The Larchfield Park Nursing home is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The nursing home is a family run business which was launched in 1989.
It was originally founded as Winchmore Nursing Home, near Newbridge, in April 1977 and at that time was only the second nursing home in Co. Kildare.
Founder Ellen Dillon took over Larchfield Park in September 1989. It had been newly built two years previously and Ms. Dillon is still active in caring for elderly after 37 years.Daughter Sara joined the business in 1993 as a qualified nurse and is now the managing director and director of nursing. Daughter-in-law Bernie joined the business in 2007 as a qualified accountant and is now the financial controller.
Larchfield Park opened as a 42-bed nursing home and this increased to 57 beds in 2000 and again to 75 beds in February 2011.
The nursing home employs 98 staff members from 10 countries and some have worked there for 10-15 years.Some of the staff began working as part time employees during the summer months and subsequently qualified as nurses. “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to look after so many elderly residents, some of whom were with us for up to 15 years and we have a resident with us since 1994,” said Sara Dillon. She also paid tribute to local doctors and clergy as well as HSE staff and management for their interest over the years. A number of events took place to celebrate the anniversary starting with a the opening ceremony hosted by Ruby Walsh and Tracy Piggott. There was also a computer and technology morning and a visit and demonstration by the 5th Kildare Clane Scouts. Other events included a men’s shed, live music and flamenco dancing, a hair and make up event, reflexology and Indian head massage demonstration.