Amore Care’s Bannview House in Banbridge has been highly commended in the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s Best Kept Awards.
The home, which is part of the Priory Group, attracted praise in the 2014 Best Kept Residential Facility (Southern Region) category.
Bannview was judged on the quality and tidiness of its outside space which encompasses attractive enclosed gardens and patio providing residents with a safe and relaxing place to sit and enjoy the outdoors.
The home, which provides quality care and support for 80 people, was recognised for its ‘notable contribution to the enhancement of the environment’.
The Best Kept Awards’ commendation follows the home being acclaimed for its catering and nutrition by Minister for Health Edwin Poots during a recent visit there.
Mr Poots toured the kitchen, which has a five star food hygiene rating, and was interested in how the food was sourced and prepared and commended the home on providing a choice of meals that is both tasty and nutritional.
John Rafferty, Manager of Bannview Care Home, said: “We take great pride in the quality of our outdoor space where time and hard work has been invested in creating a haven where residents can relax and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
“We are very proud that the external environment and floral displays have been singled out for praise by the judges of these leading environmental awards. “
Bannview House is a modern, purpose-built nursing home, which features comfortable lounge and dining areas and an arts and activities room. Many of its rooms have stunning views of the surrounding countryside
Activities are a key part of the home’s daily life and there are activities co-ordinators who develop individual activity schedules tailored to the personal lives and interests of residents.
Residents also enjoy regular outings to local venues including cafes, restaurants, pubs, concerts, theatre, parks, gardens or places of historic interest.