There’s a lot to consider when deciding which care home will be best for your loved one. To help you choose, we’ve answered some common questions about our homes…
Our rooms have a wardrobe, drawers and armchair but we’ll happily add other furniture if we can fit it in. And we always encourage residents to bring personal possessions such as ornaments and photographs.
We’re all about seasonal, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals. We offer a choice of menu, but if there’s nothing to a resident’s liking we’ll rustle up something else. We do things like bake bread and make freshly percolated coffee to tempt everyone with lovely aromas. And our cook is a familiar face in the dining room, chatting with residents to find out their culinary likes and dislikes.
Yes – so long as between you and the resident they can be properly looked after, with food provided and regular walks if needed. On the furry friend front, Danecroft has a resident cat, Sam, while cocker spaniel Bentley often tags along with its owner, the home’s manager, Salina. At Elcombe House, we’ve inherited Bob the cat, who comes and goes as he pleases, and manager Chris is often spotted with his Labrador Finn. Relatives can bring in pets for visits, too.
All sorts! Our staff receive dedicated training in dementia-focused activities, so there’s never a dull moment. We’re quite big on music, with a piano at Danecroft and a juke box at both care homes – plus a roster of visiting entertainers (who doesn’t love an Elvis impersonator?). And we’re always dreaming up fun, themed activities – like our ‘tropical’ session with Copacabana sounds and some sand for a bit of toe-dipping. Of course there’s no pressure to join in – some residents prefer to quietly read the paper or do a jigsaw.
Absolutely. We believe it’s vital for residents to enjoy meaningful occupation and to feel valued and appreciated. We love to include our residents in simple tasks, perhaps peeling vegetables in the kitchen or laying the table for dinner.
Rest assured that we have a full support service at both our care homes. GPs and district nurses – either someone you’ve chosen or we can make a recommendation – come in as needed. Plus we organise things like chiropody, optical and dental care. There’s a visiting hairdresser, and staff are always around to dispense pampering manicures and hand massages.
Our door is always open so you’re welcome to drop by whenever you like. You can pop in for a coffee or come along and join in with one of our regular activities.
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01234 333870 or drop us a line