Welcome to Abigail Lodge Care Home

Abigail Lodge in the centre of Consett is a comfortable, well-equipped and beautifully decorated home. We have a large sensory garden where residents love watching the chickens and rabbits running around from the comfort of our two furnished patios.

For relaxing or enjoying hobbies we have four bright, spacious lounges, while all our bedrooms are en-suite, with most offering excellent views of the garden and surrounding countryside. People living here are more than welcome to personalise their rooms with favourite home comforts.

At Abigail Lodge Care Home, residents are considered part of the family. We put their health and happiness at the heart of everything we do, and our dedicated team of nurses and carers actively encourage residents to take part in all decisions - contributing to everything from the way their rooms look to the therapies they receive.

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Life at Abigail Lodge Care Home

A carer and a resident

The number and variety of activities provided by the home is excellent.

Resident at Abigail Lodge Care Home

Types of care

Residential care

This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing, dressing...

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Dementia care

People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...

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Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...

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Short-stay care

Short-stay care is often called "respite care". It means someone can stay at Abigail Lodge...

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End of life / palliative care

It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....

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Facilities & services

Making care special is at the heart of Abigail Lodge Care Home in Consett. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All ensuite
  • All single rooms
  • On site hairdressing
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Patio
  • Sensory gardens
  • Flat screen TV in lounge

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Care home manager

Barry Southern

Abigail Lodge, Gloucester Road, Delves Lane, Consett, DH8 7NJ

01207 502 405

abigail.lodge@fshc.co.uk

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17 Jun 2015

Four Seasons Health Care is pioneering the use of technology to collect immediate feedback about care so it can find and fix issues quickly and give residents the experience they want.

Its new “Quality of Life Programme” is unique amongst major care providers. Purpose designed software systems are accessed via iPads that are being put into all of our 350 homes, so at any time residents, their families and visiting health professionals can tell the company what they think about any aspect of the services they receive.

The iPads are programmed with a touch screen satisfaction questionnaire together with space for additional comment. It is easy and convenient and takes just a couple of minutes to provide feedback. The information is transmitted in real time to the Home Manager and Regional Manager for immediate review to find and fix any issues or consider suggestions for improvements. Each home will have an iPad on a stand in reception for use by visitors and another that is available to residents and staff.

Tim Hammond, Chief Executive, said: “Being able to understand our residents’ experience on a day to day basis enables us to fix any niggles quickly and to do more of what they like, so they feel more at home and enjoy a better experience living with us. In just over three months of our programme roll-out to just the first 100 homes, we have acted on comments from well over 1,000 residents. I am encouraged that we also have been consistently recording satisfaction ratings from residents averaging circa 94% and we will work to push this higher, helped by the insights provided by their feedback.”

One practical example is that a resident’s daughter took a few minutes at the end of a visit to key a comment about her mother’s bed sheets. When the Home Manager saw this she checked and found something had been spilled. By the time the daughter arrived home there was an email message waiting for her to say the sheets had been changed. Another example came from a cluster of homes where the Regional Manager picked up feedback that the menus could be more varied so he arranged a senior chef to work with the homes to develop new menus offering more choices that better reflected residents’ preferences.

As a further element of its Quality of Life Programme Four Seasons has introduced a new Thematic Resident Care Audit (“TRaCA”) which Home Managers can complete electronically. This is also designed to support the “find and fix” approach. Comments from residents, relatives and care professionals link into the TRaCA and this data gives a more rounded picture of care provision that can be seen at all levels from the residents’ bedrooms to the boardroom, to help drive improvements within a home or across a region or nationally.

Completing the picture, Four Seasons is listening to staff comments via the iPads. Tim Hammond said: “To have a happy care home we need its staff to be happy and so gathering and responding to feedback from our colleagues is just as important.”

To see our short video explaining the Quality of Life Programme click here

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15 Jun 2015

Four Seasons Health Care ran two workshops at the Alzheimer’s show at Olympia on June 5th and 6th. This show, run in association with the Alzheimer’s Society, is the UK’s only dedicated exhibition and conference for those affected by dementia.

Joanne Agnelli and Jessie McGreevy from the dementia services team delivered guest presentations at the show and helped to man the stand, where an old fashioned sweet trolley proved hugely popular.

The event, attended by over 1,000 people, showcased best practice in dementia care. Notably the attendance was made up, not only by healthcare professionals, but also by people living with dementia and their care partners.

Joanne Agnelli, Dementia Services Quality Manager, Northern Ireland, Wales and Isle of Man said: “Excellence in dementia care is at the forefront of what we do within the organisation of Four Seasons Health Care. That being said, we have a social responsibility to share our knowledge to enhance the expertise and subsequent experience of others who live with dementia outside of our care settings. The opportunity to speak at the Alzheimer’s Show was an opportunity to disseminate the innovative work that is constantly evolving in dementia care”.

Picture: Joanne Agnelli promoting her lecture on language use in dementia care.

Jessica McGreevy Nomination

30 Jun 2015

Jessie McGreevy, a Dementia Trainer and part of the Northern Ireland specialist Dementia Care team has been shortlisted in the Rising Star Category 2015 in the Nursing Times Awards.

Known as 'The Oscars for nurses,' The Nursing Times Awards are a prestigious annual event aimed at promoting and celebrating the best in nursing.

Having chosen to work in the care home industry after graduating as a nurse was promoted to Home Manager in just two and half years. She now works as a Dementia Trainer in a regional role supporting our homes providing dementia care.

Jessie pictured here on the right with her Manager, Joanne Agnelli said Being nominated for the rising star award was a privilege, but I can’t put into words the honour it is to be a finalist. Working in dementia care has always been my passion, and being able to influence the care people receive is a big responsibility but one I thoroughly enjoy. I once heard someone say “If you love your work, then you never work a day in your life”, this is truly how I feel about what I do, and to be recognised for doing what I love is simply amazing!”

Joanne Agnelli, Dementia Services Quality Manager commented: “Since commencing her role within FSHC in May 2014, Jessie has demonstrated her passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for
people living with dementia.This commitment extends beyond her role with FSHC as she is also a dementia friends champion with the Alzheimer’s society and has opened a memory café within her local area for people with dementia and their carers. Jessie is truly deserving of this recognition from the Nursing Times and we wish her every success”.

Following an interview with a panel of judges, Jessie will attend the prestigious ceremony in November later this year.

To find out more about working for Four Seasons Health Care click here

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