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.
The food is very good and if there is nothing on the menu I like an alternative is always offered. There are snacks and drinks available whenever I want one.
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
28 Jan 2016
As the Royal College of Nursing prepares to celebrate their 100th Birthday, they have launched a photography competition in collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society with the aim to show a record of nursing over 100 years.
Two photographs have been submitted for the competition by our Northern Ireland team which can be seen above.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director NI, explains “The first image in the garden was decided on after discussing the difficulties with nurse recruitment. We decided to take a novel approach by supporting the Home Managers and Practice Support Manager to ‘grow their own’ nurses".
“The second image is all about ‘It was not like that in our day’. Growing up our mums talked fondly of nursing and always told us “it wasn’t like that in our day”. Wanting to prove them wrong we decided to follow in their footsteps and now we have a combined total of 122 years’ service to the nursing profession".
"We have to explain new world of nursing – Gary, Infection Control and Clinical Development Nurse, shows his mum modern clinical technology. Rebecca, who is about to commence Adult Nursing with the University of Brighton, demonstrates the ways fob watches have moved with the times and can still be fashionable. Meanwhile Leah models for her mum that nurses can wear trousers”.
The competition is open to RCN members and the public. The collection will be added to the RCN archive with 50 images shortlisted to form an exhibition which will be loaned to various places across the UK.
Entries so far can be seen here.
The competition will close for entries 29th February.
8 Jan 2016
Woodside Care Home, managed by Lorraine Dray and her team had to safely evacuate 25 Residents at very short notice. The Four Seasons Family all pitched in to help across the region including 2 Brighterkind homes, resulting in all 25 residents safely being transferred to other homes by the end of the evening.
The Local Authority and the Police have both commented today on how impressed they were with all the team involved for their outstanding performance in the face of unprecedented severe weather. During this time the team on duty, off duty and members of the public were all helping to try and collect and prepare sandbags, and then trying to get these back to the home through Aberdeen City which itself had ground to a halt due to severe flooding. The team did an amazing job and as a result there has been no damage to the home overnight.
The Meadows Care Home, managed by Cassie Hersee and her team had an equally stressful past 24 hours. Having been put on High Alert early on Thursday the team were busy preparing the 41 residents for the potential full evacuation of the home. At the same time, the team off duty were busy helping the home by collecting sand bags from local collection points and transporting these back to the home. As afternoon turned to early evening the decision finally came from the Police that they needed to evacuate the home. By far the biggest challenge facing the team was where the residents would go to as the town of Huntly was completely closed off due to all roads in and out being blocked and unpassable due to flooding. The local hospital had no room and due to the evacuation earlier of a sheltered housing complex there was no room at the local hall.
Eventually there was space found at a community centre for 15 residents. The remaining residents were moved into a unit at the care home that was less likely to flood. Later that night the Police and the care home team agreed that the residents who had moved to the community centre may be better returning to the home as the risk of flooding was beginning to recede. So with everyone back again, for the rest of the night the full 41 residents shared a single unit but were well looked after by the whole team.
John Kirk, Managing Director (Scotland), told us “I want to say a massive thank you to Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager and everyone who assisted with this across Team Grampian yesterday and today. Team members who were on days off, the public, the support team and to the other members of Team Scotland who all offered their support with any potential clean up. A fantastic show of teamwork, care and compassion to our residents and I am extremely grateful to have them as part of my team”.
4 Jan 2016
Everyone here at Four Seasons Health Care has been extremely busy celebrating in the run up to Christmas. From festive knits, to sparing a seat for Christmas dinner, Four Seasons has done it all this year to ensure everyone had the best possible Christmas.
To only name a few; The Vale, Amethyst House and Beechcare all got dressed up to celebrate ITV’s Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day which helps raise money for Macmillan, Make a Wish and Save the Children. Osbourne Court also joined in and had their ROCK Award presentation dressed in their festive outfits.
Hemsworth Park had a pleasant surprise after they were treated by their local Tesco store who kindly delivered goody bags full of treats and gifts for residents to enjoy over Christmas. Marlborough Court was also lucky enough to have gifts given to them by a local school.
Burlington Court created their very own Santa’s Grotto in which a local nursery came to visit to join in on the celebrations – the residents had a lovely afternoon and everyone joined together for Christmas Carols.
Ladymead Care Home in Swindon held their own Carol singing concert for residents to perform for one another. The team invited relatives and friends to join at the home for an afternoon of festive cheer and spirit.
Katherine Clark, Home Manager at Churchfield was heartbroken to find a 76 year old widower appealing for company over Christmas. Katherine invited the local resident to join Churchfield for Christmas dinner with transport provided as a good will gesture.
Amongst all of these, we’ve also seen some fabulous Christmas parties.
We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you a very happy New Year!