Care at Moorehall Living

We provide excellent nursing care in our purpose built facilities.

Household Model

Our innovative and award winning approach led to a complete overhaul of our buildings and culture. Our Household Model of Care breaks down the traditional facility into households. Each has their own front door for privacy, kitchen, living rooms, private bedrooms, comfortable dining rooms, private back gardens and plenty of extra spaces. Creating a wonderful family environment where life can be lived to the full is a priority for us. We provide a very positive experience for people in a place they can live and flourish.

Butterfly Model of Care

An emotional journey – where ‘feelings matter most’.

Butterfly Model of Dementia Care is a person-centred approach to caring for someone living with dementia. It aims to improve their lives by focusing on the person and not the disease.

Butterfly care is an emotional approach. People living with dementia can no longer process thoughts or reason and life is based on their emotions. The world each one of us lives in is a place that is familiar and well known to us. However, for a person living with a dementia, their world can be a strange, confusing and sometimes upsetting place. It can look, feel and sound different.

Emotional support and connection are at the heart of the Butterfly care.

A person’s life journey makes them who they are today.  The emotions of our memories affect us and our behaviour daily.  Residents’ life stories are compiled with families which help us to understand their worlds.

If residents appear emotional but unable to clearly articulate the reason for this, we have the background to enable us to connect the resident to a happier place emotionally.

This may be discussing happy memories from their past, GAA, gardening, showing photographs or whatever is meaningful to the resident.

Positive emotional connections bring joy

The environment is colourful with lots to look at, touch and do. For example, there may be life size shop fronts, a pub set up or a corridor with a garden theme with flowers and a watering can.   Butterfly care encourages connection to how people are feeling inside and supporting them in their reality whatever or wherever that may be.

A connection can be something as simple as a doll which might remind a person of children or a family they have cared for, or a toy tractor that might remind a person of the years they spent working the land, a toy cat or dog that might re-connect a person with their love of animals and pets.

Being ourselves with residents

Life feels, sounds and smells like a very homely place.   The team wear their own clothes to work including a pyjamas or similar for someone working at night time.

The team are encouraged to be themselves with the residents. For example, if someone is excited about going on holidays or a family member or pet is unwell they are encouraged to share information about their daily lives with residents.   This changes the culture of the “them and us” way in which care is often delivered.

Language of Dementia

As someone becomes more emotional and their cognitive ability declines it’s often the emotion behind what they are saying that’s most important. 

For example, they may say “I’m looking for my mum” but what they are looking for is love and security. We know the feelings but have trouble finding the right words.  It’s the way you talk to us that matters not exactly what’s said.  Your smile, your laugh and your touch are what we connect with.

Living with dementia can be very challenging for the resident and their family and an emotional model of care can bring meaning and joy to the daily lives of those living with dementia.

Convalescence Stay

It can take time to recover from an illness or an operation. The professional care team at Moorehall Living also provide quality care to people requiring a period of convalescence, or rehabilitation post surgery looking for a convalescence stay or post-operative recovery. Sometimes we can be ready to leave the hospital but not yet ready to return home. Physiotherapy and nursing care can be provided in the beautiful setting of Moorehall Living. This will help the person recover their strength and improve their well being before returning home.

Partnership Care

At Moorehall Living care is delivered on a partnership basis where residents’ families, our team and health care experts come together to provide the best for our residents. Moorehall Living is a place where your family can be confident that your loved ones happiness and well being is our focus everyday. Our highly experienced team will care for your loved one to the highest standards and will take the time to get to know and understand exactly how they like things to be.

Infection Control

We maintain robust infection control but we also prioritise our residents dignity, privacy and autonomy. We are in regular contact with the HSE, HIQA and other healthcare experts. Ongoing training on infection prevention and control is in place for our team. We have supplies of PPE to use as appropriate. Our house keeping teams are meticulous and hand hygiene pumps are dotted everywhere. Life in Moorehall is always adapting in response to our residents’ needs and interests. Our activities have always been decided based on discussion and input from our residents. People also naturally gravitate towards people with common interests so running appropriate activities in smaller groups has not been an issue. We manage this and pair residents according to people they socialise with. Visiting restrictions are in place in line with HSE requirements.