Situated close to Antrim Area Hospital and Holywell Hospital off the M2, Massereene is registered for the EMI category of care, primarily for patients with dementia and functional mental illnesses.
Following extensive and on-going research into Dementia, and working closely with Stirling University, the award winning home has been designed with the Dementia patient’s every need in mind, with specialist features to reduce and alleviate the distress, disorientation, and confusion so often experienced with this type of illness.
With the world of dementia care always changing, staff at Massereene work hard to keep pace with the changes and, since opening in 1997, we have consistently added to our features and ensured our staff are expertly trained.
We are also proud of our strong links with the Alzheimer’s Society and have carefully implemented their standards throughout the home. All care staff are inducted using a ‘Person Centred’ training programme using both Alzheimers Society and Dementia Services Northern Ireland Training Resources – which we also open up to families who want to know more about Dementia.
At Hutchinson Care homes we have over 20 years experience in providing award winning care for the elderly in the Antrim area, with our six private care homes, Clonlee and Massereene Manor in Antrim, Drummaul House and Glenkeen House in Randalstown and Ballyclare and Clareview in Ballyclare offering patients a safe, secure and homely environment where their every need has been thought about. All Hutchinson Care Homes are able to facilitate day care for people who require care and companionship or supervision during the day. The service offers relief to family and care givers and may allow them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe.
A recent £2 million investment in our new extension, Adeleine House brings us an additional 24 beds at our existing site, all en suite, with the most modern up to date assistive technology providing increased comfort for our residents. This investment is further proof of our commitment to bring the best care for the elderly in the East Antrim area particularily in the area of Dementia Care and we now have 74 single rooms on the Massereene Manor site.
We believe that this new building represents the very best Dementia Care Environment throughout Northern Ireland. We have followed very closely the advice given in the Regional Strategy from DHSSPS for Improving Dementia Services in Northern Ireland.
We have sought the best advice from expert stakeholders and key suppliers throughout the UK including Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre based in The Northern Ireland Science Park and the Iris Murdoch Building at Stirling University to provide inspiration in designing and remodeling these new care home facilities for people with dementia.
Built over three floors, the Edenhill Unit on the ground floor, the Maplehill Unit on the first Floor and Staff and Training facilities on the second Floor our new Building is known as Adeleine House and the original building is known as John Irvine House.
Key Benefits and Resident Amenities
- The building provides accessability for disabled people including wheelchair users.
- As Infection Control is high on our agenda we have dedicated handwashing facilities for visitors on entering the building. All surfaces have been carefully chosen to control and prevent infection and especially our windows which feature integrated blinds.
- Wayfinding is a primary focus of many of the design features throughout the Home including specially tailored signage.
Edenhill and Maplehill Units Key Features
- The units design incorporates low level unobtrusive ‘Nurse Stations’ and open plan design in order to increase visibility and to promote a relaxed environment.
- Maximum use of outside views and natural light is intended to aid orientation of time and place.
- Both units are air-conditioned.
- Contrasts are key to vision and there is evidence in all areas of the home where this concept has been taken full advantage of – for example contrasts in colour between signage and background mounts, between toilet seats and toilets, flooring and skirtings.
- A wide range of dementia – supporting technology includes flooding detectors bed sensors and a voice activated patient call system.
- Lighting maximizes the use of daylight, minimizes glare and is another way of increasing contrasts. We have consulted with lighting experts to minimise the effects of sundowning.
- Bathroom areas promote relaxation and enjoyment of the bathing experience.
- Memory Boxes outside each individual bedroom aid orientation.
- Bedroom furniture has also been designed to help people easily find their clothes e.g. drawer design and wardrobe lighting.
- En-suite toilets are positioned to be easily visible from bed.
- The Sensory Garden was created with the aim of providing easy access and maximum use. There is some shelter so that it is comfortable and there are a range of high and low level flower beds for ambulant and non-ambulant residents to enjoy planting and tending.
- Plants have been specifically chosen to increase sensory awareness and trigger memory.
- Space will promote outside activities.
- The staff training suite provides a dedicated space with up to the minute technology in order to meet our comprehensive plans for further investment in training.
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