Cresta Lodge Residential Care Home is registered as a home for elderly people, including eight places for people with the early stages of dementia.
Cresta is set on the southern edge of the village of Poringland, three miles south of Norwich.
Vicky started off at our sister home, Manor House and was a Care Assistant for a number of years. It quickly became apparent that her organised, positive and responsible approach would be well suited for a more senior role as Assistant Manager.
In 2011, Vicky was promoted to Deputy Manager at Cresta Lodge and through hard work and dedication to the Residents in her care, became Manager in August 2014. Vicky is currently undertaking her NVQ level 5 in Leadership and Management.
Our facilities and services
An extended bungalow, Cresta feels very much like home with 21 bedrooms, all on the ground floor, and most bedrooms have en-suite facilities. In addition, there are a number of assisted baths, toilets and a shower located around the building, as well as numerous hoists and aids to assist those less mobile. There are two separate lounges with views over the garden and a large dining room located centrally in the home. Cresta Lodge has attractively laid-out gardens and two patio areas which offer a safe, welcoming area to relax.
On a resident’s arrival, we go through an individual and detailed plan of care which will be updated on a regular basis to suit the resident’s specific and varying needs.
We also encourage relatives to bring family photographs, favourite pictures and mementos. In particular, may we request an old photograph of the resident in their ‘early years’, or a picture of something they were proud of, or loved – like their first car or family pet, or enjoying a hobby. We then place this in a frame on the door of their bedroom, thus helping to identify their own room. Residents are encouraged to surround themselves with their own belongings so as to make the space as familiar and homely as possible.
A vital part of looking after elderly people with dementia is to have knowledge of their past lives. This helps to create a ‘connection’ between resident and carer. We use a ‘Life Story Book’, which will be provided to a resident’s relatives when first arriving. We strongly encourage you to complete this book, which is then kept in the care plan and used as a reference for the care team in helping to gain an understanding of the people we care for.
All food is cooked on the premises using fresh produce from local suppliers and our menus are sympathetic to the typical choices of elderly people with dementia, paying close attention to nutrition. We also tailor the varied menus to meet any special dietary requirements our residents may have.
Drinks and light snacks are available and encouraged throughout the day, including afternoon tea (to which visitors are more than welcome). Drinks and snacks are also available at night for those that wish.
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