Benchmark care home creates more than 100 jobs in Co Antrim

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A private care home in Co Antrim is to create more than 100 jobs with support from Ulster Bank. The Wood Green Healthcare centre in Jordanstown represents a funding outlay of almost £4m.

Sitting in a four-acre site, the home will specialist in frail-elderly and dementia care and cater for older people with dementia, vulnerable adults and adults with a physical disability. This will be a welcome addition the nursing homes already available within the area.

*What is dementia?

Dementia is not a disease but a group of signs and symptoms. The five most common signs and symptoms of dementia are:

  1. Struggling to remember things
  2. Difficulty in working things out
  3. Difficulty picking up new skills
  4. Struggling to adapt to physical and sensory changes
  5. Difficulties with orientation

Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and this number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025, with a projected rise to over 2 million by 2050. It mainly affects older people, both men and women, but it can be found in younger people. In the UK over 40,000 people under 65 years of age have dementia. Around two-thirds of people with dementia are women, the reason for this is unclear.

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The Belfast Telegraph article confirms more expansion of the care homes within the area, offering further employment within much needed specialist private care home facilities. Within the article the owner of the new care home 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.

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