Barchester Healthcare Blog

Positive Ageing Week Comes to Knightsbridge

Monday 13 September 2010 | Posted by: Admin

Positive Ageing Week Celebrations will shortly be starting in Trim, which has been chosen as one of 15 towns nationally to host the Positive Ageing Week, which runs from September 24th to October 2nd


New Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Group

Tuesday 17 August 2010 | Posted by: Admin

A new Alzheimer's & Dementia support group called the 'Friday Club' has been set up in Knightsbridge Village with the support of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

The 'Friday Club' allows carers and their loved ones with Alzheimer's & Dementia to drop into Knightsbridge Village for a friendly chat and information exchange whilst enjoying a tea / coffee or scone.

The 'Friday Club' meets every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Further information is available fr...


Bealtaine Festival Concludes in Knightsbridge Village, Trim

Wednesday 02 June 2010 | Posted by: Admin

The final session of the Bealtaine Festival at Knightsbridge concluded  in Knightsbridge Village Hall on Wednesday 26th May with a Memoirs event entitled 'I Remember, I Remember'.

The event included short stories, prose and poetry about growing up and life experiences from members of the Boyne Writers. The event was very well recieved by the audiencen and was a fitting conclusdion to the Bealtaine Festival at Knighstbridge Village Trim.

A sincere thanks to a...


Bealtaine Festival at Knightsbridge Village

Monday 24 May 2010 | Posted by: Admin

The Bealtaine Festival continues its run in Knightsbridge Village in conjunction with the Boyne Writers Group.

On Wednesday 19th May, the group performed the Top 20 Hits of Poetry to a very appreciative audience. Paddy Smith & Michael Farry tooks turns in reading aloud a selection of 'favourite poems' and provided the audience with interesting and amusing footnotes about both the poets & their poems. One such poem, 'The Fairies' by William Allingham was included in the...


Trim and Crossakiel Active Retirement Groups Celebrate Garden Party at Knightsbridge

Thursday 13 May 2010 | Posted by: Admin

Trim Active Retirement & Crossakiel Young at Heart at Knightsbridge Garden Party


Tea Day at Knightsbridge Village raises important funds for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Thursday 13 May 2010 | Posted by: Admin

Important funds to help support the Alzheimer Society of Ireland have been raised at Knightsbridge Village, which celebrated Alzheimer's Tea Day on Thursday 6th May.


St. Patricks Day Celebrations at Knightsbridge Village

Monday 22 March 2010 | Posted by: Admin

The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations started early in Knightsbridge Village, Barchester Healthcare’s Nursing Home & Retirement Village, Trim with the news that Fergal Dunne, who works as a host in the Nursing Home was crowned the ‘Thorny Rose’ of Trim at the inaugural competition held in Knightsbrook Hotel.


Knightsbridge Host Crowned Thorny Rose

Tuesday 16 March 2010 | Posted by:

Knightsbridge Host Crowned Thorny Rose

The inaugural 'Thorny Rose' of Trim competition has been won by Knightsbridge Village Host, Fergal Dunne.

Fergal and his alter-ego 'Lucy Longsausage' accom...


Ireland Women's Bobsleigh finish 17th at Winter Olympics

Thursday 25 February 2010 | Posted by: Admin

In a fantastic run and a great vindication of their right to be in the competition, the Ireland Women's Bobsleigh team have fininished a very creditable 17th in the Women's Bobsleigh at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The team, consisting of pilot Aoife Hoey and brakewoman Claire Bergin who is the granddaughter of one of our residents here at Knightsbridge Care Village, looked at one point as if they might not have the opportunity to compete after both the Australian and Brazilian t...


New Stroke Website Launched

Tuesday 26 January 2010 | Posted by: Admin

A new website dedicated to Stroke information has been launched by the Irish Health Foundation. will serve as a resource for stroke related queries as well as a portal for the campaign to increase awareness of stroke and to improve the provision of stroke services nationally.

The newly formed Meath Stroke Support Group meets weekly at Knightsbridge Nursing Home.  The group provides a social support, activities as well as s...


Number of people waiting for treatment in Ireland's hospitals reached all-time high

Thursday 21 January 2010 | Posted by: Admin

We wrote recently about the fact that the number of people awaiting treatment on trolleys in Ireland's hospitals was in danger of reaching the levels of 2006- 485- which prompted Health Minister Mary Harney to declare as a 'state of emergency'. As of yesterday, the Irish Nursing and Midwives Association (INMO) have indicated that accident and emergency wards are at 'breaking point' as they treated a record 500 patients. Dave Hughes, INMO deputy general secretary, called on the government, w...


Sir Michael Parkinson looks back on year as Ambassador for Dignity for the Elderly Campaign.

Tuesday 12 January 2010 | Posted by: Admin

Sir Michael Parkinson, the acclaimed broadcaster and chat show host, today published a report looking back on his year as Ambassador for the UK Governments 'Dignity for the Elderly Campaign'
Although the campaign is UK based, the report does highlight many of the same issues faced by the care sector in Ireland, not least some of the funding issues and the giant steps that need to be made to ensure quality care for all.

400 waiting on hospital trolleys

Thursday 07 January 2010 | Posted by: Admin

The Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation have claimed that as many as 400 people are lying waiting for a bed or further treatments in A & E departments up and down the country.

The levels are rapidly approaching the 2006 levels of 485 patients which prompted health Minister Mary Harney to declare 'a state of emergency'

Labour claim that much of these 'bed blocking' incidents are due to spending cutbacks and the fact that as many as 1,000 patients currently occupying ...



Friday 01 January 2010 | Posted by: Admin

There were relatives, friends, good music, great food and an endless supply of fun and Christmas spirit at Knightsbridge Care Home on Wednesday afternoon, 23rd December 2009.  Although lots of residents may have been tired from the Carol service held the night before they still managed to partake in their Christmas party. There was lots of singing, dancing, cracker pulling, eating and drinking.  Everyone joined in the fun and made the afternoon truly memorable.  Watchin...



Friday 01 January 2010 | Posted by: Admin

Tuesday 22nd December 2009 was a very special night at Knightsbridge Care Home.  Trim Church Choir joined the residents, staff, family and friends of the Care Home in a very holy and moving evening bring home the true meaning of Christmas.  PV Dunne spoke on behalf of the choir and paid special tribute to Fr. Farrell who worked so hard with the choir over the years.  In 2006 Fr Farrell orgainised  a trip to Rome for the choir, where the choir performed  f...


Knightsbridge Residents enjoy a shopping extravaganza

Wednesday 23 December 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Tuesday 15th December Knightsbridge Care Home was host to a shopping extravaganza for residents and staff.  A number of local shops set up stalls in Knightsbridge Coffee Shop to allow residents and staff do some Christmas Shopping.  Shops taking part included, Adrian Dunne Pharmacy, Ninas Fashions, Shoe Boudoir, Knightsbrook River Spa, Gifts of Distinction and An Troman. An array of  mulled wine, mince pies, christmas cake and other festive goodi...



Wednesday 09 December 2009 | Posted by: Admin

A group of young children from the local national school in Trim, arrived at Knightsbridge Care Home on a blustery Wednesday afternoon, 9th December.  The children arrived in their Santa hats full of Christmas spirit and eager to perform for the residents.  Christmas Carols and  festive favourites filled the home as residents and some of the children decorated trees, and fire mantles.  A huge thank you to all the children and their teachers for a most enjoyable afternoon.



Wednesday 09 December 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Meath Stroke Support Group is a new voluntary group based at Knightsbridge Village in Trim.  The purpose of the group is to provide support for people who have experienced stroke.  The main focus of the group is to provide both a social outlet to exchange experiences and frustrations related to Stroke as well as stroke related excercises.  The first meeting of the Meath Stroke Support Group was held on Wednesday 2nd December at Knightsbridge Village.  the meeting was we...


Elderly 'feeling pinch' during recession

Thursday 26 November 2009 | Posted by: Admin

It has been revealed that elderly people on the state pension are heating just one room of their homes and foregoing purchasing new clothes in order to make ends meet during the recession.

'Older and Bolder' which is a coalition of older age groups, said that many older people were only managing on a week-to-week basis. In many cases they are hanging onto 'non-essential' items such as private medical insurance and their cars, but with the worry that they might not be able to do so ...



Thursday 26 November 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Residents of Knightsbridge Care Home enjoyed another wonderful afternoon of entertainment provided by local musician, Matt Gilsenan.  Matt, surprised the residents on Wed. afternoon 25th November, with a great afternoon of ceol agus craic.  Residents got  pleanty of  excercise unable to resist a dance to the familiar tunes and the tone was set for "Christmas" with lots of recitals of Christmas favourites.   Only one month to go!!!!!! 



Thursday 19 November 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Knightsbridge Care Home and Retirement Village celebrated Halloween in STYLE with a resident's party and pumpkin carving competition.  Residents were joined by staff for an aftenoon of entertainment provided by local musician and singer Matt Gilsenan.  Matt was joined by various staff members and residents with their own renditions of popular favourites.  One of the highlights of the afternoon was the pumpkin carving competion.  Seven staff departments battled for first pr...


So How does the Fair Deal Work?

Wednesday 07 October 2009 | Posted by: Admin

The fundamental purpose of the Fair Deal is to make nursing care accessible, affordable and anxiety free for those who need it.  Everyone who is in need of residential care will have to make a contribution to that care which will be means tested and strictly limited to 80% of their disposable income, and a maximum of 5% of their assets per annum. However, the first £36,000 of assets or £72,000 for a couple are not taken into account in the financial settlement, and after three ...


Minister Harney announces Fair Deal to start from 27th October

Monday 05 October 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Mary Harney T.D., the Minister for Health & Children, today announced that the long-awaited Fair Deal Nursing Homes Support Scheme, will come into operation from 27th October.  Further to that announcement, it was also announced that those who wish to be appointed as a care representative for those with diminished capacity, can do so as from today, 5th October by application to the Circuit Court.
If you require an application form or booklet regarding the scheme, please feel free ...


Dunboyne Active Retirement Group Visits Knightsbridge Village

Thursday 24 September 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Knightsbridge Village welcomed Dunboyne Active Retirement Group to Trim on Tuesday 22nd September.

The group arrived at midday and were given a full tour of the nursing & care facilities followed by a walkaround in the village grounds including the village hall, bowling green as well as the apartments & bungalows in the retirement village.

After the tour, the group reconvened in the Village Coffee Shop for lunch, tea/coffee & home-made biscuits. Commenting on th...


Wimbledoned Themed Chefs Competition at Knightsbridge Village

Monday 07 September 2009 | Posted by: Admin


Community Group Receives Funding Boost at Knightsbridge Village

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Posted by: Admin

A community group serving people with disabilities received a welcome boost in funding yesterday when it was presented with a cheque for almost €1,200 from the Irish Services Accommodation Institute (IASI) at a ceremony held in Knightsbridge Village Hall in Trim. The money was raised by members of the IASI through a raffle at their annual awards ceremony held in February of this year. At that event, Knightsbridge Village was awarded gold for outstanding accommodation and also won the suprem...


Knightsbridge Village celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday 18 March 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Residents of Knightsbridge Village, Barchester Healthcare’s Nursing Home & Retirement Village celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday with an informal gathering accompanied by friends and family. A number of residents joined with staff members and took advantage of the sunshine and mild temper...


Knightsbridge Village Celebrates First Anniversary in Trim

Monday 23 February 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Knightsbridge Village, Barchester Healthcare's nursing home and retirement village, celebrated its first anniversary at an event held in Knightsbridge Village on Friday afternoon. The first anniversary event took place in the village hall and was attended by over 150 people. Village residents, their families and staff were joined by members of the Ballivor Active Retirement Association, who were visiting Knightsbridge for the first time. Other groups attending included members of Trim Acti...


Knightsbridge Village Scoops Top Accommodation Awards

Saturday 21 February 2009 | Posted by: Admin

Knightsbridge Village, Barchester Healthcare's flagship nursing home and retirement village in Trim, Co.Meath scooped the top award at the Irish Accommodation Services Industry (IASI) 2008 award ceremony which was held in the Dunboyne Castle Hotel on Saturday night.
The IASI annual awards recognise excellence in the provision of high quality accommodation across a range of sectors including hotels, colleges, nursing homes and hospitals. Knightsbridge Village won a gold award for out...