Runwood Homes is to create 45 jobs in Northern Ireland following its recent acquisition of three properties.
The leading care home operator is ploughing £300,000 into the revamp of Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen, Ard Mhacha Care Home in Armagh and Geanann Care Home in Dungannon, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
As part of the revamp, Runwood will increase the number of rooms by opening up previously unused wings.
Runwood also plans to open free cafes in each of the centres as well as a community allotments scheme to help transform the properties’ gardens.
Runwood Care Homes operational director John Rafferty said: “Those residents who lived very sustainably in the past will get to restore some of that sense of self – it helps them to get into the fresh air, builds their appetite and restores a feeling of self-worth and traditional values,” he said.
The cafes have already been introduced to most of the chain’s other UK care homes.
Mr Rafferty added: “The cafes will have a very relaxed, Parisian street cafe feel and will offer free tea and coffee.
“It’s to offer a relaxed environment to allow greater social interaction between residents, their family members and care providers.”
The investment also includes the extra nursing and dementia support and upskilling the workforce in partnership with Oriel Training.
Runwood provides care to around 4,000 residents at 67 residential homes across the UK.
The business opened a new care home in Glengormley in Northern Ireland in March, see (Runwood remains committed to expansion in Northern Ireland).