– A word from Jackie Woods, Director Of Nursing at Maryland Healthcare

Jackie Woods, Maryland Healthcare Director of Nursing has over 23 years’ experience in the private healthcare sector. Her previous position was managing a home for 15 years, which was built in 1994. Jackie has seen the nursing home sector change throughout the years and what was deemed as an appropriate facility 20 years ago is not fit for purpose now.

Jackie explained: “Resident and staff expectations are higher. It is therefore important to provide an environment which is not only exceeding standards now, but which is adaptable, fit for purpose and future proof.”

At Maryland Healthcare, we provide a truly amazing nursing care facility of which there is nowhere else like it in Northern Ireland. Our healthcare staff are happy and proud to be working in such an environment and most importantly, the residents who we provide care to, enjoy all of the amenities we have to offer.”

Jackie adds: “Maryland is an elegant purpose-built property offering 84 spacious en-suite private rooms in four units of 20, 20, 22 and 22 rooms. The en-suite bedrooms are nearly twice the size of standard nursing home bedrooms, and offer an almost apartment feel to the accommodation.

Maryland offers dementia, old age, physical disability and terminally ill 24-hour nursing care, with the principle aim of the service to provide a standard of nursing care and clinical performance to residents that reflects best practice, through the application of ‘Person Centered Care’ throughout Maryland Healthcare.”

Maryland Healthcare goes above and beyond in providing both inside and outdoor space for residents.

Jackie explains: “Maryland Healthcare is set within the most beautiful natural enclosure, which includes therapeutic gardens, sensory gardens, secure gardens, orchard, soft fruit area, allotments, kitchen garden, contemplation garden, livestock meadow and wildlife supporting flora. Residents also have the added benefit of therapy ponies, therapy dog, rabbit, guinea pig and goats.”

“At Maryland, our activity programme provides a range of entertaining activities available to complement person centered care. We provide a wealth of activities to maintain physical and mental dexterity. We have an on-site library and ability to view regular church services.

“We also have an activity room with 80-inch TV for film nights, which the residents enjoy as well as a café area for visitors to make themselves tea and coffee whilst visiting loved ones. The café opens up onto an internal garden which has our residents Dexter the rabbit and Brian the guinea pig.”

MHC staff team will encourage residents to maximise their potential, thereby enabling them to pursue existing interests and develop new ones.

Jackie concludes: “Working as part of the Maryland Healthcare team is a pleasure. From the large, spacious communal areas to the outside gardens, residents and visitors alike are full of praise for our nursing care facility, the Maryland staff and our many pets.

“The most important component of any nursing care facility is happy residents, and when there are happy residents, it equals happy staff. We are very proud of our achievements within Maryland Healthcare, of which we will be part of the local community for many years to come.”