Gormanston Wood Nursing Home set beautifully in magnificent grounds of several acres.


Gormanston Wood Nursing Home in Co Meath is a purpose built residential home set beautifully in magnificent grounds of several acres within a 5 minute walk of Gormanston Beach.

Gormanston Wood has deservedly earned a reputation as being one of the leading nursing homes in both Meath and Leinster. 

Gormanston Wood is registered as partaking in the Fair Deal Scheme.

We have a strict admissions policy in place including all admissions being tested for Covid19 before entering the Nursing Home.  For further information please contact the Director of Nursing on 01 8414566. 


Gormanston Wood is fully registered with HIQA and the HSE. The home is also approved by the VHI, Laya Healthcare and Aviva Health.

A warm welcome awaits you at Gormanston Wood Nursing Home. You are more than welcome to visit Gormanston Wood and meet our team.

Please contact the Director of Nursing Rita R.G.N. in order to arrange a tour (01 8414566) or send us an email.


Care Services

Gormanston Wood offers a wide range of services and activities. We have an experienced and superbly trained team of people.

Our range of services cover all long term and short term care requirements for our residents.

We provide a range of services to meet individual needs such as:

We provide long term care for Residents in private accommodation with special attention paid to a continuation of lifestyles of each individual person.  Our aim is to ensure we become a new home for our Residents. 

At Gormanston Wood we have designed our home to have a frail elderly and dementia friendly environment in line with the recommendations of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.  We provide our Residents with formal nursing care plans, help with the activities of daily living (ADL’s), and personalised care designed to offer Residents as much mental and memory stimulation as possible. All our staff have received the latest certified training in how to provide person centred care and support for our residents with dementia, ensuring they are treated with the care and support they need to live a long and fulfilled life.  Therefore, we work with our Residents’ and their families to get to know them and familiarise ourselves with their past life, experiences, passions, preferences and most importantly what is important to them and their loved ones now.

Beech Residence: This is a 19 bed dementia specific residence for those Residents with specific complex care needs related to their dementia.  Beech has its own specifically designed dementia bedrooms, ensuites, lounge, and dining room and a dementia friendly sensory garden and courtyard.

Engaging Dementia, August 2018:  We are delighted to announce that Gormanston Wood Nursing Home has been awarded as a Engaging Dementia Sonas Programme Certified Centre.  The Engaging Dementia Sonas Programme is an effective, evidence based therapeutic activity for people with Dementia. 

Certification as a Engaging Dementia Sonas Programme Certified Centre is a recogniton of the high quality of delivery of the Sonas Programme by Gormanston Wood's team of Certified Sonas Licensed Practioners and the demonstrated commitment of the Management of Gormanton Wood NH to maintaining a high standard of programme delivery. 

Well done to Noeleen and all her team.


Convalescent & Post-Operative Rehabilitative Care assists individuals with recuperation and recovery after surgery or serious illness. Gormanston Wood is well known for this service through our links with our regional acute hospitals, including Our Lady Of Lourdes Drogheda and Beaumont Hospital, and the community.

Respite Care is aimed at providing temporary relief to caregivers at home.  Gormanston Wood has a long history of providing this service in its local community and with the HSE.


Location / finding us

Gormanston Wood is conveniently located just 3 minutes drive north of Balbriggan on the main Balbriggan to Drogheda Road (R132). (Take left to find main entrance and cark park). It is a 10 minute drive approx from both Drogheda and Swords and we can be reached within 5 minutes of the M1 ( Exit 6 & 7). We are served by good public transport including regular bus and train services, and we have ample car parking available.

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Visiting Hours

Please note our New Temporay Visiting Hours for Covid 19.  See Visiting Hours section. 

Our Mission

Our Mission at Gormanston Wood Nursing Home is to promote and enhance the quality of life of our Residents by ensuring they are the focus of everything we do.  Our staff are central to all we achieve and through them we deliver a high standard of care.  Through professional management and a shared vision, we deliver continuous quality improvement in all our homes.

nurse and resident having a laugh in the gardenOur vibrant community brings an enjoyable and caring atmosphere to the next phase of life. All our residents have the right to privacy and are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. This total caring concept is planned in such a way as to encompass the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of our Residents at all times.

Our aim is to make Gormanston Wood your home with the added support of the services we offer.

Our commitment to continuous improvement means our Residents benefit from an ongoing quality programme, one that is person centred and quality of life driven. Gormanston Wood has been awarded the Excellence Ireland Quality of Care Standard for Nursing Homes and was awarded the .  Q Mark Irish Nursing Home of the Year 2018 and 2011.


one of the care home bedroom

As Gormanston Wood is a purpose built home, meticulous thought has gone into its design so as to provide our Residents with high degrees of privacy and comfort. Our superbly finished bedrooms are fitted with bespoke furniture, a wireless call system and have private telephone points.

All rooms are ensuite and have been designed to afford easy access and facilitate assisted showering. While the majority of our rooms are single, we also have a number of double rooms available. Residents are encouraged to bring their own personal effects to Gormanston Wood in order to personalise their rooms.

The home has been designed as a frail elderly and dementia friendly environment in accordance with recommendations from the University of Stirling’s Dementia Development Centre including bedroom and ensuite design, small cosy lounges and dining rooms, specialised lighting, signage and sensory gardens.  

Gormanston Wood is set over two floors with level access and all bedrooms enjoy a garden or courtyard aspect. The home is designed to provide “small group” environments and we have various lounges and dining rooms within the home. We want our Residents to benefit from a cosy and safe ambience.

The naming of Gormanston Wood was inspired by the woodland surrounding the Home, we have a number of landscaped patio gardens and a lawn for Residents to enjoy, relax or exercise. Among the facilities available we have a hairdressing salon, an oratory, a visitor’s room, a magnificent function room called the Winter Garden, and a smoking room if required. We provide a full complimentary laundry service.

Facilities & Services

nurse assisting male resident while female resident reads

  • In- house hairdressing, visiting beautician, regular visits by clergy.
  • Full 24 hours on call G.P. Services in place
  • Community dental, optical and chiropody can be accessed on request.
  • Full daily activities programme in place (see Social Activities below).
  • Weekly clergy visits & weekly mass
  • Monthly residents/relatives meeting
  • Quarterly resident/family newsletter

Catering and Nutritional Requirements 

meal preparation in kitchen by trinity care's catering staff

Dining in Gormanston Wood is a social experience to look forward to and be enjoyed by all. Our experienced Chefs prepare menus which comprise fresh, seasonal ingredients so that every meal is not only nutritious but also looks great and tastes delicious.

There is a choice available everyday and the dishes we prepare reflect and include the likes and requests of our Residents. Gormanston Wood provides Residents with a choice of homemade dishes and freshly baked goods each day which Residents can choose to take in one of our dining rooms or, if they prefer, in the comfort of their own room.  In 2015 we have launched our new servery system in each of our small cosy dining rooms that ensures our Residents receive the highest quality delicious meals throughout the day. 

All of our menus have been nutritionally analysed in order to support the promotion and delivery of healthy eating for older people, in particular those with Dementia and eating difficulties.

Social Activities

Day to day living at Gormanston Wood is all about our Residents. We believe a managed social activities program plays a key role in ensuring our Residents live their life to the full in their home from home. We endeavour to provide as wide a range of activities as possible over seven days to cater for physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the residents. 

The Activities Programme run by our dedicated Activities Coordinators and staff include the following:

care worked assisting residents during card making

  • Reminiscence Therapy
  • Pet therapy Visit
  • Art therapy
  • Movies
  • Exercises
  • Gardening 
  • Bingo, board games & Wii
  • External trips to local areas of interest, shopping etc.
  • External trips to concerts, musicals and the theatre
  • Card games
  • Regular live musical entertainment
  • Theatre drama groups
  • Newspaper are delivered daily
  • Sonas sessions and other dedicated communication sessions for those Residents with dementia.
  • Craft demonstrations

A weekly Mass is also held in our Oratory.

Many of our activities create bonds between our Residents and Staff. We strive to take into account personal interests and hobbies where possible.

The Gormanston Wood Team

staff training

Director of Nursing

Rita Gallagher is the Director of Nursing at Gormanston Wood Nursing Home. Together with her team of more than 80 staff who are dedicated to the Trinity Care's goal of meeting the needs of our residents by providing them with the highest level of person centered care and service. Rita ensures the residents and their families receive the highest levels of care and support at Gormanston Wood.

Andreea & Sonia are our dedicated Administrator & Receptionist at Gormanston. Ying Liu is the Head Housekeeper.


Excellence Ireland Q Mark Irish Nursing Home of the Year Award 2018

Gormanston Wood Nursing Home scoop the National Q Mark Nursing Home of the Year

Its official! Gormanston Wood Nursing Home has won the overall National Q Mark title for Best Nursing Home of the Year at The National Q Mark Awards 2018.  Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.

Known as The Oscars of Business Excellence, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. Speaking at this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “The size, location and culture makes Gormanston Wood a unique Nursing Home. It’s the people that make a place special and the team here are truly unique. By focusing on best practice and quality standards they provide a high level of exceptional care. Winning The Q Mark for Nursing Homes recognises that.

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Gormanston Wood Nursing Home set beautifully in magnificent grounds of several acres.
  • Gormanston Wood Nursing Home, Co Meath
  • Gormanston, Co. Meath
  • Phone: 01 841 4566
  • Fax: 01 841 4562