Our Care Home

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.

Our Manager

Jade Barnard, Manager of Cresta Lodge

Jade has built up a wealth of experience before her role as Manager at Cresta Lodge – starting her career in social care with Norfolk County Council some 15 years ago, many of which were as Deputy Manager.

Building on her experience, Jade took on the challenge of heading up a dementia care service in Norwich which has given Jade a deep understanding of the needs and wishes of our elderly residents. Showing Compassion is central to Jade’s approach.   

Jade is currently undertaking her level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care.              

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. Also, there are many assisted baths, toilets and a shower located around the building, as well as numerous hoists and aids to help 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 space to relax.

On a resident’s arrival, we go through an individual and detailed plan of care which will be updated regularly to suit the resident’s specific and varying needs.

We also encourage relatives to bring family photographs, favourite pictures and mementoes. In particular, may we request an old picture 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 room. Residents are encouraged to surround themselves with their belongings to make the space as familiar and homely as possible.

A vital part of looking after elderly people with dementia is to know 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 common 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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Facilities Overview

  • Elderly Care Home in Poringland
  • Specialist care – Alzheimer’s
  • Ages 65+
  • Daycare available
  • Physiotherapy
  • Near public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Ground floor accommodation only
  • Phone & TV point in bedrooms
Cresta Lodge
Bungay Road, Poringland, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 7NA
Tel: 01508 492775
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