Welcome to Edgewater Lodge Care Home
You'll find Edgewater Lodge on the outskirts of the small coastal town of Donaghadee, County Down.
Here our dedicated nurses, supported by our care team and ancillary staff, provide excellent care. We serve a range of residents' needs, including nursing, palliative care, and dementia care.
Our purpose-built home allows easy access to the neighbouring towns of Bangor and Newtownards. Residents love to relax, chat and drink tea in our furnished courtyard areas. Inside, people enjoy TV, music and more in our bright, spacious lounges.
All resident accommodation is at ground level. All bedrooms are singles, with great safety systems and TVs; some have en-suites.
We love residents to personalise these spaces to make them more familiar and homely.
Life at Edgewater Lodge Care Home
Our dedicated activities coordinators ensure residents favourite pastimes, entertainment and hobbies are incorporated in our varied programme.
This includes crafts, music, chair exercises, hand massage, and church services. We make sure people have lots to do individually, and in groups.
The local Royal British Legion and Alzheimer's Society invite residents to tea dances where they enjoy ‘tripping the light fantastic'. On Wednesdays, they have a meal and join local senior citizens at Donaghadee community centre's lunch club.
Thank you very much for all the care you've shown me.
You do a very hard job, but you do it well. I will always remember your cheery words and smiles.
To all the staff at Edgewater past and present. Thank you for all your love and kindness towards my Aunt for the past 5 years. It was very much appreciated by me and my family.
Types of care
People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...
Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...
Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Edgewater Lodge Care Home whether...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Also known as "step-up, step-down", or rehabilitation care, intermediate care offers an alternative...
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Edgewater Lodge Care Home in Donaghadee. 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
- 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.
13 May 2016
Suffering from a progressive disease such as Alzheimer’s, struggling to communicate how you feel can sometimes leave people feeling anxious, stressed or frustrated.
To try and alleviate some of this anxiety a local sheltered housing complex in Donaghadee donated some ‘twiddle mitts’ for residents at Edgewater Lodge Care Home to use.
Vera Ribero, Home Manger at Edgewater Lodge, said: “I want to thank Edna Higgins and the rest of the complex for this kind donation. It’s gratefully received as it will enhance the lives of our residents that live with this disease. It also helps us here at Edgewater to continue to build our relationships with the local community.”
‘Twiddle mitts’ or ‘memory mitts’ as they’re often called are simply knitted cuffs, with a range of items, including ribbons, buttons or beads on, that the residents can twiddle to relive anxiety.
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Care Home Manager
Sunnydale Avenue, Millisle Road, Donaghadee, BT21 0LE
028 918 88044
028 918 88 048