Welcome to The Rookery Care Home
You'll find The Rookery in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, where we provide high-quality residential care 24 hours a day for people with dementia.
The Rookery is surrounded by trees in a quiet residential area. People who stay here love our tranquil communal lounges, where they can pursue their hobbies. And also our landscaped garden, and patio and conservatories.
These spaces are used for relaxing and socialising in, and are great places to spend time with friends and families when they visit.
All our private bedrooms are tastefully decorated and many have en-suites.
It would be great to show you around so you can experience our homely, welcoming atmosphere for yourself, so please arrange to pop in for a chat.
Life at The Rookery Care Home
We tailor our activities programme to residents' preferences. Goings-on include arts and crafts, quizzes and gardening. Our minibus is used for trips to restaurants, museums and the theatre.
The Rookery provides a regular church service which is open to all people living here, their families and friends. We invite professional entertainers to visit regularly, and we're also treated to performances by local school children and the wider community.
At our Beachside Café, residents are encouraged to make their own drinks and wash up afterwards, helping them build a sense of purpose and achievement.
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 also have themed meals, including food and wine from around the world, and enjoy catering for residents' birthdays and anniversaries.
We encourage friends and family to join us for meals or afternoon tea any time.
I would highly recommend this care home. I have no fault with it.
The staff are brilliant always makes you welcome. I have no reason
for concern. I know if I cannot make it down to see my mother, I know my mothers need are met.
Due to a medical crisis within the family, my Mother was admitted to The Rookery in Nov.2014. Having previously lived in her own bungalow, with much family support, I was apprehensive, wondering whether she would settle in her new surroundings. It is pleasing to see that she has adjusted well and I am sure this has been influenced by the excellent care and attention she has received from the Management & Staff at The Rookery. I visit her daily and am always made to feel welcome, in fact I feel that I am also part of "the happy family" that reside at The Rookery.
Highly recommend the Rookery wouldn't want my mother in any other care home. Excellent care home & excellent staff.
Always happy with the service and care provided. Nothing is ever too much trouble for the carers and domestic staff. Everywhere is clean and tidy. Plenty of entertainment and mind stimulation for the residents. Family are always welcome and treated with respect. Residents are treated with dignity and respect and clearly shows that their care is of utmost importance.
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 The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
23 May 2016
Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Regional Manager in Northern Ireland, claimed the Inspiring Excellence in Mental Health and Learning Disability Award, beating tough competition at the Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons Northern Ireland, said: “Everyone at Four Seasons wants to congratulate Lorraine on her success. She is an outstanding example in this field and her award is very well deserved.”
Lorraine qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1998, and now leads Four Seasons diverse mental health services. She is an advocate for ensuring people who have mental health issues have a voice and can make decisions enabling their independence.
Carol Cousins added: “Lorraine beat the competition in this category because of her continued hard work and dedication in this field. She has ran a number of projects which have increased people’s independence, with the ultimate goal of them living on their own or with residential support. Well done again Lorraine. We are all very proud of you.”
Would you like to work for Four Seasons? Take a look at our list of current vacancies on our careers page.
18 May 2016
Everyone at Cherry Trees Care Home in Barnsley have been very busy.
Firstly some happy news to report. The lost canary, which was found in the home’s garden, has been reunited with its owners. The owners were thrilled to have the canary back and thanked everyone at Cherry Trees for taking such good care for it.
The home’s resident budgie has moved into the cage previously occupied by the canary as it had more room.
The home had the distinct smell of Brasso last week, as some of the residents took part in a spring clean. As well as creating a beautiful finish on the ornaments, the Brasso brought back memories and lots of fascinating tales from the residents.
After the spring clean, the ladies at Cherry Trees were treated to a pampering session in the salon, which involved hand massages and manicures. Meanwhile, the gentlemen were outside planting the bedding plants to inject some colour into the home’s garden.
Residents have made the most of the glorious weather, by taking time out to relax in the garden. For those that wanted to be a little more active, they had a friendly bowling competition.
Pauline Mountford, Home Manager, said: “It’s been a very busy few weeks here at Cherry Trees. The weeks have been filed with smiles and laughter as everyone has had lots of fun doing different things. I’m looking forward to the warmer weather sticking around so we can do more things with the residents outside.”
Would you like to work for Four Seasons? Take a look at our current vacancies available on our careers section.
12 May 2016
Over the recent months we have seen a number of graduation ceremonies held for Care Assistants who have qualified as Care Home Assistant Practitioners (CHAPs for short).
The Care Assistants go through an intense 12 week programme, to learn a range of news skills to help the nurses in the homes.
This programme wouldn’t be as successful as it is, without the dedication and support from our nurses, who mentor the care assistants through the process.
Below Laura explains why she volunteered to be a CHAP mentor and what it’s meant for her.
Laura is a Registered Nurse and has been a CHAP mentor for a number of years.
At a recent graduation ceremony, Laura watched as the three care assistants she’d mentored over the past 12 weeks, graduated to become fully fledged CHAPs.
Laura told us: “Being a mentor is a really intense but rewarding job. You have to shoe horn a lot of training into a short space of time, but to be able to reap the benefits, both as a nurse and in the home is a fantastic achievement. It’s also great for the residents, because it means, where necessary they can spend more time with the nurse. This way we get to know the residents a lot more in depth, this wouldn’t be possible is it wasn’t for the CHAPs.
“Being a mentor has also taught me a few things about myself, and enabled me to develop in ways I didn’t think it would. I’ve built up additional skills and gained more confidence which will help me throughout my career.
“I would encourage any of my nursing colleagues who aren’t already mentors, to definitely give it a go. No two days are ever the same. You get to pass on your knowledge to someone eager to learn. You’re both working towards the same goal, and that’s providing the best possible care for residents. I can’t wait to see who my next student will be.”
Contact our home
If you'd like to arrange a visit to The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.
Care Home Manager
Queen's Square, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6EF