Belfast care home opens new residential unit


On Thursday 11 April, a new general residential care unit opened at Dunmurry Manor care home for the elderly, with space for an additional 15 residents to reside at the home and receive professional, round the clock care and support.

The official opening event was attended by current Dunmurry Manor care home residents, their families and friends, health and social care professionals, visitors from the local area as well as broadcaster, Q Radio.

A buffet and refreshments were provided, as well as an entertainer in the form of regular visitor to the home, The Music Man. An sing-song and dance was was enjoyed by residents during the relaxed function to mark the opening of the new wing, catering for non-dementia residents. The new offering has its own dining and lounge areas, plus access to the home’s sociable Life Café and outdoor gardens.

In addition to the newly opened area of the home, Dunmurry Manor has capacity for 36 residents living with the effects of dementia and another 24 bedrooms for residents with dementia who require nursing care, all with shared communal spaces.

Home Manager, Michelle Montgomery, commented on expanding the capacity of the home, “We are delighted to open a new general residential unit at Dunmurry Manor for older people in our community to enjoy. We’ve strived to move past the previous challenges the home has faced, and have implemented and maintained such positive changes which have been widely recognised. My team have built a good reputation and instilled trust as a good service within our local community which has allowed us to expand our offering. We welcome anybody to come and meet us and take a tour of Dunmurry Manor.”

Runwood Homes Operations Director, Michael Doolin, who attended the event said ‘ Thanks to the team at Dunmurry Manor for facilitating this day. We envisage the opening of the new unit will lead to an increased number of enquiries at the home and we can now fulfill the local demand for residential care.”

Chief Operating Officer, Gavin O’Hare-Connolly, adds, “The team at Dunmurry Manor have worked incredibly hard to continually exceed standards and drive a positive change to the lives of those who share our home.
Under Michelle’s leadership the team has become focused and proactive in a recovery ethos of care and as such the new unit further cements our vision for offering high quality residential care in a fantastic environment.”


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