In December 2019 we opened our doors, in the heart of Swords. We offer stunning panoramic views of Swords town and Swords Castle, from our Castle Café located on our Top Floor. We are located beside the Ward River and our courtyard and secret gardens are the perfect place to unwind or soak up some sun in the summer months. Swords village is a community filled with spirit, and Care Choice Swords is proud to be an active member of this community. With links to local clubs, councils and enjoying many activities within the village, we love to be at the centre of community life.
We know all our residents are individuals, they have families, friends, opinions and many diverse hobbies. We want our residents to enjoy the things that are important to them and cherish the pieces that make them unique. We like to try to go the extra mile to make our residents comfortable, have fun, get involved and generally enjoy the experience of our Home and yet still feel like they can be exactly as they would in their own homes.
We are incredibly proud of the environment we have created with our incredible team who are mostly from the Swords area. Every staff member understands the part they play in Care Choice Swords, and we view everything as a team effort. Our team are approachable, friendly, and have created a fun environment for our staff and residents.
In CareChoice Swords we believe that learning is a lifelong experience, and we can learn so much from our residents. We have a strong focus on education for our staff, this combined with our continuous learning makes sure we’re always offering the highest standard of person-centred care to our residents.
We always have time for questions or queries from our staff, residents, or our resident’s families. We believe in transparent and open communication and this is at the heart of our ethos. Should you ever have a query feel free to approach any member of our team who will be happy to assist you.
We like to encourage visitors and family in CareChoice Swords and we always do our best to have maximum accessibility for all. Please speak to a member of our team if you would like to find out more information about our visiting.
Jill O’Neill – Senior Administrator
Jill looks after all Admissions Enquiries in CareChoice Swords and is the main point of contact when you get in touch with us. She has over 7 years of experience working within Nursing Homes as an Administrator. Jill has been a member of the CareChoice Swords team since its opening. Jill’s background is in the legal profession having previously worked in Dublin, Channel Islands and Australia.
Jill will be delighted to guide you through the admission process and is always available to answer any questions you may have.
If you are looking to enquire about admissions in CareChoice Swords please contact Jill on:
(01) 22 33 880 and select ‘Admissions’, or alternatively email Jill at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Balfe – Director of Nursing
Qualifications: Diploma in Intellectual Disability Nursing & a Higher Diploma in Healthcare Management.
Professional Focus: Simon has 16 years’ experience working as a nurse in the intellectual disability, psychiatric and care of the elderly sectors. Simon gained experience over the years in these sectors and moved up through the management ladder. Simon previously worked in the Midlands as Nominee Provider for 14 centres with adults with intellectual disability. Simon has worked as a DON in nursing homes in south Dublin for the last 6 years.
Director of Nursing
I feel at home and everyone makes me feel special and helped me to settle in at the beginning stage.– Resident CareChoice Swords
In CareChoice Swords, we offer a range of different services to our residents.
A sample of some of these services are:
We have a dedicated Head Chef who oversees all meals and snacks in CareChoice Swords. Our Head Chef is specially trained in the IDDSI framework for people living with dysphagia to make sure every meal is one to remember. Supported by our fantastic catering team, our mealtimes are an experience for everyone. We create our monthly menus with our residents and display our menus for all to see. We also cater for special occasions like, our French Riviera night, where we created a tailored French menu to complement our French theme.
To us great food is a necessity when you live in CareChoice Swords. Our food is always delicious and thoughtfully presented.
We have a great Activities Programme filled with fun activities and outings for our residents. We have enjoyed Choir Singing at Christmas, Concerts from the Garda Band, Summer Parties and Festivals and are looking forward to many more.
The construction of CareChoice Swords involved a multidisciplinary team, with the care of residents at the core of its design. Each floor has a personalised interiors theme, and they are named after local areas in Swords. CareChoice Swords is filled with artwork and photographs provided by local historians, and is a great way to honour the rich history surrounding us in Swords.
Our secure courtyard features raised flower beds for residents who enjoy some light gardening and lead onto our very own secret gardens. Our rooftop balcony looking over Swords Village is the perfect place to soak up some sun rays on a summer’s day. We also have a private balcony with direct access from our Dementia Friendly Floor. Our Home is modern but maintains a sense of warmth to make all our residents feel comfortable and at home.
The result is a stunning 158-bed nursing home, which boasts a number of wonderful features:
- Dining Rooms – one on each floor
- Sitting Rooms – one on each floor
- 3 Activities Rooms
- 3 Quiet Rooms
- Large open plan Reception area with seating for family and residents
- The Castle Café, located on our top floor, with stunning panoramic views of North County Dublin, is perfect for private family gatherings
- Private underground Car Park
- Controlled access to and from the building
- Beautifully landscaped Courtyard
- Includes raised flower beds that leads onto our two secret gardens
- Balconies located on each floor
- Outdoor rooftop seated area, located on our top floor
- Outdoor rooftop area with direct access from our dementia friendly floor
- Nurses Stations on each Floor
- Dementia friendly floor
- Assisted bathroom on each floor
- State of the art kitchen and laundry facilities
- Separate lifts for families and facilities staff
In CareChoice Swords, we are passionate about social activities. Our residents have a committee that meets regularly to discuss topics such activities they would like, places they would like to visit and any other things that interest them.
CareChoice Swords employs a dedicated Activities Team to look after all resident related activities. Our team strive to keep our residents’ hobbies and interests alive so they can continue doing what they love. We like to introduce modern activities to our residents whilst maintaining the classic activities as well. We love to go the extra mile for our residents to keep them entertained, socially engaged, and most importantly happy.
What can you do:
- Movie Afternoons
- Music Club/Sessions
- Pet Therapy
- Reminiscence Sessions/Discussion Groups
- Sensory activities including our Magic Table
- Arts and crafts projects
- Seasonal activities
- Visits to the Home from local groups and choirs
Our Activities team are constantly creating new Activities for residents. Some of the wonderful activities that we love in CareChoice Swords are:
- Themed Evenings
- Men’s Shed
- Ladies Club
- In House Spa Days
- Pop up Vintage Jewellery Stand
- “Gran’s Christmas Story” a story created for local children in Swords
- “Try a New Brew Trolley” (Tea Trolley)
- Themed Cart every fortnight; has included an ice cream trolley, a pancake trolley and a cake cart
We tailor our activities programme so residents can have an individual list based on their likes and dislikes. This is very important to us as we review and create activities because we want to make every day really positive for our residents. We also create one to one activities for residents who would prefer not to engage in a group setting.
A CareChoice Resident Satisfaction Survey is completed every year. This asks residents their opinions on all areas of life in CareChoice Swords. This feedback is used to make improvements in our Home across all departments. Our Activities team lead this survey and assist residents with completing it if they need some help. We receive invaluable feedback from these surveys and give each resident a platform to have their voices heard on all aspects of living with us.
CareChoice Swords was registered with HIQA on the 12th December 2019 for a 3-year period.
At CareChoice our philosophy places residents at the centre of their own care. Our 24/7 care is individualised and holistically planned in partnership with the resident and family members. This helps us to give residents the best possible quality of life whilst catering for a wide variety of care needs. Our team of NMBI Registered Nurses and QQI accredited Healthcare Assistants are skilled in providing compassionate individualised care for every resident.
We specialise in several different models of care, the type of care that will suit your loved one depends on their individual needs and preferences.