Belfast Telegraph

Six new jobs are created as activity care centre opens

By Audrey Watson

Six new jobs have been created by GL Care with the opening of a second older people's activity centre.

GL Care managing directors Liam Lavery and Peter Graham have opened Bardan Cottage at Kingsway, Dunmurry, with the help of funding from Danske Bank.

They opened the first Bardan Cottage in Newcastle, Co Down, in 2011 - the first independently owned daycare centre in Northern Ireland.

Mr Lavery said: "I actually grew up in a care home. My parents ran care homes and in those days you lived on the premises.

"After many years working in the family business and managing homes for other companies, I decided the time was right to start my own venture.

"Peter and I have known each other for 25 years. We admired each other's work ethic and although he is from a very different background - construction - we always discussed doing something together if an opportunity arose."

Both Bardan centres are designed to meet the needs of the Compton Report (a 2011 review of health and social care in Northern Ireland), which proposed to allow elderly people in need of care to remain living in the community and provide them with person-centred activities daily.

"Each centre is designed with people living with dementia in mind, but also accommodates for a wide range of conditions and offers a range of activities such as arts and crafts, gardening and movie screenings in an on-site cinema room," said Mr Lavery.

"The Dunmurry centre also features a unique 1940s/1950s-decorated room which is used by those who like quiet time to reminisce."

Mr Graham said: "My late father spent periods in a nursing home.

"While he was treated very well, activities were limited.

"When Liam told me about the Compton Report and his plan to open a daycare centre where elderly people could keep their minds and bodies active, it really appealed and we decided to do it together."

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