Celebrating 50 years of dedicated care

November 27, 2019

Clifden House's bespoke birthday cake

We recently celebrated our 50th birthday with a party, followed by a fireworks display designed to entertain all residents whatever their ability.

Residents and the care team were treated to an afternoon disco from our in-house DJ (and hair dresser – who said men can’t multi-task?) David, with everyone taking part. Nial Joyce, whose parents founded the home in 1969, said: “It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces at the party. Even the residents who were unable to dance were tapping their toes and clearly enjoying the atmosphere. Life doesn’t end with a dementia diagnosis and it is still possible to live a life that is active and engaged. It was a wonderful day and a great way to mark this important birthday.”


Guest of honour at the party was Nial’s aunt Patricia 86, a former member of the care team and still a frequent visitor to the home. Patricia said; “I have many fond memories of my time working at Clifden House and I am very proud of how the home has evolved under Nial’s management. This is more than a care home, it is a community and family and one that I am honoured to be a part of.”

Nial Joyce, Sam Hill of Clifden House alongside guest of honour Patricia

Originally opened as a nursing home in 1969, Clifden House has been a specialist dementia care centre since 2000. The delivery of care is focused on reducing unnecessary medication and sedation in order to release the living potential of the individual. Residents are encouraged to take part in a full programme of activities and trips within their local community, to promote a fulfilled life.

Following the disco and buffet, residents gathered to watch a low-level display of fireworks from the comfort of their conservatory.

A packed calendar of events has been designed by our passionate activities co-ordinators, to mark  our 50th birthday. Tailored to suit a range of abilities, it will culminate in a garden party and staff sports day in summer 2020.

Clifden House care team