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.

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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

I chose Abigail Lodge for my husband as it was near to home, I could not have picked a better home. It has no smell of a residential home. All the staff are so friendly and loving and nothing is any trouble, any problems can be discussed straight away and sorted out. I have already recommended this home to my mother in law and she was taken in at short notice as she was so poorly. She has been in for a week and loves it and so does all the family, we are all very happy.

Joan Gray, Wife of Resident/Service User at Abigail Lodge Care Home

My husband has been in Abigail Lodge Care Home 2 and a half years, 92 years old, so I feel I am qualified to make comments on staffing etc. I travel by bus each day and stay 4 hours. If I am not satisfied with anything I comment on it and yes I am listened to. As for recommending this home, yes 4 times and they all became residents, 2 upstairs, 2 down. Two older nurses from downstairs are kind and gentle. All staff are kind, caring, they always have time for a cuddle and kiss. What is good they laugh with residents. Speaking to my husband his face lights up. I cannot leave this unsaid- Deputy manager has been excellent in her job being dropped in by last manager at the deep end, she visits each resident with a smile and a word.

Joy Wilkinson, Wife of Resident/Service User at Abigail Lodge Care Home

Needs more staff, troublesome patients take staff away from less problem residents. Need carpets removed on landings and walkways in Victory Unit.

Gwennie Hutchinson, Wife of Resident/Service User at Abigail Lodge Care Home

My dad has been well cared for at Abigail Lodge since his stroke in December 2014. The staff are excellent and show so much care and kindness to my dad. I feel reassured that he is reverencing quality care. The food is at times of poor quality and can be inconsistent, although it has improved recently. It is always far too hot in the living room.

Karen Gray, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Abigail Lodge Care Home

Would strongly recommend this nursing all the staff are so friendly and caring (from cleaners to managers!) The home is clean and rooms are spacious. Many activities and outings are arranged. My mum is 91 and has Alzheimer's and and settled very well there. Everyone is made welcome.

Rhona Moffat, Daughter of Resident/Service User 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,...

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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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Respite care

Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Abigail Lodge Care Home...

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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
  • Wi-fi

Our news

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8 Dec 2016

Earlier this year we launched our very own Four Seasons Care Awards to celebrate and commend all of the hard work and dedication of our teams.

14 categories were created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. The awards also recognised the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers. Over 1,200 nominations were submitted by care home residents, colleagues and visitors and these were shortlisted to reveal our Regional Winners.

All of the Regional Winners attended the awards evening, and patiently waited to find out who would be crowned the National Champion in their shortlisted category.

The National Champions on the evening were:

  • Our Values Champion of the Year – Natalie Hearne (Woodview Care Home)

  • Support Team Member of the Year – Geoff Kelly (Lisburn Care Home)

  • Personal Activities Lead Champion of the Year – Marlene Smith (Laurels Lodge Care Home)

  • Care Home Assistant Practitioner of the Year – Alix Beerenbrock (Red Rose Care Home)

  • Central Support Team Member of the Year – Sheena Walker (Learning and Development Scotland)

  • Resident or Relative Contribution of the Year – Margaret Bell (Elizabeth Flemming Care Home)

  • Volunteer of the Year – Jonathan Barber (North Court Care Home)

  • Dementia Care Champion of the Year – Nanette Swan (Dene Grange)

  • Specialist Services Champion of the Year – Mauro Magbitang (Holywood)

  • Deputy Home Manager of the Year – Alfie Corvera (Lisburn Intermediate Care Home)

  • Home Manager of the Year – Gail Sterling (Warrior Park Care Home)

  • Regional Manager of the Year – Lorraine Kirkpatrick (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

  • Registered Nurse of the Year – Craig Priestly (Cameron House Care Home)

  • Carer/Support Worker of the Year – Hollie Garrard (Bon Accord Care Home)

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “It was a really proud moment for me to see everyone at the awards ceremony. It was a fantastic way to celebrate all of their achievements and showcasing how they go above and beyond the call of duty every day. Everyone on the night was a winner in my eyes as they do their utmost to make a difference each and every day to the lives of their residents.”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

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10 Nov 2016

Sandra Brown, Regional Manager for Durham has been crowned Regional Manager of the Year for the North East of England, South West and Bristol in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Sandra demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Manager of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including the individual demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and the ability to prioritise the day to day challenges of the role. This individual has supported their homes and helped them to achieve the company’s strategic priorities whilst managing external stakeholders and keeping special resident experiences at the centre of everything they do.

Sandra was nominated by a colleague. His nomination read: “Sandra’s ability to organise her time and focus has supported all the teams in her region to produce all the necessary documentation that is required ensuring that they are compliant. When things are tough, Sandra is always there to cheer us up and always makes the supportive call to give us necessary encouragement. She is very deserving of the Regional Manager of the Year accolade.”

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Sandra is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Sandra is a very worthy winner of this award. She has all the necessary skills and runs a very tight ship ensuring that everyone in her region is compliant with regulations. Any issues are sorted quickly, and she’s always on hand to offer support to anyone who needs it. Congratulations Sandra!”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

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10 Nov 2016

Pauline McAlpine, Administrator at Abigail Lodge Care Home in Consett has been crowned the Regional Support Team Member of the Year for the North East of England, South West and Bristol in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this Year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Pauline demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Support Team Member of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including demonstrating a high level of support to colleagues, residents and families through their everyday tasks, alongside their commitment to development and their attitude to Making a Difference.

Pauline was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Pauline is at the heart of Abigail Lodge. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and she has a fantastic attitude. Pauline is well loved by all of our residents, relatives and the team and always goes that extra mile. Her experience is shared among all of her colleagues who often ring her for help and advice which is gladly gives. Pauline is reliable, trustworthy and is very caring and respectful towards our residents. To summarise we really don’t know what we’d do without her.

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Pauline is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Sandra Brown, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Durham, said: “Pauline has worked at Abigail Lodge since 2005. She has a huge stabilizing influence on the home and is always prepared to go that extra mile for any of the residents, relatives, team or me. I can always rely on her to assist me when asked. She is an absolute star! Well done Pauline!”

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Pauline is a fantastic human being. She has helped Abigail Lodge go from strength to strength. The glowing endorsements she’s received from her colleagues, residents and Regional Manager demonstrate to me how well liked and valued she is in the home. Congratulations Pauline you’re a very deserving winner of this award.”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

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Care home manager: Viki Gates

Abigail Lodge Care Home, Gloucester Road, Consett, County Durham, DH8 7NJ

01207 765064

01207 502 439

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