News2018-11-06T14:09:23+00:00

– Caroline Handley, Staff Nurse at Maryland Healthcare shares her experience 

I started my career initially as a playgroup assistant for young children before becoming a private nanny for a local family. A friend quite casually asked me if I would be interested in a care assistant post in the nursing home she worked in. I accepted the job, and worked as a care assistant for over 12 years, but I knew I wanted to progress my career, and so decided to train as a nurse.

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– Maryland Healthcare’s first fire safety awareness training session 

Fire safety is always paramount throughout the year, but especially with Halloween having just passed with its fireworks and pumpkins glowing with candlelight, our thoughts are refocused on this issue. At Maryland Healthcare, however, no candles are in sight. A point well made to all staff by our very own Peter Marshall, Operations Director and onsite Fire Expert… or so he thinks!

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– A word with Sarah Louise Ritchie, Maryland Healthcare Supervisor 

At the age of 18 shortly after enrolling on the BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in health and social care, I took a job locally as a carer within the community.  I had no previous experience in health care and got the opportunity to go on placement in a range of different health care sectors. Whilst completing my placements I began my career with a domiciliary care agency and knew very quickly how much I loved working in a caring role. I continued to work in the community whilst completing my course and achieved a Distinction grade *** which gave me the drive to further my education within the health and social care sector.

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– Offering the largest nursing home bedrooms in Belfast –

At Maryland Healthcare, we are proud to say that we have some of the largest, newest nursing care bedrooms in the Belfast area. This essentially provides an almost apartment feel to the bedrooms, and ensures generous personal space for the resident.

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– Dementia in Northern Ireland –

The statistics regarding Dementia in Northern Ireland are shocking…

“There are over 20,000 people with dementia in Northern Ireland. People with dementia here are more likely to get a diagnosis than anywhere else in the UK, but there is still a huge amount to do to improve the care and support they get and to create dementia friendly communities”. (Source – Alzheimer’s Society N.I.)

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– A Note From Audrey Lockhead, Chairperson / Director at Maryland Healthcare –

My name is Audrey Lockhead and my dreams have come to fruition in Maryland Healthcare.

I have over 45 years’ experience in healthcare in the National Health Service, Private Hospitals and Care homes. I commenced my career in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1971. I have cared for all age groups during my career and I have made it my professional and personal ambition during my 34 years at senior management level to not only lead by example to deliver the highest standard of care but also to innovate improvement in care in our hospitals and care homes.

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– What makes a good nursing home? –

Nursing care is sometimes the first time a person has been admitted to a long term residence other than their own home. Often the person has lived at home all of their lives, and after a hospital admission, nursing care is the preferred option for comfort and safety. It is a big upheaval for both the person involved and their families. It is therefore extremely important that the most suitable nursing care home is identified, but what exactly makes a good care home?

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– Nutrition in nursing homes –

The number of elderly people in our population is increasing. Our job, as a society, is to respond to specific needs of the elderly and this can lead to permanent residency within a nursing facility. Nursing services provide all types of assistance, to replace or complement functions of home and family, including – organised food supply. . .

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– 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…

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– The Importance of Single En-Suite Bedrooms –

When choosing a care home, it is important to ascertain the quality and size of the bedroom accommodation. Why is this important?

En-suites are essential; the en-suite enables hygiene routines to be conducted on an individual basis, not sharing a bathroom with 10 / 15 other residents. This significantly reduces the risk from infections and cross contamination…

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– The Importance of Laundry Systems –

 When choosing a laundry system for a new build nursing care facility, a number of factors are crucial; practicality, user friendly, reliability and budget.

Laundry can often be one of the most frustrating components within nursing homes, with identification, infection control and washing instructions proving just some of the issues experienced.

At Maryland Healthcare we decided to go to the “next step” in laundry care.  Maryland has the first “barrier laundry system” within a community nursing care facility in Northern Ireland. . .

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– A word from Jessie McGreevy, Unit Manager at Maryland HealthCare –

“I fell into caring when I was 17 after taking time out after school to consider what to do with my life. This ‘accident’ definitely turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I started working as a care assistant in my local nursing home and realised very quickly that I loved looking after and being around the older generation. I applied to Queen’s University and to my surprise they accepted me. . .

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