We encourage all our residents to get involved in activities. For newer residents it can be a great way to mingle with others and get to know people. Making friends can really help residents to settle in and manage the change of environment. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions for activities.
Activities & Services
Elderwell Programme 2.30pm – 4.00pm
This session consists of a variety of activities including bingo, arts and crafts, quizzes, reminiscence, games, etc.; it is great fun and aims to exercise the mind and body. No matter what physical level our guests are at, there is always something to do.
Fit For Life 3.00pm – 4.00pm
This session is an exercise programme designed for the older adult to keep flexibility and mobility at optimum levels. The exercises consist of upper and lower body strengthening and balance improvement. Again, we encourage residents of all fitness levels to join in.
Hairdresser 10.00am – all day
HAIRDRESSING – The hairdresser, Catherine, attends every Wednesday at 10.00am and stays most of the day.
Please inform the staff if you would like an appointment and we will arrange it for you. Colours and perms need to be arranged in advance with the hairdresser. Payment is made directly to Catherine or can be put on a monthly bill.
Live Music 2.00pm – 4.00pm
This session is taken by a musician with piano and singing. The residents pick the songs and sing also.
Once a month there is Catholic Mass on a Friday, usually at 4.00pm.
Every other Friday of the month is Movie Afternoon at 3.00pm.
Nursing Home Services
The chiropodist, Nan, attends fortnightly or more often if required. An appointment can be arranged through the staff and payment is either directly to Nan or by monthly bill.
We have a physiotherapist who your GP can refer you to if required. She will attend you in the nursing home by appointment. Payment is made directly to the physiotherapist and can be claimed from your private health insurer if applicable.
Ministers of all religions attend the nursing home on a regular basis. Communion is given every Sunday to Catholic residents and mass is once a month.
Church of Ireland ministers attend once a month also.
Newspapers are delivered daily to the home for the residents use. If you require a specific paper or your own copy of a paper please let us know.
If you require any shopping the staff will organise this for you.
There are telephone points in all rooms and private telephones can be installed, please ask management if you would like to arrange this. Mobile phones can be used in all areas of the home at any time. There is a portable phone at reception and a public coin operated phone in the entrance hall available for all residents and visitors.
There is a TV in each bedroom and in the living rooms. There are a number of Free to Air channels available in the bedrooms, or you can receive sky if you bring your own decoder. The channels in the living rooms include all the Sky digital channels plus sports and movies.
The staff will do your laundry for you if you require. All laundry being done in the home must be labelled with the resident’s name. All washing, drying, and ironing is done free of charge. Dry cleaning can be arranged for a charge.
A Residents Committee meets every six weeks to discuss any improvements that could be made to enhance life in Douglas Nursing Home. All residents are welcome and encouraged to voice their opinions. The meeting is facilitated by the Elderwell Team and the minutes are forwarded to the Director of Nursing to be discussed and recommendations implemented.
Residents may smoke in the Smoking Room at any time. Smoking in the bedrooms and living rooms is strictly forbidden on safety grounds and for the comfort of other residents.
Visitors and staff are not allowed to smoke in the home.