The Moorings Residential Care Home is registered as a home for elderly people with dementia and is situated in the small village of Earsham, on the Norfolk / Suffolk border, approximately one mile from the market town of Bungay. Located in an idyllic setting, next to the church on the north bank of the River Waveney and set in six acres, this regency house offers a wonderful country home for the retired.
Our new development
Building upon our ground-breaking facility at Manor Lodge, which was opened in October ‘12 by Care Minister, Norman Lamb, we again listened to the foremost leaders in the field of caring for those with dementia before commissioning this state-of-the-art 22-bed addition to the existing Moorings building, which is also undergoing extensive refurbishment.
Calling once more upon the skills of award-winning architect, Tom Ground, who specialises in residential buildings for those with dementia, and in consultation with our highly experienced staff and the ultimate ‘experts’ – our residents and their families – the new facility offers:
- A simple, airy layout with wide hallways – designed to inspire residents’ confidence and familiarity with their surroundings
- 22 new ground-floor bedrooms, each with en-suite shower-rooms and sitting area
- Lots of natural light, garden views and easy access to gardens from bedrooms
- Salon and treatment room, three special garden rooms, sensory garden and a residents’ café / dining room
- Satellite communal day-rooms with self-help kitchen facilities
- Uniquely situated within the secure, landscaped grounds of the existing Moorings building, in the beautiful Waveney Valley
Constructed to a similar design as our Manor Lodge care home, at Blofield near Norwich, Norfolk, by Norwich-based builders Draper & Nichols, the new facility is now ready to be viewed. (Please take a look at the Manor Lodge section of the site and read what some of our resident’s families have to say about it here.)
Click here to see the architect’s drawing of the new Moorings development and please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01986 892269, asking for Danni or a member of her team, to arrange a viewing. Should you have any questions, we will always do all that we can to assist you.
Daniela Howard, Manager of The Moorings
From joining The Moorings as a Care Assistant in 2004, Daniela has proven to be a dedicated team player, delivering person-centered care with a real warmth and an approach that comes from the heart. She soon proved herself as an efficient and supportive Senior Carer and was promoted onto the management team as an Assistant Manager. It was here that she began to learn the art of managing, motivating and getting the very best out of people.
During this time Daniela undertook an NVQ 4 in Leadership and Management, which cemented and further developed her skills. She won the Outstanding Student Award at the Suffolk County Council Training Brokerage awards evening.
We are understandably proud of Dani’s achievements and her invaluable contribution in creating the right ethos and culture at The Moorings is one of the cornerstones of its exciting new development.
Our facilities and services
The Moorings consists of 51 bedrooms between the two buildings. All but two of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and many have views overlooking the Waveney Marshes or wonderful gardens. All bedrooms are fully furnished, though residents are encouraged to surround themselves with their own belongings so as to make the space as familiar and homely as possible. The Moorings has six large, light and airy lounges as well as gardens, a sensory garden and a café / dining area.
A key attribute of The Moorings is its enclosed gardens where residents are able to enjoy unspoilt views of the countryside.
A care-call alarm system is linked throughout the home, identifying where assistance is required. Alarm mats may also be used for those requiring higher levels of care, day or night.
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.
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. The home uses the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool to identify where a resident may require additional nutrients in their food.
Drinks and light snacks are available and encouraged throughout the day, including afternoon tea (to which visitors are more than welcome). A daily fresh fruit platter is also offered in the afternoons, whilst drinks and snacks are available at night for those that wish.
Please click here to download the Moorings brochure.
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