Welcome to Brandon Lodge Care Home
At Brandon Lodge in Brandon, County Durham, our registered and specialist teams provide high quality residential and nursing care. Some people stay with us permanently, other for shorter periods.
Ours is a modern two-storey home in easy reach of Durham city centre. We have three light and airy lounges, giving residents a choice of areas where they can relax quietly, or join in activities and social gatherings.
In summer, people love to enjoy the fresh air in our small garden and patio area. All year, they can watch the changing seasons from the comfort of their rooms or our dining room.
All bedrooms have alarm-call systems as standard, and most are en-suite. We love residents to personalise these spaces to make them more homely.
Life at Brandon Lodge Care Home
Activities play a central part in life at Brandon Lodge. Our two activities coordinators ensure Brandon Lodge is a lively place to live.
We have a varied programme of activities, including arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, entertainers and quizzes. Residents come to meetings to decide which goings-on they wish to take place, and also have their say on how the home is run.
Residents not wishing to join in group activities are attended one-to-one. We also run trips to local beauty spots and nearby community events.
It's good. My family are made to feel very welcome and they can visit at any time. I enjoy the meals and my room is always cleaned. I feel very safe here and are quite happy.
It's a comfortable home with excellent care and home cooked meals. It's a friendly home that I feel very safe in.
It's very best run. I give everybody 100%. It;s very clean and the food is beautiful. When you have cleanliness you have everything. Good service form the laundry. There are lots of activities here and even a hairdresser. Anything I need or want is done immediately.
My family enjoy coming here and my wife is very happy.
Very clean and comfortable place to live and the staff are wonderful.
The carers are fabulous and I can ask them for anything at any time and they will help me. The meals are lovely. We get to have days out where we choose. I enjoy a game of bingo and my exercises . The home is lovely and clean and I feel at home here.
A small modern home with very dedicated and friendly staff. Most staff stay for many years, know the residents well and treat them as respected individuals.
Types of care
This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing,...
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 Brandon Lodge Care Home...
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 Brandon Lodge Care Home in Brandon. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- All single rooms
- On site hairdressing
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
- Flat screen TV in lounge
24 Apr 2017
As delayed transfers of care remain at record highs, how can we reduce unnecessary hospital stays for older people? That was the key question at an HSJ event held in association with Four Seasons Health Care.
The roundtable heard that the healthcare system often finds reasons not to deal with care home residents and looked at the success of an innovative collaboration between the NHS and care homes in Belfast.
With a collaborative approach between care homes and the NHS, older people are able to leave hospital and receive expert care, whilst assessing whether their long term future would be in their current home or a local care home. “The idea is that it would provide short term rehabilitation in conjunction with the two trusts in that area. The joint partnerships with the trusts I’ve worked with have just been amazing, and that’s what makes it work”, explained Janice Brown, Four Seasons’ regional manager for the Belfast and Newtownabbey area.
In addition to the improvements from a collaborative solution, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust reported that the joint partnership approach of providing a bed in a care home reduced their yearly cost by more than half.
You can read further thoughts and insights from the HSJ Roundtable, in association with Four Seasons Health Care, at HSJ Roundtable Guides
10 Nov 2016
Sandra Brown, Regional Manager for Durham has been crowned Regional 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 Sandra demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.
During the judging process for the Regional Manager of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including the individual demonstrating exceptional leadership skills and the ability to prioritise the day to day challenges of the role. This individual has supported their homes and helped them to achieve the company’s strategic priorities whilst managing external stakeholders and keeping special resident experiences at the centre of everything they do.
Sandra was nominated by a colleague. His nomination read: “Sandra’s ability to organise her time and focus has supported all the teams in her region to produce all the necessary documentation that is required ensuring that they are compliant. When things are tough, Sandra is always there to cheer us up and always makes the supportive call to give us necessary encouragement. She is very deserving of the Regional Manager of the Year accolade.”
As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Sandra 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.
Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Sandra is a very worthy winner of this award. She has all the necessary skills and runs a very tight ship ensuring that everyone in her region is compliant with regulations. Any issues are sorted quickly, and she’s always on hand to offer support to anyone who needs it. Congratulations Sandra!”
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 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.”
17 Jun 2016
Today, Friday 17th June marks Care Home Day, an opportunity for Care Homes across the UK to open their doors to the local community. The theme for this year is celebration, with the biggest celebration of the year being the Queen’s 90th birthday.
“With this is mind we wanted to celebrate everyone turning 90 this year,” said CEO Tim Hammond. “We have over 680 residents celebrating their 90th birthday throughout the year, and I want to wish them all many happy returns.
“As part of our celebrations, we’ve had a chat with some of our residents and they in turn wanted to share their stories with you, showing how much things have changed over the last 90 years. Some of the stories are very interesting and I’d urge everyone to go and have a read of them.”
The 41 residents below all wanted to share a bit about themselves with you. They’ve also shared any memories they have of the Queen, with some having some interesting recollections.
- Asbourne Care Home in Dudley presents Edith Bennett
- Barrington Lodge Care Home in Bishop Auckland presents Malcolm Gregory
- Brandon Lodge Care Home in Brandon presents Marie Wilson
- Beechcare Care Home in Darrenth presents Catherine Papa
- Beechill Care Home in Belfast presents Betty Thompson
- Beech House Care Home in Barnton Upon Humber presents Emily Bramley
- Cardonald Care Home in Glasgow presents Lammigje McKinney
- Carnalea Care Home in Bangor presents Joan Leslie
- Chasedale Care Home in Blyth presents Robert Anderson
- Courtenay House Care Home in Kings Lynn presents Arthur John Fox
- Earlsferry House Care Home in Leven presents Alison McKay
- Gotton Manor Care Home in Taunton presents Doris Cronk
- Half Acre House Care Home in Radcliffe presents Eileen Christian
- Highfield Hall Care Home in Rossendale presents Frank West
- Hillside Lodge Care Home in Berwick Upon Tweed presents Ellen Patterson
- Hillside Lodge Care Home in Berwick Upon Tweed presents Jimmy Lowry
- Hilltop Manor Care Home in Tunstall presents Joyce Bloor
- Hollie Hill Care Home in County Durham presents Elizabeth Irving
- Hopes Green Care Home in Benfleet presents Gwendoline Stratford
- Ladymead Care Home in Swindon presents Iris Higgins
- Ladymead Care Home in Swindon presents Joan Keates
- Laurels Lodge Care Home in Aberdeen presents Elizabeth Mair
- Lisburn Care Home in County Antrim presents Letitia Mullholland
- Lydfords Care Home in Lewes presents Enid Shrimpton
- Lydfords Care Home in Lewes presents Evelyn Bannister
- Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland presents Alan Clark
- Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland presents Jane Naisby
- Millbrow Care Home in Widnes presents Francis Gee
- Park Farm Lodge Care Home in Tamworth presents Joan Halsall
- Park House Care Home in Northants present Edgar Boniface
- Pond Park Care Home in Lisburn present Raymond Lorimer
- The Cedars & Larches Care Home in Ilkeston presents Eva Harper
- The Cedars & Larches Care Home in Ilkeston presents Eva Weston
- The Court Care Home in Ballymoney presents Daniel Kane
- The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale presents Doreen Watkins
- The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale presents Jean McKears
- The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale presents Peggy Evans
- Ty Eirin Care Home in Porth presents Ivor Coles
- Ty Eirin Care Home in Porth presents Ivy James
- Ty Eirin Care Home in Porth presents Nancy Noble
- Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport presents Joan Matthews