At Bishopscourt, we firmly believe in the power of community. Ours is built upon respect, compassion and care. Created in 1998 by two sisters in law, Catherine O’Connor and Patsy O’Sullivan, Bishopscourt combines the traditional rural values of a tight-knit community, with a commitment to innovation that gives residents access to the latest advances in healthcare and wellbeing.
Our team are hand-selected not just for their experience and training, but for their ability to put the best interests of residents first. More than a bright, welcoming and well-kept establishment – here, residents experience the positive difference that a caring and considerate environment can make.
We offer a range of care options, including long- and short-term care, convalescent and respite care. We welcome residents with a range of conditions and develop individual care plans that are tailored to their needs. Our aim is to make sure our residents can enjoy life to the full, and their families and friends can feel confident their loved ones have the right support.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Bishopscourt offers 36 private rooms and 12 semi-private twin rooms to accommodate 60 residents. With large and open communal areas, plenty of activities and lots of spaces for quiet reading or relaxing, Bishopscourt provides plenty of opportunities to participate, while giving residents space to do their own thing.
Our large gardens are our pride and joy. We’ve designed this outdoor environment specifically to suit our residents, so there are no tricky paving areas or steps and plenty of strategically placed seats to enjoy the views. Our gorgeousFloral Walk, a covered indoor walkway lined with plants and shrubs, makes an enticing stroll – and helps encourage residents to stay active, even when the weather’s bad.
Our team is committed to understanding the different ways we can help care for our residents with different needs, using the latest advances in research.
Our Memory Care program provides residents who need this type of support with a personalised program that works to maintain memory functions.
The Snoezelen Room is a specially designed space to help provide multisensory experiences that can help residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia experience joy, engagement or a sense of calm. We also have a qualified team member who conducts Sonas Therapy for residents.
• 36 private rooms and 12 semi-private rooms
• Ensuite bathrooms in every room
• High quality, locally-sourced menu with choice at every meal
• Assistance with meals if required
• Daily newspapers (except Sunday)
• Access to Skype and wifi
• Tea and coffee making
• Easy access on request to hairdresser and beautician
• Optician, dentist on request
• Physiotherapy by appointment
Director of Nursing - Bishopscourt Residential Care
Helen is a qualified Registered General Nurse (RGN) with over 30 years’ nursing care experience. She also graduated from CIT with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Business in Accounting. Helen has worked as a Community RGN with the HSE South. She also worked for a number of years as Client Care Manager for Comfort Keepers Home Care, Cork.
Helen joined the team at Bishopscourt in January 2015 as Assistant Director of Nursing and now Director of Nursing since December 2016. Her experience in assessing people in their own homes gives Helen the insight into a seamless transition into long-term care. Helen has continued her professional development since joining Bishopscourt and completed the Higher Diploma in Gerontological Nursing at UCC, Level 6 Certificate in Managing People as well as a Certificate in Health and Social Care Regulation in the College of Commerce.
Helen supports and empowers the nursing and care team to deliver high-quality care in a homely and friendly manner, as well as assisting the residents to achieve optimal health, wellbeing, and quality of life, consistent with the resident’s values and wishes. Helen endeavours to improve the care standards that we deliver, ensuring resident-centred care at all times
Director of Nursing
We’re strong believers in encouraging all our residents to be active physically and mentally, whatever their level of abilities. Our staff encourage a wide range of interests and hobbies, from art sand crafts to music and exercise.
Our Activity Coordinator is always on the lookout for new and diverting activities and entertainment. With plenty of options every week, there’s something for everyone, which helps create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Socialising is an important way for residents to stay connected – and we strongly encourage residents to enjoy creating their own social activities, from meeting with family at the pub to arranging trips to the theatre or even holidays, as muchas possible.
Our resident-centered philosophy underpins everything we do. Within the first 48 hours, our team willc reate an individualised care plan that is respectful of our resident’s personal likes and dislikes, as well as their medical and health needs. And because we know things change, we reassess these plans regularly.
Our policy is always to welcome feedback and input from a resident, as well as their family and friends. We believe strongly that an open, honest relationship will help us make sure residents in our care get the best possible support, at a time of life when they need it most.
At Bishopscourt, our day begins with a warm greeting from the lovely staff who call to our rooms to say good morning and have a little chat before assisting us to get ready for the day ahead.
I enjoy my breakfast in my room. I like to sit in my chair and enjoy the lovely hot toast and tea served to me on a tray. I could go to the dining room but I prefer to relax in my room and listen to Morning Ireland and catch up on the news.
I like my shower in the mornings and the staff help me to choose my outfit for the day. I love getting my hair styled in the salon, as I feel it’s important to look my best. When my pampering is complete, I head for the day room to check out the activities for the day ahead.
Some days can be busy or quiet depending on how much or how little I want to door join in with the group. I receive a calendar of events and I can plan my own activities. There are days I like to stay in my room and read a good novel, while other days I spend hours doing activities with my pals. There’s always something fun to do here and I never get bored. My family visit in the afternoons or evenings after work, which is often the highlight of my day.
I’m very happy here in Bishopscourt and feel content in the security of my new home where I know I’m safe and in good hands.
- Current resident at Bishopscourt
We understand taking the decision to move to a nursing home isn’t easy. It’s important to find a place you are comfortable with and you trust to care the way you do.
The first place to start is to make a call, and come for a visit with us. We welcome you and your loved one to come and see how we work and live so you can decide whether we’re right for your needs.
Bishopscourt Nursing Home is located in Liskillea, Waterfall, County Cork.