Priory Apple Mews

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About this location

Apple Mews is located in the city of Armagh, in Northern Ireland. Our home offers residential and nursing support for 30 adults with a range of needs. This includes people with a learning disability, individuals with physical health needs, and autistic people.

Our team are dedicated to creating a safe, homely environment for every person we care for. We want to help them to have a healthy, happy and independent life and encourage them to take part in activities every day, so they can achieve greater levels of independence.

We can support those who have:

  • Autism
  • A learning disability
  • Physical health needs
  • Medical needs requiring nursing care
  • An acquired brain injury
  • Difficulties with communication

Services at a glance

There are a total of 30 bedrooms at the site. Of these:
30 are en-suite bedrooms
30 are on the ground floor
There are 5 bathrooms with an accessible bath

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Apple Mews 95 Cathedral Road Armagh Co. Armagh BT61 8AB

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Apple Mews is set across five detached, purpose-built bungalows, each with beautiful, enclosed gardens, with lots of space. We offer a relaxed, homely environment. Each of our bungalows supports six residents.

Each bungalow provides support tailored to the needs of the residents who live there, including some female-only bungalows. Each has a lounge, dining room and kitchen. Rooms are decorated to the taste of our residents and our communal areas have been designed to reflect their hobbies and pastimes too.

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Well-equipped activities room
  • Quiet room
  • Sensory room
  • Communal bathroom

We also have a very large garden, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Shelter
  • Wheelchair access

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as overhead hoists. In addition, we have an accessible vehicle to help us to meet the needs of the people we support.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming and can be personalised to individual tastes. Our bedrooms have:

  • En-suite facilities, containing either a shower or wet room
  • Robust, low arousal furniture

In addition, the bedrooms in our bungalows are wheelchair accessible and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Apple Mews has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out into the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, and maintaining family relationships.

Our support approaches at Apple Mews include:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Nursing support
  • Planning and execution of activities

We also have support from a local multidisciplinary team (MDT), including:

  • A PBS practitioner who visits the service
  • Other professionals, including chiropodists, community psychiatric nurses, dietitians, GPs, opticians, speech and language therapists (SaLT), social workers and specialised regional roles

The lengths of the placements that we offer at Apple Mews are short-term, medium-term or long-term residential, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Apple Mews has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community. This might include daily activities such as arts, music, sensory and outdoor activities.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.

Exclusion profile

  • Those who pose a risk of self-harm
  • Those who pose a risk to others in communal living areas


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community.

We have supported residents moving from family homes and transferring from hospitals. Priory is actively engaged in the development of supported living services in Northern Ireland.

Our team

Our highly experienced MDT consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Nurses
  • PBS practitioner
  • Activities co-ordinator
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Recovery Star™
  • PROACT-SCIPr-UK® training
  • Dysphagia training
  • Epilepsy training
  • Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS) training
  • Makaton training
  • Diabetes management
  • Sensory support along with specialist autism and learning disability training

Contact us for help, referrals or more information

At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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Explore Apple Mews

Welcome to Apple Mews

About the local area


Apple Mews is a short drive from the city of Armagh and is close to a number of amenities, including:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • Post office
  • Park
  • Cinema

Transport links

Apple Mews also has nearby transport links, including:

  • Served by a bus route on nearby Cathedral Road
  • Translink in Armagh centre operates a variety of buses
  • Just up the A29 to the M1

A message from our site leader

At Apple Mews, our team of dedicated and caring staff, will, with your help, give your loved one the best life. We will ensure they are safe and protected from harm. Our staff are trained to provide empathetic care with your loved one at the centre of everything we do. We have a happy home, with daily activities suited to everyone's needs, and our residents are engaged, busy and are given all opportunity to be the best they can

Site leader at Apple Mews

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

Staff take me out for coffee and I love going to the hotel for lunch
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Case studies

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Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We help our residents visit their home when they would like to. This is planned in advance with their families. For residents in wheelchairs, we work with our community MDTs to support them on their visits.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Visits are usually planned in advance to support individual needs. For those times when a visit is not possible, we can support your loved one with video calls.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

We strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care where and when it is appropriate and possible to do so. We can schedule meetings at the home, where you will meet with your loved one’s support team and hear about recent activities at the home. We can also arrange more regular catch-ups if you’d prefer, either in person or via telephone, to ensure you are kept informed.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Everyone who stays with us will be able to call their loved ones any time, via phone or video call.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. Every room has an en-suite with toilet, sink and wet room.

Are external doors kept locked?

Our bungalows all have key-pad locks on the front doors.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

We offer a wide range of meals, with a choice of meat and vegetarian options. Residents are all involved in choosing the menu for the following week. In bungalows one to four, we have a central kitchen that prepares meals for all our residents. Bungalow five has its own kitchen, where people are supported to participate in the preparation of their own meals. Each bungalow has its own kitchen and residents can prepare drinks, snacks and meals at any time.

How does laundry work?

Laundry is completed by housekeeping staff for residents who are not able to do it themselves. We can also support those who want to do it on their own.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

Staff support and encourage our residents to complete these tasks, to promote their independence. We also have a dedicated housekeeping and maintenance team at the home.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

Residents are not allowed to bring illegal substances onto the premises.

How do activities work?

We plan a weekly schedule of daily group activities, and every resident also has their own individual activities plan. We recognise that sometimes, people might not feel up to joining in on certain days so we always support their decision and consider the reasons why they have decided not to. We have on-site activities such arts and crafts and off-site activities such as bocce, swimming, music therapy, cinema and bowling.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We use the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® framework, which means we focus on proactive strategies, rather than physical intervention. We recognise that people with a learning disability have the same aspirations and expectations as everyone else and should be empowered to achieve these. Some of our residents have sensory requirements to reduce their anxieties, over-stimulation or to assist them with emotional regulation. We always incorporate these needs in to their support plans as we have an on-site sensory room.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Person-centred planning puts the individual at the heart of the support that we provide. In doing this, we always consult with social workers, other health and social care professionals and of course, the family members of our residents. We use a variety of communication tools and work with health professionals to aid each resident in having a say about every aspect of their care. We obviously do this within any legal or regulatory frameworks that might apply.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is ample off-road parking.

What is the smoking policy?

Apple Mews is a non-smoking site. However, there is a smoking area for residents to smoke or vape. We promote healthy lifestyles and encourage smoking cessation.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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