Ballymena nursing home completes 11-year investment programme

Pictured at Rylands Nursing Home are its managing director Trevor Duncan (left) with Ryan Mawhinney, business manager in commercial banking NI at Ulster Bank

A NURSING home in Ballymena has invested significantly to upgrade its facilities for residents and their families.

The Rylands facility on the Doagh Road, Kells, just outside Ballymena, has completed an 11-year programme of refurbishment of its existing facilities, including residents' rooms, communal spaces and exterior grounds.

The completion of the final phase will enhance the nursing home's three-acre site, including its entrance, outdoor patio area and shared garden spaces.

Owned by the Duncan family, Rylands Nursing Home underwent a major expansion in 2010, adding an additional 10 en-suite bedrooms to meet increasing demand for care in the locality. The nursing home now comprises of a 45-bed nursing unit and a 14-bed residential unit.

Its managing director Trevor Duncan said: “Over the past 11 years we have continually invested in Rylands to ensure that our facilities best meet the needs of our residents, not only to ensure day-to-day duties can be fulfilled with ease by our committed nurses and carers, bit to also ensure that the nursing home is a welcoming and comfortable environment for both residents and all who visit it.

“This final phase will help us bring our refurbishment efforts out through the doors of the nursing home and into the communal garden space and our three-acre site.

"One of the major benefits of Rylands is its calm, rural setting and we want to make sure our residents and prospective residents can make the most of their surroundings.”

Ryan Mawhinney, business manager for commercial banking at Ulster Bank, said: “We are pleased to support Rylands Nursing Home as it continues to enhance its facilities and create a modern and welcoming home.

"The Duncan family have shown huge commitment to reinvesting in the nursing home and it's fantastic to see an 11-year investment programme reach completion.”

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