Long term care
Long term care is essentially full time residential care. The majority of our residents are living with us on a full time basis. The aim of our facilitities is to offer a home from home environment.
Dementia specific care
In 2010 we opened a specialist dementia unit. Its success is illustrated by residents living happily in our community. Our unit uses innovative, diversional therapies. This means using different techniques to meet the emotional needs of our residents, for example facilitating engagement in leisure activities like playing music/board-games to meet entertainment needs, polishing shoes, baking and setting the table as meaningful occupation.
We are the only private nursing home in Cavan with a dedicated state-of-the-art dementia unit.
We have a proven track record of helping people recuperate after serious illness or surgery. Dedicated programmes are put in place to meet the residents needs during their stay in Esker Lodge.
We provide respite care based on availability. We frequently have residents who come to us for regular respite services.
Nutrition for the Older Person
Eating well is important at any age but health issues and physical challenges can make it more difficult for an older person. We focus on nutrition and hydration as key areas in health promotion for the older person. With this in mind our head chef is a trained nutritionist who encourages and facilitates the availability of a variety of food throughout the day. In addition to specially designed therapeutic menus such as celiac diets, renal diets, low sodium diets, and menus for people with difficulty swallowing there are also snacks available between meals. Food such as soup, juice, tea/coffee and biscuits are offered mid-morning and puddings, fresh fruit, jelly, yogurts and drinks are available mid-afternoon. Supper in the evening consists of light snacks such as sandwiches, puddings, yoghurts and treats such as biscuits, cake and home made pie. Fresh drinking water is always available from water coolers on the ground floor, first floor and second floor. Jugs and drinking glasses are always available and in use in residents rooms. On admission our team ensures we are informed about a residents likes and dislikes and this is incorporated into an individualised care plan and dietary plan as required.