Welcome back to Galway Chamber’s Business of the Week series. This week, we spoke to Dr. Michelle Gaffney, Director, Brampton Care Home.
My name is Michelle Gaffney. I am a consultant Nephrologist and General Medical physician at University Hospital, Limerick. I qualified from UCD in 1994 and have trained in Dublin teaching hospitals, University Hospital Galway, Merlin Park Hospital and The Mayo Clinic in USA. I worked as a consultant for 5 years in Northampton in the UK before coming back to a consultancy post in Limerick. I continue to live in Galway city.
I have always had an interest in care of the elderly and fulfilled my dream of opening a care home in Oranmore in November, 2018.
Tell us about Brampton Care Home.
Throughout my career I have regularly had the need to refer patients to nursing homes and I have seen how difficult this process is both for the resident and for their families. I wanted to design a care home that would be a place offering exceptional care as well as restaurant quality food, lots of activities and physiotherapy in a warm and friendly environment. I believe we have achieved this in Brampton. It is a modern, interior designed facility with multiple day rooms and dining rooms for the residents to enjoy. There is a gym for physiotherapy and a rehabilitation kitchen. There is also Haven Hair & Beauty salon, an Oratory and a garden room. Goggie’s Café is located at the entrance where people can visit residents and enjoy freshly baked cakes, gourmet coffees and tea. There is even a play area for visiting children. Having a choice of sitting and dining rooms allows the residents a variety of spaces to meet with visitors, mingle with other residents, attend activities, and enjoy a casual or formal dining experience depending on their individual preference.
How is Brampton Different?
On the physical property side, we have researched best practice as much as possible and brought in the best designers. Tom Grey in conjunction with Newtown Saunders have developed a fabulous outdoor dementia friendly sensory garden. Tom is a dementia friendly design expert at Trinity Haus within Trinity College Dublin and together with Newtown Saunders won a medal for their dementia garden at Bloom Garden event in Dublin last year. We have followed the Sterling University Design Guidelines to adopt best practice within the home. A resident’s kitchen is also a lovely place where residents can engage in activities such as pottery, art classes and baking etc. Several dayrooms and dining options allow residents to engage with other residents of similar cognitive ability. A Cafe where visitors & residents alike can meet to enjoy coffee & cakes makes for a pleasant and welcoming environment. We have travelled extensively and tried to bring the best elements from other care home in the UK & USA home to Brampton.
From a care perspective, we strive to provide exceptional person centered care in a modern facility. Providing hotel quality food adapted to our residents needs is very important to us. A resident’s committee provides constructive feedback to us where we constantly strive to improve our services. We invest in our staff and offer complimentary food to all staff members every day. We have friendly reception staff that caters to all the extended family’s needs. A high level of physiotherapy & social activities is also provided. Walking groups are about to start as the weather improves. Our town centre location offering is unique and to be so connected with the community & local restaurants, shops & churches is wonderful. It is very accessible by car and public transport for both staff and visitors.
What are your future plans?
We are currently working on opening another 31 bedrooms in the autumn which will include 13 sea-view suites overlooking Galway Bay & Oranmore Castle. These suites will have floor to ceiling windows, a Kitchenette with limited self catering options and a sitting room area. A day room will overlook Galway Bay with magnificent sea views as well as other day & dining room options.
We look forward to integrating deeply into the Oranmore community and working with volunteer groups, school going children & Montessori, religious & retirement groups etc going forward.
Location is key:
Some residents also enjoy the location, just off the main street where they can drop in to Poppyseeds cafe and Keane’s for some lunch or simply go to the Church for mass or a simple prayer. It facilitates better community integration and access to public transport with the local bus stop just across the road not to mention our GPs are within striking distance also.
Brampton Care Home,
T: (091) 483 290