Welcome to Downshaw Lodge Care Home

You'll find Downshaw Lodge in the market town of Ashton-under-Lyne, which lies on the north bank of the River Thame in Lancashire.

Here we provide high-quality care 24 hours a day. Residents have varying needs, from specialist support to general assistance with everyday living. Some stay with us permanently, others stay for short periods of time.

We offer specialist nursing care for individuals with dementia, and have a male-only dementia unit. We also offer respite care to give home carers a much needed break.

Residents can pursue their hobbies in communal and quiet lounges throughout the home. These areas are used for relaxing and socialising, and are great places to invite friends and families to when they visit.

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Life at Downshaw Lodge Care Home

A carer and a resident

I don't know how to thank you all enough for the wonderful way in which you cared for my Dad. You made him feel special and loved. You made him happy.

Relative of resident

Types of care

Dementia care

People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing 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 Downshaw Lodge Care Home in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All single rooms
  • On site hairdressing
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Patio

Contact our home

Call, email or fill in the form to find out more information about the home or to arrange a visit.

Care home manager

Alison Chadwick

Downshaw Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 9QL

0161 3307059

downshaw.lodge@fshc.co.uk

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20 Jul 2015

We have received a record numbers of ROCK (Recognition of Care and Kindness) Award nominations this month here at Four Seasons Health Care. We are getting lots of nominations each week from our residents and their relatives and friends, expressing their kind words and heartfelt messages about employees in our care homes. We know there is always room for improvement, but reading these nominations, it is clear to see the positive impact some of our staff make on residents and their relatives.

A number of homes have created their own award ceremonies in which personalities in the local area have visited the home to present the ROCK Awards to members of staff. One of our Home Managers has even compared it to the Oscars because her staff members have received so many awards.

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that highlights the impact a Four Seasons Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of our care homes. It’s an internal award where staff can be nominated by residents, their relatives and their friends, who have witnessed or experienced employees demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness within their role.

Nominations can be made via the homes with nomination cards or directly through our website by clicking here.

If you are interested in working for one of our care homes click here.

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14 Jul 2015

Marites Villareal, or Tess to her friends and colleagues, takes her job with her everywhere she goes. She can’t help it, and says, “You’re never off-duty, but it’s nice to be able to share your talents with other people.” To her that’s what nursing means. And it’s the kind of care that we pride ourselves on at Four Seasons.

Born in the Philippines, Tess has been part of our nursing team at Four Seasons Weston Park, in Macclesfield, for over five years. She first joined as a general nurse, and has since progressed to the role of unit manager, overseeing the staff and residents in the Mulberry unit.

“I joined when they were recruiting nurses from the Philippines and I did my ONP (Overseas Nursing Programme) here with Four Seasons. After my ONP period I moved to Scotland – but it was too cold there so I moved further south!”

While she has significant experience managing hospital wards in the Philippines, Tess wanted to familiarise herself with working in the UK and residential care before taking on a bigger role.

“I was offered a unit manager position but I was keen to settle in and get to know the residents first, as well as get a sense of how the units are run here. I have more challenges in residential nursing care and I like it – especially working with the residents. You can see the difference you’re making to their lives and you get attached to them. It’s nice making them happy and seeing them smile.

“One of my favourite resident stories is of Barbara, who is like a mum to all of us. There was a day when a staff nurse called in sick, and there was no time to replace her, so I was working a very long shift. Barbara came up to me as I was preparing the evening medicine trolley, noticed I looked tired, and offered to help me by pushing the trolley. She was really sweet and even gave me a kiss on the cheek to make me feel better! It uplifted my heart – it goes to show that when we respect and love them, they show their appreciation.”

This sentiment is core to our holistic approach to care. Our nurses put their heart and soul into ensuring our residents are comfortable and happy and their considerate nature shows.

“Most residents have vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s, so if they’re comfortable and happy, then that makes the families happy too. I’ve had a good day if I leave work and I see that my residents are happy – that’s the most important thing. That’s our main calling.”

It’s why working at Four Seasons is like no other nursing job. You can find out more about our company, and search for jobs in your area, by clicking here.

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6 Jul 2015

It was a day of TV quiz shows, indoor games and lots of fun at Downshaw Lodge Care Home, Ashton on Care Home Open Day (June 19th).

Young and old came together to enjoy the wonderful day with lots of family involvement and homemade cakes and Paul Bedford the home’s Activities Leader seen here in the centre of the photo entertained everyone with his Bruce Forsyth impression.

Alison Chadwick, Manager at the home, said: “We always love welcoming visitors and it was great that so many people came along to celebrate the day with us including Age UK. We see Care Home Open Day as a way of showing people what life is like in a care home, and to see behind the doors for themselves. “

Care Home Open Day is celebrated by care homes across the country. It aims to encourage stronger relationships between care homes and the local community. It also provides a chance for people to come and see what life inside a home is really like and get to know some of the fascinating people who live there.

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

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