Health Minister Robin Swann has officially opened the new £2m dementia wing at Oakmont Lodge nursing and residential home in Bangor.
Operated by Dunluce Healthcare, the 24-bed facility designed specifically for the needs of those living with dementia, provides residential and nursing care of the highest quality, in beautiful and modern surroundings.
The extension to the Bangor West home, which employs 100 staff, brought the overall number of beds to 80.
Ryan Smith, Chief Executive of Dunluce Healthcare said:
“We are incredibly proud of the exceptionally high standard of our dementia wing, both in terms of the finish and the level of care it offers, ensuring we really do offer a fantastic home for our residents.
“It was a pleasure therefore to welcome the Health Minister Robin Swann to Oakmont Lodge, which we believe can act as a centre of excellence in dementia care for the future.”
Each bedroom in the dementia wing features modern and comfortable furniture while the facility also includes spacious lounges and dining rooms overlooking a large sensory garden.
Health Minister Robin Swann said:
“I greatly enjoyed the visit to Oakmont Lodge and the opportunity to meet residents, staff and owners. I welcome the excellent work that’s been done here to improve the standard of care and comfort of those living with dementia.
“The condition is one of the greatest health care, social and economic challenges facing society and the demographics indicate that this is likely to continue for some considerable time, or until a cure for dementia is found. I recognise that for those living with dementia, specialist care is invaluable to help improve their overall quality of life and I am committed to continuing to pursue improvements in care and support for those with dementia and their families.”
Dunluce Healthcare also recently announced plans to build an £8 million nursing home in Newtownards which will accommodate 80 residents and create 100 permanent jobs.
Building work on the centre at the former site of Ards FC is due to commence in June and will take around 18 months to complete.
For more information on Dunluce Healthcare or Oakmont Lodge please visit www.dunlucehealthcare.com