As we become older quality of life becomes increasingly important, people begin to find daily activities harder and it difficult to manage alone or maybe you wish to relax more and wish to have more assistance. This is where choosing the right care home van make the difference Forest Lodge offers residential care placement to adults that require care services and a helping hand. Our residential care placement is available to any adult within our registration category, and choosing the right home can mean the difference in the quality of life. We concentrate on maintaining people’s dignity at all times, and ensuring that all their needs are being met. Our residential care, can be for long term, short term, or even just respite care for a day. Whatever you feel is necessary we can create a package tailored to your needs.
Forest Lodge offers Day Care Service to all, 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 06:00 pm, 365 days a year. We have transport available for our Day Care users which will transport them from and to their home, within our district.
Our Day Care is similar to our residential care, where users will get the best standard of care. But will have a range of services available to them throughout their stay. Users have access to healthcare facilities; assist them in any way possible whilst recognising their independence. Whilst promoting dignity and self-respect, and maintaining their privacy.
We understand that everyone has different hobbies, interests, religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds therefore we try to respond to everyone’s needs as an individual creating plans of care to meet everyone’s desires. We have an extensive list of activities available for users to partake in.
A Typical Day Care, Day at Forest Lodge
Starting between 8.00am and 10.00am, attendees will be collected from their homes in one of our mini-buses, especially adapted for easy access. On arrival at the Home you will be able to delight in breakfast complemented with a choice of tea or coffee, juices, biscuits and freshly made cakes.
Following that, you may well like to take part in the organised activities on offer, learn a new still or just catch up with fellow day care attendees and residents of the Home. A delightful lunch will be served between 12.00pm and 1.30pm and following that you can relax or join in the afternoon’s activities. Depending on the day’s activities there may be a visit to the local park(s), shopping centres so you can have a lovely day shopping. It could even be a trip to historical places in and around Nottingham. This will then bring the day to an end and you will safely be driven back to your home safely between 4.00pm and 6.00pm (if using our minibus service).
Our dedicated activity co-ordinators will make sure your time is spent enjoying as many of our activities and events as you want. Activities are organised on a daily basis, with larger activities once a week, which can be visiting the Nottingham Castle or The Galleries of Justice. Activities are decided by our residents, we have regular resident meetings which involve the management team where residents can give their input in to the running of home, if there is something they want changing, activities they wish to do then they can have their say.
We have our own hairdresser who comes to the home to cut, style, and dry our resident’s hair. Donald who has been cutting hair at Forest Lodge for over 25 years, has been in the hairdressing sector for over 30 years, enjoys cutting hair at Forest Lodge. Donald has built a great rapport with the team at Forest Lodge and the residents.
Our Chiropodist, who is also known as Podiatrist to many, specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and disease affecting the foot and lower limb. With early detection and patient education our chiropodist assess and treats acute, short term foot problems to reduce complications and foot ulceration associated with long term problems. Appoints are made on a regular basis and also when required.
We have a good relationship with Visionary Eye Care who are one of the leading eye care providers in England. There is no more hassle in going to the opticians, making sure your on time, worried about being late and missing the appointment, or even that long wait. Thanks to Visionary Eye Care offering us a mobile service, they come to the home and see all of our residents. Making life easier for you, no more hassle and worries about missing an appointment
Care Home Team & District Nurse Team
We have regular visits from The District Nursing Service and Care Home Team who liaise with all other nursing departments, so if specialist help/services are required they will refer/liaise with them and arrange the service. Both teams comprise of highly skilled specialist nurses, providing holistic care to our home when our residents require or referred by us. The Care Home Team is a specialist team designed to assist care homes and their residents to ensure all their nursing needs are being cared for whilst residing at Forest Lodge. The team undertake a wide range of nursing interventions e.g. wound care, ulcer management, injections, diabetic management, and continence support in liaison with GPs, other healthcare professionals and social care.
Guide to Care
It can sometimes be a daunting, stressful and an emotional and time when considering the right care homes. Deciding whether residential, nursing or respite care is best for your loved one and for you.
The most important question is which is the right one for you and or your family. Therefore having access to all of the right services is useful and key to making that ‘right choice’.
To you and your family to make the ‘right choice’ we've put together a guide to assist you. The guide provides key points to consider when considering care homes as the next step.
1. Research Care Home’s
Take it upon yourself to research homes, don’t just be sold by what you see, speak to people, carryout the right amount of research so that you can feel assured and comfortable in your decision.
2. Financial Implications
Speak to a social worker, who can provide relevant costs to the sector and industry. They will also be able to assist with any funding available to you. Compare costs of homes and service offered within that cost band. Think about personal allowance if needed.
3. Visit and Compare Care Homes
Going to see home’s is a major part of the selection process. See a wide variety of homes, from the average to the best in the market so you know the difference. Ask about visiting for a whole day so you know what life is like in the particular home. Engage with residents, and their families ask their opinions of the home. That is the best way to get a true understanding of any home.
1. Obtain an assessment from medical professionals or social services
Whether you are self-funded or not, it is always worth involving social services as the assessment and information they can provide are likely to be very helpful in supporting your decision-making with what is arguably a very important choice of where to live.
2. Identify the best possible location for you and your family
Some people would love for a loved one to live very close by, in order to facilitate regular visits. Is the care home easily accessible, by road and train? Are there shops and other facilities nearby?
3. Meeting cultural, social, religious and ethnic needs
Another key element of selection is finding not only the right community of people that you will comfortable living with on a day-to-day basis, but also one that can accommodate your dietary requirements or ethnic and religious beliefs.
4. The level of personal care focus
This is arguably a critical issue: what are your expectations regarding the level of personal care? To what degree is the care truly person-centred? What is the ratio of carer: resident that you are comfortable with? Does the care home create bespoke lifestyle arrangements or are residents expected to adapt into a general routine?
5. Keeping active and involved
How active a lifestyle would you like to pursue? What facilities, programmes and event calendars are in place? Are residents expected to follow and participate in everything or to what degree can they create their own individual activity programme with like-minded people?
6. Level of independence
What is the care philosophy, both in theory and in practice? How does the care home maximise independence for residents? What evidence is there that people are being fully supported to lead an independent life as possible? Can residents come and go as they please? How accommodating is the care home regarding residents making personal arrangements for trips, events and family activities?
7. Excellent communications
What is the type and level of communication between staff, staff and residents, staff and families and staff and the community? How do people interact: is it always an open door policy, with multiple avenues of communication open? How flexible is the care home to accommodate your communication preferences?
8. Inspection reports
What is the CQC report rating of the care home that you are interested in? What aspects of the inspection report are you particularly interested in? What are the good clues/signs of well-run care home or one that has very high standards that you need to look for when visiting a care home?