Manor House Residential Care Home is the penultimate home to join our organisation and is situated in the pleasant village of Blofield, approximately seven miles east of Norwich. There are shops close at hand and a regular bus service into Norwich. Manor House stands in extensive gardens and enjoys delightful views over surrounding farmland.
Frances Friday, Manager of Manor House
Frances has been involved within the family organization for over 16 years having started off at our sister home – The Moorings. She has a wealth of experience in caring for elderly people with dementia, having completed her Health and Social Care NVQ level 4 and also level 4 in Leadership and Management.
A proud achievement came in 2011 when Frances completed the Diploma in Managing Dementia Care at Bradford University, home of the leading light in dementia care – Tom Kitwood.
Our facilities and services
Manor House was formerly a farmhouse and retains many of the lovely original features, making it feel very much ‘home from home’. It has been completely refurbished to a high standard, including increasing the general and en-suite bathroom facilities, and updating the utility services. Throughout the refurbishment we were mindful of not losing the lovely atmosphere that existed at Manor House.
All bedrooms are fully furnished, however residents are encouraged to surround themselves with their own belongings so as to make the space as familiar as possible. Manor House has two light and airy lounges, a dining area, attractively laid-out gardens and a patio area which offers a safe, welcoming place to sit and relax.
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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