Specialist Rehabilitation Symposium 30th November 2023

Symposium 2023

All Mental Health Professionals


Date:   Thursday 30th Nov 2023
Time:   09:15 – 15:30
Venue:   Clayton, Airport Hotel Dublin




Lived Experiences and Learning from
5 years of Specialist Rehabilitation Units

Highfield Healthcare, The HSE & Bloomfield Health Services

For more information, please click here

Registration Fee: €25


A Service of Remembrance

On Sunday March 20th in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin City Centre a National Day of Remembrance and Reflection Service took place to remember Loved Ones who died in Nursing Homes and Healthcare Settings throughout Ireland during COVID-19.

Here in Highfield Healthcare in the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd March we too held a service Remembrance and Reflection in our Garden of Remembrance in remembering all our loved residents who died under our care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We invite you to watch this video below and pause in silence in remembering your loved one too as “There is comfort in Friendship you shared, Hope in prayer and Sunshine in all your treasured memories”.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha 

May they rest in peace


Remembrance & Reflection

Today (March 20th) in the Garden of Remembrance – Dublin City Centre is a day of Remembrance and Reflection for all who have died in Nursing Homes throughout Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We here in Highfield Healthcare are doing the same. Over these past two and half years COVID-19 has touched each of our lives especially by the loss of someone we loved and who was so very dear to us.

Their memories live on and this is evident by this special day.

Wherever you are today we invite you to join with us by having a ONE MINUTE SILENCE in remembering all these precious lives.

“Death is not extinguishing the Light but putting out the Lamp because the Dawn has come” – R. Tagore

Exciting News – Evolution Graduate Program

In collaboration, Highfield Healthcare and the Peter McVerry Trust, are NOW inviting applications for our new and innovative Evolution Graduate pilot Program which commences from March 2022 onwards. Recently qualified registered psychiatric/mental health nurses and 4th year students due to Graduate this year can apply.

We are partnering with each other to provide Graduates with a comprehensive 12-month program which will provide successful candidates with:

  • An opportunity to be part of a new and innovative program for Graduate Psychiatric Nurses
  • Opportunities to work across services and units in both organisations to better understand and experience the scope of services and care models. These will include acute, home-based treatment, specialist rehabilitation, detox & treatment services, stabilisation services and housing services
  • Opportunities for both personal and professional development delivered via formal learning plans, experiential learning, coaching, and mentoring
  • Pathway to permanent employment in either organisation at the end of the program
  • A certificate of participation and completion of the program – we are seeking formal accreditation for our program

To apply or request further information – please contact us at evolution@highfieldhealthcare.ie

Virtual Open Day | HCA and Catering Recruitment Day

Wednesday, 8th December 2021

At Highfield Healthcare, Healthcare Assistants are pivotal members of a caring team whose purpose is to assist people to live to their fullest potential. We are looking for suitable candidates to fill full-time, permanent positions across our services. We are also hiring Catering Assistants and Kitchen Porters.

What to expect? 

Those interested in a role as a Healthcare Assistant/Catering Assistant or Kitchen Porter can choose a time-slot that suits them. Link to Virtual Open Day via Indeed : https://events.indeed.com/event/143713/

For more information and to register your interest, contact Tadhg Drea on recruitment@highfieldhealthcare.ie

We are also accepting expressions of interest for Registered Psychiatric & General Nurse roles at this time.

Welcome Back Visitors |March 2021

We are delighted to inform you that Highfield has re-opened to visitors from Monday, 22nd of March. As per the recent guidance from health authorities, a copy of which can be accessed below, we will do our best to facilitate 2 nominated visitors per week per resident.

HPSC COVID-19 Guidance on visits to Long Term Residential Care Facilities (LTRCFs)

Please contact reception to schedule your visit with your loved ones in either our Alzheimer’s Care Centre or Mental Health services, and we will book you in on our system.

*Visitors to Elmhurst & Desmond can request their visit appointment by using the booking system on the following link: www.yellowschedule.com/booking/highfield_healthcare


  • We ask that you wear the provided surgical mask at all times from entering until exiting our facility.
  • Observe social distancing by remaining 2m away from your loved one
  • Adhere to our infection control practices.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back safely.

Denis Eustace: Minding the Mind

Dr Denis Eustace was a recent guest on the Mick Clifford Podcast with the Irish Examiner, where he discussed some very worrying features in the mental health of older people, which he and his colleagues have noticed since the onset of the pandemic.

You can listen to the podcast in full on Soundcloud, by following this link: https://bit.ly/3cM95tv

The Mick Clifford Podcast: Denis Eustace-Minding the mind in a time of Covid

” Fear and isolation are contributing to a rise in people experiencing mild cognitive impairment and more needs to be done to protect one of the most vulnerable cohorts in the population at this particular time.” – https://bit.ly/36Iz6Wx

Pfizer/BioNtech Vaccine Programme

Highfield Healthcare are pleased to announce that we are preparing to roll out the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to residents and staff on the week commencing 18th January.  We wish to share with you some important information in advance about the vaccine programme.

Highfield management team believes that it is vital that all residents receive the vaccine to protect their health and well-being.

The views of family members are important in this decision-making process and indeed families are often the best placed to understand what the person would have wished. While no other person such as a family member can consent to the vaccine on behalf of a person who lacks capacity to consent, for those who do lack capacity, a health care professional will make a decision, taking all this into account and based on what he/she believes is in their best interest.

As this is an urgent matter, we particularly wish to hear from anyone who is concerned about their relative in our care receiving the vaccination. Should you have concerns or specific queries, we ask you to please contact your family member’s treating doctor or our appointed Vaccination Family Liaison Person Kelley Daly on 01 8865418 by Friday 8th January

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time. We hope to be in a position to welcome visitors back soon following completion of the vaccine programme.

See below links to more detailed information regarding the vaccine programme, which may be helpful or answer some questions you may have.

HSE Vaccine Information Leaflet

HSE Consent Information Document

European Medicines Agency on Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty)

More detailed information can be accessed via the HSE website here: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/

Visitor Information| December 2020

After another difficult few months, we are delighted to inform you that Highfield will re-open to visitors from Monday, 7th of December.

As per advice from health authorities, we will facilitate one nominated visitor per week per resident. This will be for a maximum of 30 minutes. Please contact the visitor coordinator through reception on 01 8374444 to schedule a visit*.

*Visitors to Elmhurst & Desmond can schedule their visit by using the booking system on the following link: www.yellowschedule.com/booking/highfield_healthcare


  • We ask that you wear the provided surgical mask at all times from entering until exiting our facility.
  • Observe social distancing by remaining 2m away from your loved one
  • Adhere to our infection control practices.

Protocol for visitors to the each of our services has been outlined individually in the documents below.

Visitors to Elmhurst Nursing Home

Visitors to Alzheimer’s Care Centre

Visitors to Mental Health Services


Important Notice


Please note that currently we are experiencing intermittent issues with out phone lines. 


We are actively working on this but if you cannot reach us on 01 8374444, please call us on 085 2204106.


We apologise for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.