We also understand that you will need to keep in touch with us about your loved one so please feel free to contact the Home by phone.  We would however ask you to limit calls to between the times of 11am and 8pm if possible.

Please be assured that, should your loved one fall ill or in any client emergency that you will be informed in the usual manner.

Staffing Pressures

You will be aware that we expect the spread of COVID-19 to have a severe impact on our staffing levels and it is with this in mind that we would ask relatives or friends to consider volunteering to assist with the care of their loved one in the Home.  We would provide the necessary training for you in these circumstances.

Alternatively, we would ask you to spread the word to your relatives and friends that we are seeking to recruit carers either on a permanent or relief basis.  Details on how to apply can be found on our website –

We appreciate that this may be disappointing news for you however we would reiterate that our main objective in introducing these new measures are to protect our clients, staff and the general public.

Yours sincerely

Mr R D Wilson

Managing Director

The Wilson Group, Cliftonville Integrated P.S & Dolly Parton

The Wilson Group, Sponsors of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School.

At the end of December The Wilson Group committed to a generous donation of £6000 to the ‘Dolly Parton Imagination Library’ in Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, Belfast.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of United Kingdom is a free book gifting organisation devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere.

During his visit to the school in December Mr Wilson stated that’ if Dolly wants to help our next generation then the Wilson Group will do its bit too’.

Colin Nimmon, Wilson Group Finance Director and Mr Desmond Wilson Wilson Group MD with the kids and Baroness May Blood  at the Cliftonville Integrated Primary School Christmas Play.


Colin Nimmon, Desmond Wilson, Baroness May Blood and Mrs Laura Holdsworth, Teacher at Cliftonville Integrated P.S enjoying reading the books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Dedicated Abingdon Manor staff raise over £1000

Once again the staff of Abingdon Manor have shown how dedicated they are  to helping others!

On Sat 21st September 14 members of Abingdon Manor walked the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in Co Fermanagh.

They managed to raise an amazing £1060 for the NI Hospice and the NI Air ambulance.

Well done everyone and thank you for all your hard work .





Success at IHCP awards !

The excellent care and support at The Wilson Group Nursing Homes is taken as a given but it is nice to receive official recognition.

At the recent Independent Health & Care Providers (IHCP) awards the Wilson Group was nominated for 2 awards. To be nominated they had to provide evidence of having worked outside the scope or standard normally expected in this role

Larne Care Centre was nominated and won The Care Team Award. Just one example of excellence in this area was a client who came is severely immobilized through medical complications. The family were told their relative may never fully recover but with the determination and help of the Larne staff they were able to return home within a year. Family members stated that without the care and attention provided by Larne staff she would never have been able to return home.


 Well done to the Successful Larne Care Centre Nursing home Team



Abingdon Manor Care Centre received the second nomination at the awards was the individual Nursing Award. We were very proud of Brenda Service who came runner up in this category.

Brenda regularly goes out of her way to help clients. She regularly takes them to hospital appointments on her days off. On one occasion she spent her Saturday night at a resident’s hospital bedside until family arrived from far off. Brenda organised for 4 residents to attend a football match at Windsor Park where they sat in the VIP box to watch the match. 

                                   Well done to Brenda being recognized for her outstanding work



Enjoying the success on the night.