Welcome to Cedar Court Care Home
You'll find Cedar Court in Abbeywood, South East London. Around the clock, we provide specialist, high quality residential care - and day care - for individuals with dementia.
Ours is a purpose-built home. Its large garden has a patio, greenhouse and vegetable patches - making a safe and stimulating space for people living here to spend enjoyable time.
Residents pursue their hobbies in communal and quiet lounges - perhaps watching TV, listening to music, or having a quiet read. All of these areas are used for relaxing and socialising in, and are great places to invite friends and families to when they visit.
Our bedrooms are decorated to a high standard, and many have en-suites.
Life at Cedar Court Care Home
People living here get very involved with our activities coordinator to plan our programme of goings-on.
This includes arts and crafts, reminiscence exercises, gentle gardening, quizzes, and live entertainment. We also love catering for special celebrations, such as residents' birthdays and anniversaries.
As supporters of the UK National Dementia Strategy we help ensure key life skills are maintained, building purpose and providing nurture for those with dementia. We organise group and individual activities, but in our experience it's the one-to-one sessions that people find most calming and rewarding.
Mealtimes are an enjoyable and sociable part of the day. Each dining area has tables laid with fresh flowers and linen, and our menus are displayed to show the choices available. Snacks, fresh fruit and refreshments are provided 24 hours a day.
We have highly nutritious and varied menus, and cater for all dietary and cultural needs. All food is prepared using fresh ingredients every day in our kitchens. Depending on how they feel, each resident can choose to have their meals in their own room, or in our dining room. We encourage friends and family to join us for meals or afternoon tea any time.
Every member of staff cleaners to managers are friendly to residents and visitors. It is where I would like to be should the need arise.
How can you improve what is not broken!
Small home, makes it excellent for residents. Very caring staff, well trained in dementia care. Residents and relatives are made very welcome. Staff respond quickly to needs and requests. Nothing is too much trouble. The activities co-ordinator provides daily activities for residents and monthly social events are regularly planned e.g singers, bbq's which the relatives are encouraged to participate in. It has a family home feel, a hairdresser and doctor make weekly visits and other health needs are provided if needed e.g dental, physio, opticians etc. We know mum is safe and well cared for in pleasant environment.
A lovely friendly home. Lovely atmosphere very caring staff and always made to feel welcome.
I love the fact there are animals here for the residents, the staff are always happy and smiling. I never thought mum would settle into a home as she was always against going into one. However, she settled very quickly and is completely 'at home' and contented, I am very pleased and relieved!!
Types of care
People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Cedar Court Care Home in Abbeywood. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
21 Mar 2017
Four Seasons Health Care were well represented at the finals of the British Journal of Nursing Awards earlier this month with four colleagues flying the flag for the organisation.
Gary Cousins was a runner up in the Infection Control and Prevention Nurse category, Colin Sheeran was a runner up in the Mental Health Nurse of the Year category and Joanne Strain was a runner up in the British Nurse of the Year category.
However, further plaudits need to be given to Alana Irvine who was crowned the Nutritional Nurse of the Year, after being nominated by colleagues for her continued commitment to residents’ nutrition.
Alana has been part of the driving force behind Four Seasons nutrition innovations to meet the varying needs of the people in our care. We are able to monitor residents’ nutritional needs, with technology that flags up weight loss, whether a resident has difficulty swallowing or needs assistance when eating or drinking to the care team.
Nutrition is something we take very seriously here at Four Seasons and Alana’s win recognises all of the hard work done across the board in this area.
7 Mar 2017
Joanne Strain is Head of Nursing at Four Seasons Health Care
I began my career as a nurse with Four Seasons Health Care in 1999. I had done my training as a mature student. I first worked in a FSHC care home about 25 years ago after having my four children and then I moved to a nursing auxiliary position with a local Trust.
I decided I wanted to fulfil my dream of being a nurse and I went about gaining the 5 GCSE’s I needed to get into nursing college/university. Just before I started nursing school, I was one of ten people in NI to complete what was then the very new NVQ in direct care.
My desire was not to work in a hospital but in a care home – my career to date was working with mainly older people – even during my nurse training, I preferred medical wards to other wards because of the high percentage of older people needing care.
I started working as a staff nurse and within a year I was a sister/deputy manager. During this time I completed my degree and I then moved in 2001 to be a home manager. During this time I opened a small very successful dementia residential unit within the large home. This was in the days when we were just beginning to understand that we needed to rethink the way we managed dementia care.
In 2004 I became a regional manager and had 14 homes in my portfolio. As the need for good dementia care intensified, we opened more dementia units across the region and even extended a learning disability unit providing very specific care according to need.
My passion for elderly people and dementia care led me to undertake a post graduate diploma in dementia studies at Stirling University.
In 2012, I was fortunate to become Head of Nursing, Care Standards and Quality in NI. During these years myself and my team set up many pro-active initiatives including a training centre where we successfully helped many nurses update their clinical skills. Some of the pro-active training such as G-Tube replacement and complex tracheostomy care meant that residents did not need to go to hospital – it is my vision for the coming year to implement clinical training sites across the MD regions to enable our nurses to be up-skilled and confident leaders.
I took up the post of Head of Nursing (UK) at the beginning of 2016. I have continued my passion for learning and one of the areas I wanted to review was adult safeguarding. I have now completed a post graduate diploma in Adult Safeguarding and am now in my MA year.
I have been really impressed by the standard of care and leadership of our nurses across the UK and believe we can build on that. I am confident that FSHC are leaders in care and that nurses are absolutely central to continuing to lead across the sector.
Of course I have to mention all the great things we hope to accomplish this year which will help our nurses such as the nurses forum, face book as well as a brand new nurse specific Twitter site where we will not only continue to ‘tweet’ news but we will hold Twitter Chats as guided by your needs.
We will involve nurses more in various projects going forward. I believe we are leaders in this field and no other providers come close to the nurse communication strategy that FSHC has planned this year. My vision for our 3000 nurses is to have nurses who believe that we are all leaders and will continually strive to provide the best care possible for our residents.
12 Jul 2016
Ladies from three care homes in London were treated to a sophisticated ladies lunch event held at Eltham College in Mottingham, London.
Hayley Mercer, Personal Activities Leader from Marlborough Court Care Home, said: “The ladies had a lovely time. They indulged in lots of lovely sandwiches, cream cakes, tea and coffee. The students who hosted the event provided the entertainment by singing and holding a little quiz. The ladies really enjoyed socialising with each other, as it’s not every day they get to come together. I know when the Marlborough Court ladies returned to the home, they told everyone what had gone on. I think some of the gents were secretly jealous.
“For residents going out and socialising makes them feel like they still have their independence, which helps them to continue to blossom at the homes. A lot of people have said to me, ‘I thought I’d just have been left in a corner bored’, and have been surprised when I’ve said what we do here not only at Marlborough Court, but across the Four Seasons network to ensure our residents are fulfilled.
“Everyone is looking forward to the next joint event that we hold.”
Would you like to work for Four Seasons? Take a look at our current vacancies on our careers section of the website.
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Care Home Manager
138 Lensbury Way, Abbeywood, SE2 9TA
0203 199 2747
0208 311 1193