£1.5 million investment in Garvagh home

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The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) has announced that it is to purchase the former Four Seasons care home in Garvagh to create a new residential care home for older people, including those with dementia.

Four Seasons announced at the beginning of this year that the care home in Garvagh would close.

Now, PCI say they will complete a £1.5 million redevelopment and refurbishment of the home will increase overall residential care for older people, with the creation of 50 en suite rooms. It will involve the relocation of services from its Londonderry and Portrush residential care homes, Ard Cluan House and York House, which will be sold.

Lindsay Conway, Secretary to PCI’s Council for Social Witness said, “As the continued wellbeing of our residents is our priority, this development is an exciting opportunity for the future as we are committed to improving the standard of our residential care.”

He explained that the envisaged relocation to the new site would increase PCI’s ability to provide much needed residential care for older people in the north west region, including services for those with dementia.

“There is huge potential in Garvagh to create a wonderful, modern and welcoming home with a Christian ethos that will be fit for purpose for many years to come. We do however, understand the complexities and issues associated with the move, which is why throughout the process we will keep our residents, their relatives and our staff informed of developments,” Mr. Conway said.

As part of the relocation and refurbishment process, which should take between six and nine months to complete, staff and relatives will be involved in the selection of furnishings for the new home and choosing its decoration.

“The whole process will be carefully managed and undertaken with minimal disruption. It will also take place in consultation with our colleagues in the Health and Social Care Trusts,” he said. It is expected that the new home will open in the spring of 2017.