Welcome to The Lodge Care Home

You'll find The Lodge in the town centre of South Shields, Tyne and Wear. Our trained, specialist staff offer various levels of care to suit a range of needs, including general residential, residential care with dementia, and respite care.

We're close to shops, pubs and community facilities. Beautiful gardens surround the home and provide an ideal place for residents and visitors to enjoy the fresh air.

We have bright, spacious communal lounges, including one with a baby grand-piano. All bedrooms are tastefully decorated, and have en-suites, floor and ceiling thermostats, TVs, and great safety systems.

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Life at The Lodge Care Home

A carer and a resident

Couldn't fault the care my mams received always warm and friendly and always ready to help and answer any questions we may have.

Rose Wright, Daughter of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

No problem, couldn't fault mams care. She is happy, well looked after. Lovely meals, place clean and tidy.

Maureen Coleman, Daughter of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

I cannot fault this home, it is really good. All the staff are great and the home is decorated lovely, one of the best i've seen.

June Ellen Banks, Granddaughter of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

My dad has been at The Lodge for two years now, he is very shy and reluctant to join in, however a carer has worked with my dad and gently encouraged him to sit with the other male residents for a chat and even been able to get him to have a couple of meals in the dining room, which for my dad is a huge achievement.

M Newton, Daughter of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

The Lodge care home is a good home. My brother is very well looked after. The staff are very friendly, and always work hard, very approachable. I would recommend The Lodge care home as a very good home.

June Marshall, Sister of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

Staff are always very helpful, room is always clean and tidy. Seems to be plenty of activities going on. On the whole a very good care home.

Paul Young, Son of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

I find The Lodge a first class care home. My mother has been here 2 years and is very happy. The staff have a great relationship with the guests and are always doing stimulating activities. The staff always address any concerns we have promptly and efficiently. The food is excellent and varied and she is always well fed and hydrated.

Alan Metcalf, Son of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

Great staff, lovely home, staff do their best to keep patients entertained visits from entertainers, Bingo ect. Good facilities.

Janet Milliken, Daughter of Resident/Service User at The Lodge Care Home

- Staff always on hand, friendly and helpful.
- Good prompt routine daily.
- Dad always clean, happy and alert.
- Free to visit any time, no restrictions.
- Regular residents activities and outings.
- Relaxed atmosphere, friendly feeling.
Dad came in on respite and other care homes were considered for long term care, however dad was settled and happy so remains long term and we have no complaints at all.

Jackie Aspin, Daughter of Resident/Service User at The 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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Respite care

Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at The Lodge Care Home whether they...

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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 The Lodge Care Home in South Shields. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All ensuite
  • All single rooms
  • Library
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Flat screen TV in lounge
  • Wi-fi

Our news


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.

nurse of the year final

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.

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10 Nov 2016

Judith Hayes, Deputy Home Manager at The Lodge Care Home in South Shields has been crowned Deputy Home 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 Judith demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Deputy Home Manager of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors which included the winner demonstrating not only the residents in their home have positive experiences but their care needs are well met, as well as evidencing how they support the Home Manger, leading the care team.

Judith was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Judith has shown 13 years of devotion to the residents and care team at The Lodge Care Home. She is a very caring lady and will go that extra mile to ensure that all the residents and the team are ok. Nothing is a problem for Judith. When she’s not at The Lodge, Judith is providing support for other care home in Four Seasons, passing on her expertise to more and more people. We couldn’t manage without her; she is a brilliant person and puts the needs of the home, residents and care team before herself.

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Judith 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.

Kim Richardson, Regional Manager for Sunderland and South Tyneside, said: “Judith is always very calm and collected. She deals with inspections and any issues with the home head on and in a positive way. She has a strong commitment to the home and the team. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that everything at The Lodge is in tip top shape. Well done Judith!”

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Judith is a committed team member who is an integral part of the home. She has built an excellent rapport with colleagues, residents, relatives and external professional and is a credit to the home. She is always willing to solve a problem taking on every task with integrity and commitment.”

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 ‘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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If you'd like to arrange a visit to The Lodge Care Home in South Shields, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.

Care home manager: John Shiells

Farnham Road, South Shields, NE34 OJR

0191 4557012

0191 4556012

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