Belfast Telegraph

Co Antrim care home creating 100 jobs with £4m investment

By John Mulgrew

A Co Antrim care home is creating more than 100 jobs as part of a major investment. The 80-bed Wood Green Healthcare centre, just off Circular Road in Jordanstown, represents a funding outlay of almost £4m.

It's being supported by Ulster Bank.

It sits on a four-acre site and will specialise in frail-elderly and dementia care, and has private landscaped garden for residents.

It will open its doors later this month.

The company is currently recruiting the new staff.

Owner Malachy Donnelly said: "The care home's approach is about much more than meeting the care needs of residents.

"It is about looking after the whole well-being of the individual, providing a luxury lifestyle that is both enriching and rewarding.

"Ulster Bank have supported in helping us achieve this.

"This is a benchmark healthcare facility where residents receive the best care possible, as all care assistants and staff are trained extensively in-house, not only to comply with the required national standards, but to the home's own exacting standards."

Nigel Walsh, director of commercial banking at Ulster Bank, said: "The management team behind Wood Green Healthcare Ltd have considerable experience in the sector from a care and an operational perspective.

"Ulster Bank is delighted to support this project given the economic and social contribution that it has the potential to make through its development and operation."

It comes after a Co Armagh nursing home said it was investing £450,000 to upgrade and expand its facilities with the support of Ulster Bank.

Collegelands Private Nursing Home on Lislasly Road near Moy is adding 10 new rooms and refurbishing and upgrading existing rooms and living spaces.

When the work is completed, it will provide 30 single rooms, meeting increasing demand for space.

Patrick McAvoy, director of Collegelands Private Nursing Home, said: "We are very proud of the investment that we have made, which positions Collegelands as a modern and attractive facility for residents and potential residents.

"We are very grateful to Ulster Bank, whose expert team have played a crucial role in helping make this investment a reality."

In December it was announced that a new home for elderly and vulnerable adults in Belfast was to open as part of a £8.3m investment, creating 240 jobs.

Audrey Lockhead, a former head of Four Seasons Healthcare in Northern Ireland, is one of three directors involved in the new 80-bed Maryland healthcare centre in Castlereagh.

It's understood around 100 building jobs will be created during construction at the site, off Knockbracken Road.

Approximately 140 people will be employed when the centre is up and running next year.

The positions will range from senior nurses and carers to administrative, kitchen and domestic staff.

The home, which has been in the planning for 10 years, will cater for older people with dementia, vulnerable adults and adults with a physical disability.

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