Welcome to Maple Lodge Care Home

You'll find Maple Lodge in the Witherwack suburb of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

Our Dementia Care Framework Plaque

Here we treat residents as individuals, and always respect their dignity, privacy and rights. The Care Quality Commission has deemed our home ‘excellent'.

Our property is safe, well maintained, clean, pleasant and hygienic. There's a large garden, and patio and decking area where people love to take in scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

We love residents to bring personal items, such as photos, ornaments and small items of furniture, into their bedrooms to make them more familiar and homely.

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Life at Maple Lodge Care Home

A carer and a resident

My mother had been in Sunderland hospital for 7 weeks and as a result of morphine suffered great confusion. She was admitted by the medical social worker to the unit of Maple Lodge to a "time to think" bed. On arrival Mum could hardly walk after being in bed for so long and her mental state was poor. After the first week Mum was walking up and down the corridor unaided. In the six weeks she was there she had a good sleep pattern and her appetite had returned. This was all down to the hard working team managed by Stuart. Unfortunately Mum is no longer able to live independently due to short term memory loss. She extended her stay in the main building for a further month until the care home in her locality had a bed for her. Again the kindness and support of the wonderful staff that work there has been exemplary. Top marks to management who have ensured that the right type of person is employed to look after our elderly family members with such good care.

carol Downs, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

First class staff from the nurses to the carers and cleaners. First class care, love, respect. A quality care home. I would recommend to anyone.

John Furniss, Son of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

My mam resided in this home for 17 months. At all times she was treated with dignity and care even though at times it was very difficult for her and the staff due to her dementia. Over time she deteriorated in health due to her dementia and passed away recently in Maple Lodge. The staff were more than excellent with mam in her last few weeks and to us as a family they were the rock we leaned on for support. Thank you.

Linda Warren, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

Yes, I would recommend to friends and other families.

Audrey Pearson, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

Maple Lodge provides a good overall standard of care.

Paul Rylance, Son of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

My mother has been resident for six years with dementia. My late father was a resident for two years with dementia prior to passing away. Both have experienced tremendous help and care throughout their time in a supportive and safe environment.

Kevin Tracey, Son of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

Staff were fantastic with my mother who was occupying a time to think bed. She has now moved on to be nearer to us but she really appreciated the help that she received. Another fantastic feature is having ensuite rooms which seem to be so rare in other nursing homes, this saves elderly people from having to navigate unfamiliar corridors in the dead of night to find a toilet. Thanks to all concerned.

Yvonne Collins, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

Always a warm welcome and very pleasant staff, always helpful and nothing too much of a bother for them.

William Naisby, Nephew of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

I have been pleased with the way my dad has been looked after while he has been here. I have always been informed of his health and any issues that may arise. I cannot fault the staff they have always been pleasant to dad and family always listen if I want to know about anything. Dad is happy here he is really well cared for.

Ellen Green, Daughter of Resident/Service User at Maple Lodge Care Home

All the members of the staff that I have had contact with have all been very friendly and helpful.

William Obee, Son of Resident/Service User at Maple 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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Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...

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Respite care

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

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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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Intermediate care

Also known as "step-up, step-down", or rehabilitation care, intermediate care offers an alternative...

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Facilities & services

Making care special is at the heart of Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All ensuite
  • All single rooms
  • On site hairdressing
  • Library
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Bar
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Patio
  • Sensory gardens
  • Flat screen TV in rooms
  • Flat screen TV in lounge
  • Personal telephone
  • Wi-fi

Our news


14 Jul 2017

Colleagues from Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside, Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven and Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine all came together to do a skydive, raising money for residents in their care and Alzheimer's Scotland.

Tracey Rhodes, Resident Experience Facilitator for Scotland, said: "Everyone was really excited for the jump. One of them hadn't even been in a plane, and they completed it, which was a huge accomplishment. They managed to raise £4,000 which is fantastic. Well done everyone."

Congratulations everyone! We’re all proud of you.


6 May 2017

Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Maple Lodge Care Home is celebrating being accredited for a radically different approach of care for people living with dementia.

The Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional well-being, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted an event for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them during a 70s themed party on Tuesday 25th April, which was even attended by the local mayor.

Jacky Reed, Acting Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North East of England said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident.

Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences.

The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk


27 Feb 2017

Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland provides swift and appropriate discharge from acute services providing the rehabilitative support individuals need to return home. Working with the combined skills of a multi-disciplinary team, patients are empowered to make realistic therapy goals and proactively work towards an agreed discharge date.

The service provided by Maple Lodge is slightly different to that of other intermediate care services Four Seasons Health Care provides, in the essence that this service is aimed at people aged 18 and above. In the Unit at Maple Lodge, the team covers many disciplines including Four Seasons nurses and carers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers. Together they combine their skills to rehabilitate and re-able patients to either return home or move onto another care home depending on their needs.

Case Study

Mr RB was admitted from a hospital stay due to a fall. He presented as confused and generally unwell. He required assistance in all areas on admission. He accepted a good diet and plenty of fluids and was treated with antibiotics for infection. He slowly improved and after four weeks he was able to walk and look after himself. His confusion was greatly reduced. He returned home after a further 2 weeks in the unit with a care package.

Maple Lodge have had 84 admissions this year to date. The average length of stay is 6 weeks. 15 people returned to their home and 59 were in need of long term care.

More information about the intermediate care service that we provide can be found on our website.

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

Care home manager: Anthony Duggan

Woolwich Road, Witherwack, Sunderland, SR5 5SF

0191 549 3672

0191 549 3687

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