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
27 Apr 2016
At the start of the year, Cyd Akerill, Resident Experience Support Manager was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for her contribution to nursing.
Back in March, Cyd travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive her award. She told us this about her day.
“I was very honoured and humbled to receive my award. Meeting the Queen is a memory I hope I never lose. The day itself was lovely, I can’t even begin to describe it. All the staff at the palace made the day extra special, and treated everyone like it was their first investiture they’ve ever had. I had a lovely day and it’s an honour to receive this award.”
Everyone at Four Seasons congratulates you on you award Cyd!
24 Mar 2016
Monday 21st March marked World Poetry Day, and all of our homes across the United Kingdom have been in the wax lyrical mood, either creating poetry of their own, listening to or reciting some of their favourite sonnets, haikus and limericks.
Poems have been flooding in from all corners of the UK, showcasing the talented residents, families and teams in the homes. We've put a link to a selection of the poems at the bottom of this page.
The homes celebrated World Poetry Day in various different ways.
Edgewater Care Home in Donaghadee created a poetry wall board, showcasing some of the poems written by residents, relatives and the team.
Residents and their families all got creative at South Park Care Home in York. There were numerous beautiful poems penned. A lovely short one written by a resident’s grandchild read: “The most romantic love story, is not Romeo and Juliet. But my grandpa and Grandma, who grew old together.”
Visitors to Meadowbrook Care Home in Oswestry helped residents to get into the poetry mood. Students from Trefonen Primary School visited in the morning and recited poems for the residents. In the afternoon staff from the library came in to read war poems. One of the residents, Hazel Blackwell, took centre stage and recited her favourite poem ‘Kingfisher’
Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy also welcomed local primary school children from Dunnikier into their home. The young children (aged 8 and 9) recited poems that they’d written for the residents all inspired by spring. Once the children had finished reciting, it was the residents turn to teach the youngsters some poems they’d learnt when they were at school.
Meanwhile at Laganvale Care Home in Moira, residents, relatives and the team all worked together to create a poetry tree showcasing people’s favourite poems, in a different decorative style.
Church and Manor View Care Home in Doncaster, had some very special guests on Monday. The Mayor and Mayoress of Doncaster attended their poetry recital. They both recited their favourite poems to the residents, and then settled down for some afternoon tea.
One of the residents from Courtenay House in Kings Lynn treated everyone to her rendition of her very own poem ‘How Well I can remember the cottage on the hill’. She was awarded with a visit from the Easter bunny (part of the home’s pet therapy session), who felt at home on her lap.
Local poet Tony Hillier visited Ladymead Care Home in Swindon, and entertained residents with his very energetic recital.
Residents from Ty Hafod in Capel Llanillterne got all dressed up for their poetry recital, whilst residents at Roseworth Lodge Care Home in Stockton-on-tees, Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham and many others got all wax lyrical and created their own poems.
Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster celebrated their World Poetry Day by inviting a special guest to come along to the home to recite some of his lovely poems to our residents, relatives, team and friends of Flower Park. Former Denaby Main miner Benny Wilkinson (86) is known as the 'Conisbrough Poet' after writing hundreds of poems relating to places and events around Mexborough where he grew up and later Denaby and Conisbrough. Benny has been awarded the Radio Sheffield Poet Laureate award and the 'Pride in Doncaster Lifetime Achievement' award. We all had a lovely afternoon full of laughter brought on by listening to Benny’s poems and humurous stories from yesteryears.
Woodview Care Home in Lincoln invited one of our local schools to bring some of the students in for a poetry recital. About 30 children came in to recite some of their favourite poems, and even some poems they had written themselves. Our residents were thrilled to have the students in and there was lots of applause and even laughter at the funnier poems. It was a lovely afternoon with a lot of smiling faces. One of the residents loved it so much she had her photograph taken with some of the children. She also gave them a little sing song, reciting a favourite war time song.
Meanwhile Sycamore & Poplars Care Centre in Mansfield had their own little event to support our budding poets. They invited some local school children to create and read their own poems to residents. Being so close to Easter they themed their poems around Easter/Spring. A lovely afternoon was had by all!
16 Mar 2016
Three of Four Season Health Care’s team from Northern Ireland were honoured at the British Journal of Nursing Awards evening on Friday 11th March, each scooping a top prize.
Gary Cousins, Joanne Agnelli and Gary Mitchell attended the ceremony after being nominated by their peers for their work in the care sector.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Northern Ireland said: “The British Journal of Nursing Awards is a very prestigious event. I want to congratulate Gary, Joanne and Gary on their success and thank them for their continued hard work and dedication they’ve provided to the homes, residents and the teams.”
Gary Mitchell was awarded the Nurse of the Year Award, after being nominated by colleagues. Part of Gary’s citation read:
“Gary currently works as a dementia care advisor. He works as part of a specialist team that oversees the development of dementia services across 70 care homes in Northern Ireland.
“On a day-to-day basis, Gary’s role relates to the development, implementation and evaluation of dementia care throughout the organisation. Recently he has also been involved in co-leading a project to optimise provision of palliative care within Four Seasons Health Care (across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – 350 care homes). This has culminated in the development of a new clinical policy, care manual and training package for all staff practising within the organisation.
“As well as being inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in 2014, Gary was recently listed as one of the Nursing Times Inspiring Leaders in 2015. He has been commissioned to be the lead author for Northern Ireland’s Dementia Learning and Development Framework.
“Gary also provided specialist dementia education to nursing undergraduates at Northern Ireland's largest university, Queen's University Belfast throughout 2015 to promote education about dementia in undergraduate student nurse populations. This has helped furnish undergraduate students with knowledge about, not only the biomedical aspects of the dementia diseases, but also how they could better support people living with dementia in their nursing practice in hospital, care home, community or hospice. The evaluation of this piece is to be published in an international journal in early 2016.
Joanne Agnelli was awarded the Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award, after being nominated by her peers. Part of Joanne’s citation read:
“Joanne is a Dementia Services Quality manager for Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) covering approximately 70 care homes over the regions of Northern Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
“She has been responsible for educating, implementing and evaluating best practices in dementia care across all dementia units in these regions. Joanne has worked directly with all grades of care home staff about the importance of person-centred care, appropriately reducing anti-psychotic medications, embracing age-appropriate activity and safeguarding dignity.
“Joanne’s most endearing quality is her interest in supporting others to grow professionally. She shares opportunities with, not only her dementia care team, but with clinicians she works with.
“Joanne is pivotal, not only within the organisation, but within an international context at promoting best practices in dementia care. Her passion for improving standards in dementia care is infectious and all of the care team she leads supports her nomination.”
Gary Cousins was awarded the Infection Control Nurse of the Year Award, after being nominated by colleagues. Part of Gary’s citation read:
“Gary provides direct support to approximately 70 care homes within Northern Ireland and expert advisory support to a further 300 or so care homes throughout Scotland, Wales and England.
“He has developed, piloted and launched an impressive infection-control link nursing programme within Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland. The link nursing programme furnishes nursing leads throughout our care homes with specialist infection control education (for example information on surveillance, the role of public health, recognising symptoms of infection as well as effective evidence based interventions for C-Diff, MRSA etc.)
“Gary’s passion, enthusiasm and leadership within infection control and prevention has led to statistically significant changes as it pertains to residents who live in our care homes.
“Gary is passionate in raising awareness about the importance of infection prevention in care homes. In short, his work inspires confidence, instils leadership and ultimately enhancing the care we afford to our residents within Four Seasons Health Care.”
Carol added: “Here at Four Seasons we are determined to provide resident-led care, where we can do all we can to enhance our residents’ life whilst they’re in our care. The citations that Gary, Joanne and Gary received show how hard they’re working to provide the best service possible to our clients and roll it out across the organisation.
“Congratulations again. You are all worthy winners.”
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Queen's Square, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6EF