Forest Lodge specialises in the care of older people who are mentally frail with confusion, dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and the staff team is skilled in this specialist care.
Our aim is to provide a home that offers a safe, comfortable environment with support and stimulation to help individuals maximise their potential physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity. The people we support have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them.
The friendly and homely atmosphere we have created at Forest Lodge ensures that people are able to continue their lifestyle with personal privacy and dignity. In the peace and tranquillity of our lovely home and gardens, individuals are supported by a high standard of care provision.
The house has single and shared rooms, many with en-suite WC facilities. All rooms have been individually designed and decorated and are furnished comfortably. In addition, there are three spacious lounges, a large airy dining room and two purpose-built activity rooms. Forest Lodge also has two reminiscence areas, which are very popular, including a country store and café area.
- Experienced staff team
- Nurse call in all rooms
- Full central heating
- Home cooked food using fresh local produce
- Special diets catered for
- Chiropody, hairdressing and physiotherapy available
- Specialist baths and aids
- Visitors welcome at all times
- Activities Centre
- Social and recreational activities programme
Nursing care is of prime importance and is provided 24 hours a day by qualified staff under the personal supervision of the Registered Manager. Local GPs visit the home regularly and are on call at all times.
SHC has access to a range of trusted external therapists - physiotherapy, occupational therapy and reflexology are available on request. Experts are available to advise on any aspect of an individual's care, recreational pursuits or environment.
The activities programme is one of the most important aspects of life at Forest Lodge. A huge range of activities are undertaken by the people we support including handicrafts, quizzes, reminiscence sessions, music and movement, cookery and art therapy. The key aim of the programme is to provide mental stimulation, engage attention and interest, and to prolong mobility.
Our experienced chef prepares interesting and homely meals, with attention to individual requirements and special diets.
All staff undertake an induction programme when they join SHC. Thereafter, a system of supervision and support enables them to gain experience and increase their skills. Extensive in-house training is provided by the SHC Training Academy to develop skills in dementia care, and QCF courses are undertaken in conjunction with local colleges.