Family pay tribute to caring nursing home staff

Henrietta McClean celebrates her 100th birthday with Ann Oliver, manager of Edenmore Nursing Home. INNT 02-606con
Henrietta McClean celebrates her 100th birthday with Ann Oliver, manager of Edenmore Nursing Home. INNT 02-606con
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THE family of an elderly lady who passed away before Christmas have paid tribute to the care and dedication of the nursing home staff who looked after her.

Henrietta McClean, known as Hetty, passed away on Friday, December 23 at the age of 104.

It is thought that Hetty was one of the borough’s oldest residents - if not the oldest.

For 12 years she was a resident at Edenmore Nursing Home in Whiteabbey where she received an excellent level of care and attention from the staff, her family said.

Daughter-in-law Isobel McClean told the TImes: “For her final week my daughter and husband sat with Hetty for 24 hours a day.

“During this time we experienced such kindness from all the staff who could not do enough for us.

“We also saw how the other residents were treated in such a personal, loving and caring manner.”

She continued: “While Edenmore is not luxurious, the care and attention from the staff is second to none.

“To those families that have mothers and fathers in Edenmore, I would say they are very fortunate and can be assured that their loved ones are well looked after.

“You only ever hear bad press about the nursing homes, never the good.

“But the staff at Edenmore, under the leadership of Ann Oliver along with Wendy Turkington, are dedicated to providing a caring environment. Their warmth and affection helped to create a family atmosphere and our family will always be very thankful to them.”

Read the full story in the January 12 edition of the Times...