Dining Experience & Nutrition
Our catering service operates under the HACCP Quality Assurance standards. We know that a variety of tasty and nutritious food is very important to our residents. Our menus are developed by our very experienced Catering Manager and Chefs in consultation with our residents and Consultant Nutritionist/Dietician to ensure residents’ personal preferences and tastes are provided for and that all meals are appetising and nutritious. Special dietary requirements and preferences are catered for at all times and our catering manager is available on request to meet personally with each resident to establish what foods they like best.
There is an active Residents Committee in the Nursing Home, family members are also facilitated to participate. The Committee is encouraged and supported to be independent of nursing home staff however staff actively support the committee when requested. Managers also attend on invitation to discuss matters of interest to the residents.
An advocacy service is available for residents. The service is provided by SAGE. The advocacy officer ensures the independence of the service which is provided by volunteers.
To ensure all residents have a meaningful role in how the services in Talbot Lodge are organised and delivered, in addition to the Residents Committee and Advocacy Service, Residents are invited to complete satisfaction surveys in relation to the care and services provided in the Nursing Home. Feedback from the surveys is used to keep the quality of the service under review.
For the convenience of Residents and their families we offer a laundry service free of charge to residents should they wish to avail of it.
Hairdressing & Beauty Care
We have a hairdresser who visits the Nursing Home every Tuesday and Thursday should any of our residents choose to have their hair done. Hand and nail care are also provided.
Activities & Community Integration
The Talbot Group believes in empowering individuals to live as independently as possible. We currently support individual residents in a variety of settings and have been developing an array of training programmes, facilities and outreach support programmes to facilitate all our Residents in moving towards greater independence. Our service is based on taking a person-centerd approach within the context of social inclusion and improved quality of life.
We have a broad-based programme offering a variety of activities that meet the changing needs of the Residents in the service.
The Talbot Group has Community Facilitators to help residents make the most of and participate in their local community and the ordinary services within that community.
What sort of work has the Community Facilitator done for residents ?
Many residents have worked with the Community facilitators to get involved in mainstream Adult Education.
We work with Fingal, Louth / Meath and Cavan/Monaghan ETB’s. This has enabled residents to participate in courses in Computers, Art and Craft’s, Literacy and Numeracy and Work Related Skills.
Some Residents have used community facilitation to build their social circle. These residents have been supported to attend Special Olympics, music lessons, Macra Na Feirme, active retirement groups, and Men’s Shed’s and aqua aerobics to name but a few.
For others the community facilitation service is about ‘getting a job’, The Community Facilitators help the resident to explore work options and develop links with the national supported employment agencies.