This article was first published on the Business in the Community NI website.

Belfast based care home providers, Macklin Care Homes, has made a significant investment in the development of a brand new concept cutting edge Lifestyle Care Home, Milesian Manor in Magherafelt and created 15 new jobs with support from Bank of Ireland UK.

Macklin Care Homes which has six care homes across Northern Ireland are a multi-award winning business and one of Northern Ireland’s largest and most successful care home providers.

The 25,000 square foot new development offers residential, nursing, dementia and respite care in the high spec contemporary property that was designed by Gareth McFarland Interiors, the Irish-based interior designer who works on projects throughout Ireland and the UK.

The brand new build which opened last week offers each resident an en-suite bedroom along with a café, spa bathroom, cinema, the Greyhound Bar and wellness garden to ensure residents enjoy an excellent quality of life for themselves and their wider family.  Specialist dedicated dementia care is also provided.

Cara Macklin, Director, Macklin Care Homes says: “We took the development of Milesian Manor as an opportunity to bring something entirely new to the sector and to move the care home industry forward in Northern Ireland. We have travelled the world and looked at the very best lifestyle care homes across the UK as well as Europe, Australia and Tokyo to ensure we provide a first class lifestyle to our residents.

“We have combined state of the art design with our approach to award winning care. Alongside our care professionals we have worked with experts from the local hospitality industry to create a Lifestyle team that provides a full and enjoyable leisure programme created with residents needs at its heart.”

Kris Toner, Head of Mid Corporate Business Banking NI team, Bank of Ireland UK said: “We are very pleased to have supported Macklin Care Homes in funding this ground-breaking investment. Exceeding 30 years the Bank of Ireland UK is proud of its long standing relationship with the Macklin Group and has worked to support its diversification and growth over the last number of years.

“This latest investment demonstrates our continuing commitment to helping local companies who have a proven track record, a quality management team and a focus on growth. It’s a great example of a business delivering growth through innovation and we look forward to continuing to work with the company to deliver on this.”

Cara Macklin concluded: “Last year we won 27 awards and have already received 12 highly accredited awards this year including ‘Care Home of the Year.’  We are constantly looking at ways to innovate, and ensure we provide the best care available in the market.  The opening of Milesian Manor enhances our already considerable capacity and demonstrates our position as an innovator in the industry.  We have worked closely with Bank of Ireland UK for many years and they continue to be supportive of our ambitions and the development of the business.”