Our Approach

We are passionate about doing everything we can to make sure that our residents have joy in their lives, a sense of purpose and feel at home in their surroundings. What makes us different is that nothing is too much trouble and we really do want to make our residents happy and comfortable. We want our residents to be surrounded by people and things they know and love. We know it’s often the little things that matter. We are here to make every day better.

Virtue

Virtue is a very experienced provider of elder care services in Ireland. We provide the very best for our residents and their quality of life is central to everything that we do.

At Virtue we believe in listening to and acting on feedback from our residents and our residents family. We strive to continuously improve what we do through feedback, training for our teams and upgrading our care facilities.

We understand that it’s not just physical care that our residents need. We pride ourselves on facilitating exceptional social care programmes, providing our residents with meaningful recreation and activity options.

Brídhaven is a place where families can be confident that your loved ones happiness and wellbeing is our focus every day.

Little Things That Matter

We appreciate that life’s little things mean a lot, the way we like our cup of tea, how much marmalade we like on our toast! We take our time to really get to know what matters to our residents, their life’s passions and how they like to plan their day.

Our Resident & Family Liaison Manager ensures that the transition into Brídhaven is managed with sensitivity and compassion, and those little details are noted and communicated to the wider team.

We are passionate about doing everything we can to make sure our residents have joy in their lives, a sense of purpose and feel at home in their surroundings. Our exciting new activities plan and social calendar mean that Brídhaven is a place where our residents can flourish and enjoy their lives to the full, as well as integrating within their local community.

What makes a home great is the people who live and work here. Our caring team comprises highly qualified and compassionate people, trained to deal with everything from everyday support to more complex needs. From the friendly laundry lady who returns residents clothing, to the maintenance man who personalises residents’ rooms, to the social care team who help with favourite activities; all of us work to help our residents live their best life.

Key Brídhaven Staff

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Gráinne O’Brien

Resident & Family Liaison Manager
Meet Gráinne

My role is to support residents and their loved ones by sharing the journey of moving from home to Brídhaven, whether that be for a period of respite or for longer term care, and supporting you in the process.

I am an Older Persons Clinical Nurse Specialist and my master’s degree thesis explored the needs of caregivers of people with dementia.

I have previously worked with the HSE and was awarded regional winner South by the Irish Institute of Community Health Nurses in 2016.

I recognise that moving into a nursing home is a significant milestone in ones’ life and, as such, I would be delighted for you to contact me directly by telephone 086 103 0863 or by e-mail rflm@bridhaven.ie

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Joan Lowney

Director of Nursing
Meet Joan

My role as Director of Nursing & Person in Charge is very meaningful to me. My primary goal is to empower residents—to enable them to make choices and decisions in a supportive and nurturing environment, helping them feel part of their community, and having an excellent quality of life.

I have more than 20 years’ experience in aged care and retirement living, holding senior leadership roles in aged care facility management, commissioning roles, along with change management projects from refurbishments to implementing new models of care. 

I am a registered nurse with a post registration qualification in leadership, HR management and change management. Most importantly I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, not only for our residents but for those who care for them.

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Anita Treacy

Pastoral & Spiritual Care
Meet Anita

It is a great pleasure to be part of the Brídhaven team with their exciting new vision whereby the importance of the spiritual care is valued, respected and nurtured. This embraces providing support for our residents, their loved ones, and staff, of all faiths and none. There has never been a time when this support was more necessary. With COVID 19, restorative care is needed in all areas of society but most especially within the Nursing Homes of Ireland, particularly impacted in the most serious and traumatic of ways.

I am very skilled and have years of experience in delivering Meditation /Mindfulness group, practicing in a variety of settings. I also offer mindfulness /prayer sessions e.g. Rosary to small groups of residents and their loved ones. I also deliver spiritual care in informal way such as through joining activities/outings, art, music, gardening, nature etc.

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Celine O’Shea

Social Care Manager
Meet Celine

My role is to support residents’ social, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. My team and I strive to provide a varied individual and group person centered activities plan.

I have an honours degree in Social Care with my final year thesis focusing on ‘meaningful and purposeful engagements in residential care’. I am also passionate about providing the best care to people living with dementia and have completed a postgraduate in Dementia and Dementia care.

The Social Care team work to  ensure that each resident’s identity is embraced by supporting the resident in maintaining the relationships and interests in their lives that are most important to them

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Aurimas Bliuvas

Head Chef
Meet Aurimas

I have vast culinary qualifications from both Lithuania and Ireland including a Masterclass in Preparing Meals for the Dysphagia Diet.

Prior to joining Brídhaven as Head Chef in 2019, I was Head Chef at several Irish restaurants including The Black Lamb, The White Deer and Springfort Hall Country House Hotel.   I have brought the same high standards and style of food to our home here in Brídhaven and I feel privileged to be able to enhance the daily life of our residents.

I am committed to ensuring a varied and nutritious menu, made with the very best sourced local ingredients.