Following guidance issued by the Department of Health in May, Springlawn House has reviewed our nursing home visitor guidelines. We aim to support our residents to see their families again in person and within the comfort of their own rooms. However, the most important thing to note at this time is that ALL VISITS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED.

New Nursing Home Visitor Government Guidelines

Due to new Government guidelines issued in May 2021 there is now a phased approach to relaxing visiting restrictions. These phases will remain in place to protect residents and visitors, staff, and the wider public.

Progression of the phases is dependent on the outcome of review and is not guaranteed. In effect, this means there is the potential to accelerate the easing of restrictions. But there’s also the potential to apply a ‘brake’ or to revert to a previous step if required. This will be dependent on monitoring. Likewise, the potential to accelerate the easing of restrictions will also be kept under review.

Summary of the Phased Approach to Nursing Home Visitor Guidelines

The first phase includes:

  • Increased number of visits for clients to two per week
  • Ongoing use of PPE- mask and apron
  • Number of visitors to each visit will be limited to 2 people at one time.
  • Children can visit but they will be counted in the above number of visitors. It is the responsibility of the adult accompanying any child, to ensure infection control measures are adhered to.
  • Handwashing to replace the use of gloves.
  • Visit booking system will remain in place.
  • Visiting in residents on room with windows open
  • Outside visiting continues as an alternative- weather dependent

The second phase includes:

  • Increased number of people able to visit at one time to a maximum of 4 from no more than 2 households at any one visit.
  • Close physical contact enabled to include ‘brief’ hugging. Aprons and masks to remain.
  • Ongoing booking of visits required.
  • Visiting in residents’ rooms with windows opened

The third phase includes:

  • No restriction on number of people who may visit but visits limited to visitors from two households per day.
  • Close physical contact enabled to include ‘brief’ hugging. Aprons and masks to remain.
  • Ongoing booking of visits required.
  • Visiting in residents’ rooms with windows opened

The fourth phase includes:

  • No restrictions on the number of visits or visitors.
  • Standard infection control measures including hand hygiene.
  • No booking required for appointments.
  • Visitors able to move around home.

Throughout all phases of the nursing home visitor guidelines, there will be enabling factors such as:

  • Enhanced cleaning of individual and communal spaces.
  • Maintain and adhere to ICP measures.
  • Screening of all visitors for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Isolation arrangements to respond to individual circumstances and as per policy.

Other Factors to Consider

The following will also be taken into consideration by management to accommodate a safe and effective visit:

  • Risk assessment
  • Staffing levels
  • Availability of cleaning staff which is essential to ensure enhanced clean following each room or designated visiting area.
  • Quantity of appointments that can be accommodated.
  • Times during course of day appointments can be available.

In the event of shortfall of staffing levels and availability of cleaning staff, management will act accordingly to ensure continued minimum risk. If a visit is not possible because of the risk to the individual and other residents and staff, management will communicate the reasons for this decision clearly to the resident and their family.

In the event of an outbreak, all movements in and out of a setting will be minimised as far as possible and limited to exceptional circumstances only.

Visitors’ Responsibilities

These responsibilities depend on which phase we are in. But below we the expectations and responsibilities of the visitors attending the care home during phase 1-3:

  • Avail of the booking system, this will require the visitor to contact the nursing home to schedule a visit. We cannot accommodate any visits which have not been booked with the nursing home staff. 
  • Completion of screening questions and temperature check on arrival. Temperature reading of 37.8 or above will result in visit being rescheduled.
  • Use of hand sanitising station upon entrance to nursing home.
  • Full adherence to personal protective equipment– mask and apron
  • Window to be kept open during full visit to ensure sufficient ventilation.
  • Full oversight of visiting by care home staff.
  • Adherence to social distancing of 2m.
  • Physical contact to be adhered to dependent on phase initiated.

Responsibility of visitor’s phase 4:

  • Standard infection control measures to be adhered to.

The Care Home Manager continues to remain responsible for making decisions regarding permitting visitors into any home on a day-to-day basis. However, such decisions must be based on a risk assessment, to which families and residents can contribute.

In addition, we have reviewed our appointments and have increased the number of appointments available each day to ensure all clients can avail of x2 visits weekly. room appointments will also be staggered to minimise footfall and ensure ongoing thorough cleaning. All visits must be booked in advance – we must all adhere to the home policy of restricted visiting times to allow enhanced cleaning of the area used following each visit.

It is important to note that all of our residents remain in the high-risk category from COVID 19 (Coronavirus) due to age, and medical conditions, therefore our visits will be phased, strictly managed, and reviewed daily in accordance with guidance and the wellbeing of residents. Please see video below to explain what to expect when you get here.

Springlawn has carefully considered how we can implement visiting as safely as possible, our policy has been developed following a thorough risk assessment of the nursing home with the aim to minimise the risk of infection, and ensure the safety of our residents, staff, visitors and outer public as much as possible.

The following policy will be effective from 11th May 2021

Principles for Visiting

Where possible, virtual visiting remains the preferred option as this will support us in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. Outdoor visits (weather dependent) and window visits also remain as an option.

Our face-to-face visits MUST be pre-arranged to reduce the number of people entering the home and to allow for adequate cleaning between visits. Our prearranged visits must be booked via telephone which will allow you to make an appointment for the next available visiting slot. Please note visiting slots cannot be block booked. This is to ensure all residents have an opportunity to receive visitors.

When booking your visiting slot, you will be asked where you wish to avail of visit such as room clients, designated visitors room downstairs or the visiting pod.

Upon your arrival you will then complete screening questions. You will have your temperature checked and be asked to sign a form declaring all information remains unchanged and that you are aware of your responsibilities when visiting.

Visits will now be increase to 2 visits per clients each week with 2 people allowing to attend the appointment. Visits can be accommodated for up to 1 hour.

Visitors must use hand sanitising facilities prior to entry.

Visitors must wear face masks that they must provide themselves and masks must be in place before entering the home then be provided with an apron.

You are asked not to bring anything with you into the home, such as food parcels, presents, etc unless discussed with the nurse manager following a thorough risk assessment. This is to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

Protocol on Arrival

The visitor must go to the front door to make staff aware they have arrived. Please do not make your way into the home. Instead, ring the bell and wait for a staff member to come to you. At the front door, visitors must complete a screening questionnaire and a staff member will also check and record your temperature.

Visitors must only enter when their mask is in place, apron worn, hand sanitised and screening questions completed.

You will then be accompanied to the room, where two chairs will be placed 2 metres away from the client to ensure social distancing

If visitors wish to discuss the wellbeing of the resident with the manager or nurse in charge, please do this via telephone. This will ensure visiting time is maximised with your loved one.

Toilet facilities cannot be used by visitors. Again, this is to reduce the spread of infection.

Protocol on Departure

Staff will make you aware when visiting time is over. You will then be accompanied back to the front door where you must dispose of your apron and use the hand sanitizer provided before you leave. Please ensure you keep your mask in place until you have left the building

You will exit from the same door you entered.

Additional Visiting Arrangements

Should a resident wish to have a visit from a Minister of Faith, an agreed and pre-arranged visit can be accommodated. This visit will not be counted as or replace a resident’s scheduled visit with family/friends. Visiting Ministers of Faith must adhere to the detail of the care home’s visiting policy.

End of Life Visiting

Families must seek permission in advance from the nurse in charge to visit end of life residents in their own room.

The nurse in charge will complete a thorough risk assessment to ensure it is complexly safe to allow this visit. The capacity of the family to provide informed consent relating to the risks associated with visiting will be taken into account as will the capacity of the patient to receive visitors.

If visiting is then approved by the nurse in charge, suitable times for visiting will be discussed. Only one visitor will be permitted at a time for an agreed amount of time. The nursing home may limit the frequency of visits, duration of visits, or numbers of visitors in accordance with the risk to other patients, other care staff, or other practical considerations in the care home.

In all cases, visitors must agree to undertake all actions and precautions issued by the nursing home for visiting and end of life visiting. Any decision to deny visiting rights will be made following a risk assessment and which will be communicated clearly with the resident and their family members/friends.

Our nursing home visitor guidelines will remain under constant review and we will continue to update you on any changes.

A Special Note of Thanks

This has been an extremely difficult period for everyone and we at Springlawn Nursing Home greatly appreciate how supportive you have been. We fully comprehend that you want to see your loved one as soon as possible. We ask for your patience on our phased visiting approach, as our number one priority is the safety of our residents.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you once again for your continued support.

For enquiries, please call +44 28 8224 4550 or email: springlawn@hotmail.com

In the meantime, you can view this SPRINGLAWN HOUSE VISITORS GUIDE VIDEO so you know what to expect when you get here:

Springlawn House has launched a #FindBrittney campaign, to locate and thank a mystery pen pal from Texas. Brittney’s colourful, hand-crafted response to a pen pal appeal was a beautiful boost to residents, says Manager, Clara Robinson. Springlawn House is part of the Springlawn Group of Nursing Homes in Omagh.

“Last September we launched an initiative to find pen pals for residents because visits are limited during Covid-19,” says, Clara. “We were overwhelmed with heart-warming support from people hoping to virtually befriend our residents.”

Brittney’s Surprise Package from Texas

“One set of letters, however, came as a huge surprise to us all. The package was from Texas, in the USA. It contained nine personalised letters – one for each resident who featured in the pen pal campaign. Each letter was enclosed in a coloured envelope with beautiful hearts, feathers and butterfly decorations. But there was no surname or address.”

“All that is known of Brittney is that she is a stay-at-home mother from San Antonio, Texas,” says Clara. “She also described how she took careful steps for infection control by closing each letter with washi tape instead of sealing the envelopes by mouth.”

“Springlawn House has worked hard to successfully remain infection free throughout the pandemic, so we really appreciated this extra effort. Our staff have been dedicated to residents’ care and connections at this time of social distancing.”

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#FindBrittney Social Media Campaign

Clara says Brittney’s letters made such a positive impact on residents that her team would love to return the kindness. “Management at Springlawn House are so grateful for the correspondence that we are calling on the power of social media to help us #FindBrittney”.

“Brittney didn’t give a return address, but we would love to find her to send a Thank You parcel from us all. She said she didn’t expect a response back, she just wanted to send smiles. This lady had never made contact with the home before, so it was a real surprise.”

“Our Facebook post to #FindBrittney has been shared to almost 10,000 people so far, but we haven’t been able to find her yet. If we do, we’ll send her an Irish hamper packed with treats like Tayto crisps and Dairy Milk chocolate.”

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Springlawn House Residents Love New Pen Pals

“Residents have been talking about how nice and exciting it was to receive a letter from the US.” Some were amazed at how far away their letters had come from, she adds.

“The pen pal initiative has given everyone a lift at Springlawn House. Each resident taking part is now connected with a person who shares similar interests.

Ms Robinson says they have tried to make a positive out of the limited visiting hours that the pandemic has imposed. “It has given us a chance to build on our relationships because we have more one-to-one time with our clients. We get to sit down with them for longer and get to know more about their background.”

“I am so proud of my very strong work team. We have great support from the families, who trust in us to look after their family. They have been so understanding. And our Facebook Page has proved a great way to keep residents and families in touch, virtually.”

Clara says Springlawn House would like to thank anyone who has helped with the #FindBrittney campaign so far. She adds that they would love Brittney to get in touch with them at springlawn@hotmail.com .”

Find out more about Springlawn House by visiting the Springlawn Group  of Nursing Homes on Facebook or on the Springlawn House page of the group website.

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Creative Activities Therapist Needed in Omagh

Are you creative, warm, organised and friendly? We are in need of a full- time Activity Therapist at Hillcrest Residential Dementia Facility in Omagh.

The Role of The Creative Activities Therapist

This is a creative job, with lots of scope to bring your talents and skills to the fore. You will be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating creative, stimulating and relaxing activities for the residents of the residential Dementia Floor at Hillcrest.

You will have strong organisational skills, be an excellent communicator and be committed to improving your skills through releveant research and training.

Some experience of working with older people is desirable but not necessary. You will be supporting the work of the carers, working closely with them to ascertain the needs of individual residents; in order to be able to provide personalised activities.

The activities, outings and events you organise will enrich the lifes of the residents and support their independence and dignity.

About Hillcrest Residential Dementia Facility

 Opened in 2009, Hillcrest Residential Dementia Facility is the newest addition to Springlawn Nursing Group. This specialist dementia care unit features 17 large en suite bedrooms on the ground floor.

This small and secure unit includes a cosy kitchen where clients can bake and gather for tea and a chat. It also has an enclosed garden, and clients can tend the fruit, vegetables and flowers in the raised beds. Or they can simply sit and enjoy the environment.

As part of our dementia care philosophy, residents are surrounded by picture and objects from their past. A dedicated activity therapist encourages residents to take part in various activities like bowls, arts, crafts and flower arranging. Our therapist also takes residents out on day trips to Omagh and surrounding villages.

How To Apply

For a complete list of the duties and an application form to apply, email hr@springlawngroup.com

Rate of pay will be discussed at interview stage.

 



During the coronavirus lockdown one of the employees of Springlawn House lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s. This personal tradgedy led her to start a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society. What began as a personal endevaour grew when the rest of the staff at Springlawn said they would like to be involved and then clients added their support.



Springlawn House staff and residents set off on a three mile walk on the 15th August, taking in the scenery off the backroads and returning to a celebratory BBQ at Springlawn House afterwards.

One of the carers, Seamus raised an impressive £200 on his own for this charity which is close to the hearts of everyone at Springlawn House.

 

Springlawn House would like to thank all the staff, residents, residents’ families and everyone in the community who so generously donated towards this wonderful cause. 




The Springlawn Group of Care Homes in Omagh is seeking to recruit a HR Officer. This is a permanent post and salary will depend on experience and will be discussed at interview stage.

HR Officer’s Role

The job of the HR Manager is to deliver and manage successful HR functions across the 4 homes in the Springlawn Group of Care Homes. This post is full time Monday to Friday. The successful applicant will be reporting to the Home Manager.

HR Officer’s Main Duties/Responsibilities:

  • All recruitment and selection duties to include advertising jobs, responding to enquiries, short-listing, co-ordinating the selection process in conjunction with home managers and drawing up job offers.
  • Administration of all HR-related documentation, such as offer letters, contracts of employment and updating personnel file.
  • Administrative responsibilities to complete all Access NI applications for new starts to the group.
  • Administrative responsibilities for obtaining references for new starts to the group.
  • Management of the induction process to ensure all new starts are integrated successfully into the company.
  • Management of the HR function including the maintenance of all fair employment monitoring information and accurate completion of annual returns.
  • Providing advice and guidance to managers and staff on employment legislation and employee relations matters as and when required.
  • Oversee time and attendance process, absence management and holiday management across the Springlawn Group.
  • Responsible for employee relations and engagement throughout the Springlawn Group.
  • Facilitate team meetings in partnership with home manager.
  • Complete employee appraisals in line with Homes policy.

Skills and Education

  • You will need a minimum of 1-year human resources experience.
  • Third level HR qualification and or CIPD qualification.
  • A comprehensive understanding of HR legislation.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are key.
  • Excellent organisational and IT skills.
  • Confidently liaise with internal and external stakeholders to meet goals.
  • Strong self-critique skills and an ability to evaluate the success and impact of strategies.
  • Assertive confident individual with a sense of humour.

About Springlawn House

Springlawn House is 39-bedroom care home which offers full nursing care, according to our clients’ needs. We have respite and step-down facilities for our short-term care residents. Our highly qualified staff at Springlawn House have been providing care since establishment in 1990.

From the latest post-operative recovery facilities to compassionate end-of-life care and short-term respite care, we are equipped to look after individuals with wide-ranging needs. We’re in a great location close to local shops, cafes and amenities.

Further Information on HR Officer’s Post

For details and applications, please email hr@springlawngroup.com  or call 02882552666.

 

The Springlawn Group of Care Homes has implemented necessary precautions to protect our clients and staff from COVID-19  – the Coronavirus. We have taken our lead from the Western Health & Social Care Trust.

We are asking the public, family and friends not to visit clients in our Nursing Homes unless absolutely essential. If you feel that it is necessary to visit, we ask that you firstly contact the Home and inform us of this.

We appreciate your support and patience during this tough time.  We have taken these precautions to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We will continue to review the situation and communicate any further updates.

Please practice good hand hygiene when in attendance to the Home and follow guidance on keeping yourself and others safe. To be of assistance, we have put together this short guide:

The Symptoms of Coronavirus

  1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
  2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. COVID-19 will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3 to 4 days
  3. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes a further 5 to 6 days.
  4. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
  5. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning.

It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

How to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

It’s important to know how the virus works and spreads, because there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. This way we can all play our part in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19.

  1. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the sun.
  2. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  3. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  4. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours but normal laundry detergent will kill it.
  5. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
  6. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, touch your nose or mouth unwittingly and so on.
  7. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
  8. Can’t emphasise enough – drink plenty of water!

Spread The Word – Not the Virus

Share this information as widely as you can, both online and verbally.

If you are worried that you or someone in your family may be at risk, NHS 111 offers direct guidance and have set up an online coronavirus helpline.  You can also call 111, letting them know that you are a carer.

Read these NHS answers to common questions about COVID-19 here.

If you have elderly relatives still living at home, please see the advice from AGE UK here.

 

 


The Springlawn Group of Care Homes is seeking to recruit a staff nurse in Omagh to lead care teams across their 5 care homes in the area. This is a full-time permanent position.

This position is suitable for overseas applicants who have passed the NMC’s CBT test of competence or have full registration with the NMC and can work 37.5 hours per week

About The Staff Nurse in Omagh Post

To support the Home Manager in providing leadership to the care team in a private residential nursing home with a positive caring outlook. Providing care services including;

  • administration of medication,
  • maintenance of patient’s records
  • liaising with families
  • dealing with professional visitors, for example, Social Workers or Doctors.

This post will have a key responsibility for the quality of nursing assessment, care planning and implementation. It also covers evaluation of care staff training. This is to ensure that at all times residents continue to receive an excellent standard of care.

The registered NMC staff nurse is required to perform all duties in accordance with the NMC register and RQIA guidelines.

The staff nurse is responsible for the promotion of teamwork within the Care Homes.

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £15.00 to £18.00 /hour

Education:

  • Diploma of Higher Education (Preferred)

Licence:

  • NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) (Required)

Language:

  • English (Required)

About The Springlawn Group of Care Homes

The Springlawn Group of Nursing Homes was established in 1988. The vision was and remains to create a friendly, welcoming and person-centred environment, which makes residents feel at home at all times. The ultimate aim was to avoid having an institutional or clinical feel to the nursing homes. As a result, all of our homes boast beautifully kept bedrooms and living areas. They also include tidy, spacious exterior gardens and courtyards which are accessible to all residents. Our homes provide the highest standards of nursing and dementia care in a pleasant and welcoming environment.

The homes are:

Springlawn House, 44 Dromore Rd, Omagh BT78 1RB, a 36-bedroom nursing home which offers residential and full nursing care.

Hillcrest Nursing Home, 23b Old Mountfield Road, Omagh BT79 7EL -which features 39 single en-suite bedrooms. This facility specialises in general nursing as well as dementia nursing. So, it has its own separate Dementia Residential Unit of 17 rooms on the ground floor.

Hillside Residential, 23a Old Mountfield Road, Omagh BT79 7EL –  a specialist facility which focuses particularly on functionally mentally ill patients. It consists of 12 single rooms and care is provided by care assistants who encourage and promote the independence of all residents.

Hillview Lodge, 23 Old Mountfield Road, Omagh BT79 7EL – a private nursing home with 20 en-suite rooms, 16 consisting of general nursing and 4 consisting of dementia nursing.

Knockmoyle Lodge, 29 Knockmoyle Road, Omagh BT79 7TB – a 38-room private care home in the rural hinterland of Omagh, with its own separate and specialised Dementia Care Unit.

How to Apply for the Staff Nurse in Omagh Post

To enquire or to request a job application form, please call Audrey on  +44 28 8224 4550  or email her at springlawn@hotmail.com.  You can also download an application form and health declaration form here.