Abbeycrest

Sonning Common, Berkshire, RG4 9RG

Marilyn Kimayong

Care Home Manager

At Abbeycrest we offer exceptional residential, nursing and specialist dementia care. You can find us in the quiet village of Sonning Common, in the heart of the Chilterns, and Abbeycrest is one of Caring Homes’ newest care homes in Berkshire. We are currently able to offer care for up to 70 elderly people.

  • Stunning care centre providing a full care pathway
  • Dedicated residential, nursing and dementia care
  • Stunning facilities inside and out
  • Excellent care standards
  • Strong community links
  • Friendly dedicated care team

Our commitment to care

Abbeycrest provides our residents with a full Care Pathway – with a full suite of residential, nursing and dedicated dementia care available here. This means that our residents can feel confident in the knowledge that their home can cater for them both now, and in the future if their care needs were to change.

Our nursing home offers a full range of residential, nursing and specialist dementia support – including trial stays, short stay and convalescent care, as well as long-term care. We always encourage our residents to personalise their rooms with important personal possessions.

Abbeycrest Care Centre is ideally equipped to provide residential support for elderly people living with different types of dementia – including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Korsakoff’s syndrome. Our Care Team never loses sight of the fact that, first and foremost, Abbeycrest is our residents’ home.

Specialist design

Our home’s bedrooms and communal areas have been designed and furnished to the highest standards using bespoke materials, with a blend of traditional fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings to create a real home from home environment.

Every bedroom has en-suite bathrooms, and many have patio access to the landscaped gardens or Juliet balconies overlooking the nearby woodland. We believe that our kitchenettes in the dining areas, where residents can relax together over a tea or coffee, help to enhance communal living in the home and give residents more opportunities to socialise.

Specialist dementia care

Our dementia care provision at Abbeycrest Care Centre has been designed to meet the University of Stirling’s standards, which are widely acknowledged as providing the best environment for people living with dementia. Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre is renowned as the world leader in this field.

By using the Stirling approach we can ensure that residents are able to move freely around the home, with bedrooms and communal areas appropriately laid out and clearly signposted to minimise confusion or disorientation. Each bedroom features a memory box by its front door, where mementos from our residents’ lives help to personalise their rooms, as well as to remind visitors and our Care Team of each resident’s life story.

Visiting us

We operate an open visiting policy at Abbeycrest Care Centre, helping residents and loved ones to share visits at the times that are convenient for them.

Accreditation

As the Home Manager at Abbeycrest, I have a qualified nursing background and lead my dedicated Care Team to provide the highest standards of person-centred care. Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission, with both ISO9001/2000 and Hospitality Assured accreditation.

Care Facilities

To promote optimum health in our residents, a personalised nutrition plan is created for each individual, with specific dietary needs taken into account.
We offer reminiscence therapy to give residents an opportunity to recall and share happy memories. This is an enjoyable social activity, which can increase confidence and self esteem.
Our trusted and well-liked visiting physiotherapist is available to treat and advise our residents.
Our local, assigned GP is able to visit our site to treat and advise any of our residents.
Residents can enjoy peace of mind, thanks to our retained, registered general nurse who provides comfort and professional advice to residents.
Our laundry is handled in-house, meaning residents do not have the hassle of washing and drying clothing and linen themselves.
Our qualified dementia team are experts in the latest developments in dementia care, identifying each resident's personal needs and creating a dedicated care plan catered to them.
Trained dementia care staff are on hand to support our residents and ensure their time with us is spent safely and positively.
A retained registered mental health nurse is experienced in dealing with our residents and their requirements.
We use a friendly registered mental health nurse, who residents are familiar with and trust.
We are proud to hold Hospitality Assured Accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to outstanding service and resident care.
Our excellence in performance and efficiency is recognised through our ISO 9001 Accreditation.
Our dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Team ensure our accreditations are maintained and these high standards are reflected across the facility.
Once we have reviewed the results of the pre-admission assessment, Individual Care Plans are carefully created and a detailed approach to every resident's care is formulised.
Telephone and face to face advice is available to any resident with bladder or bowel concerns. Patients do not need to be incontinent to receive this information.
Our specialist group of activities co-ordinators make sure there are a range of mental, physical and social activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy.

Room Facilities

Residents can use en-suite facilities with added peace of mind with an emergency call point.
We provide step-free, non-slip showers, which are safe and convenient for our residents.
For sanitary reasons and convenience, residents are provided with their own personal basin.
An en-suite WC and basin is provided for the convenience of our residents.
Private bathroom and shower facilities are offered to all residents, so they don't have the inconvenience of sharing, or waiting to use the washroom.
Our bathrooms are fitted with automatic lights, which are serviced on a regular basis.
To aid the flow of traffic in our home and make moving from space to space easier, free swing doors have been fitted along corridors.
For added safety and peace of mind, secure grab rails have been fitted in washrooms.
We have fitted bright and visible contrast colour grab rails to aid residents using our bathrooms.
Indoor light is measured carefully to provide maximum benefit for residents. Natural daylight maintains a healthy circadian rhythm, increases production of Vitamin D and reduces symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Electronically operated, homely and safe nursing beds are provided for the comfort of our residents.
The ultimate in luxury, our divan beds provide a good night's sleep as well as plenty of storage for residents.
Residents can enjoy cross ventilation, improved daylight and a range of views, thanks to our double aspect bedrooms.
Secluded patios provide a private space for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Safe Juliette balconies provide welcome fresh air to bedrooms, as well as an exceptional view of our landscaped garden.
Lowered cill heights mean seated residents have an unobstructed view of our outside spaces.
Residents and guests can enjoy peace of mind in the sanctuary of our secure patio area.
Residents are able to enjoy all their favourite television shows and films, thanks to our modern television sets.
The full range of Freeview stations, including popular channels such as Challenge and Film4, can be enjoyed by all our residents.
Cable television provides an additional choice of channels for our residents, including National Geographic and Hallmark Channel.
Clean, well-maintained furniture can be provided for residents to enjoy their own fully-furnished bedroom without the hassle of sourcing and moving in appropriate furniture.
Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture to personalise their space and create their own homely environment.
Our facility walls are colour contrasted to ease residents' navigation around the centre.
Our wall switches contrast to the wall colour, so they can be located quickly and easily.
Residents can take advantage of the flexibility of free WIFI in their bedrooms, for added privacy and convenience.
Our clear fronted wardrobes means residents can view their contents at a glance, aiding them with the daily routine of getting dressed.
Clear fronted drawers, with easy viewing to contents, reduce stress and confusion to residents with dementia.
Special sensors indicate when doors are opened or when movement is detected in the room. These alarms help reduce risk to vulnerable residents.
Window limiters ensure residents are safe and secure at all times, whilst still allowing fresh air into the rooms.
Padded headboards aid residents who want to sit up in bed, read and relax in comfort.
Private documents and cherished belongings can be kept secure in each resident's individual safe.
Residents can relax and sleep easy, knowing their rooms are fitted with reliable, professionally-fitted locks. These recommended locks are safe and appropriate for our residents.
Clear, big button telephones have been installed to provide ease of use for our residents.
Bright walls and high contrast carpets are used throughout our facility to help residents find their way around the building.
To reduce anxiety and support patients' independent living skills, we have installed toilets which are visible from the bed.
Classic fixtures and fittings, such as traditional taps, bath plugs and light switches have been introduced to the facility to help reduce confusion.
Solid, easy grip door handles are provided to aid residents' navigation around their bedroom and the rest of the facility.
If necessary, our mirrors are easy to cover up. This can help reduce anxiety for our residents.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our friendly receptionist is on hand to answer any queries throughout the working week.
Our reception desk is always manned, with a knowledgeable weekend receptionist available to help.
Visitors have access to their own, fully serviced toilet facilities.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Being able to enjoy great food is one of the simple pleasures in life. We offer a quiet, private area for residents to enjoy their meals.
An engaging activity room, where residents can take part in group activities or enjoy a game of cards or dominoes, is available for use.
Every bathroom has been designed to make it easier to use for our residents' specific needs.
Residents can enjoy the luxury of a warm shower in their own safe, assisted shower room.
Our well stocked library offers a range of fiction and non-fiction titles for our residents to enjoy.
A modern, spacious and regularly serviced lift is available for use to all residents and visitors.
Friendly, fully qualified nurses are on-hand throughout the day and night to assist with our residents' needs.
Residents have full access to our private physiotherapists room, for one-to-one care and advice.
A special quiet lounge is available for guests and visitors to relax and unwind in, free from the distractions of televisions, radios or loud conversations.
A room where all our residents can keep up to date with their favourite soaps and take pleasure in watching shows and films with their friends.
Residents can relax with a book and a cool drink on our outdoor terrace, complete with comfortable furniture.
Light, airy and temperature controlled dining rooms make the perfect environment for our residents to enjoy their meals.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
Having the option of making your own cup of tea in a self serve kitchenette is a simple, but important choice we are proud to offer our residents.
Regardless of the time of day, our residents will not go hungry, thanks to our round the clock snack menu, offering healthy and filling food choices.
Our popular themed food events are a great talking point amongst our residents and add a touch of fun and variety to mealtimes.
A packed schedule of games, activities and trips means there is a social event to suit every resident's taste.
Residents are able to take pleasure in a range of entertainment options, including singers and dance troupes, from the various types of visiting entertainment.
We offer a wide range of external trips, to the seaside, shopping centres, National Trust sites and other local areas of interest.
We help residents create memory boxes, filled with items such as photographs or tickets, to help stimulate happy memories from the past.
Reliable, modern and quiet air conditioning units are positioned around our facility to create a comfortable environment, whatever the weather outside.
Convenient handrails have been fitted around our centre to aid mobility.
Professionally created dementia orientation signage has been positioned around our facility to assist residents' navigational requirements.
Gently sloped floors and wide access routes make our centre wholly wheelchair accessible.
Safe, modern hoists are used by our trained staff to make activities such as getting into bed easy and comfortable for residents.
Our fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and sprinkler systems are serviced bi-annually by an external provider to ensure they are fully functioning and safe.
No dead ends – interest is created in the area to help avoid confusion and distress
Our experienced and trained head chef creates a huge choice of meals to suit every palate.
Our in-house laundry team ensure every resident's laundry needs are catered for, so they don't have to worry about washing clothing or bedding.
Wonky shelves, dripping taps and a host of other odd jobs can be fixed quickly and efficiently by our friendly in-house handyman.
Residents can always experience bright, airy rooms and an unobstructed view of the outside world, thanks to our visiting window cleaners.
Our gardens, patios, paths and parking areas are kept clean and weather-ready by our visiting landscape gardening team.
Our well-loved visiting library service allows residents to enjoy all manner of reading and audio books, free of charge.
Residents are able to worship and practise their own religion in our facility, with the support of our visiting multi-faith clergy.
Gentle, relaxing ambient music helps maintain a calm and welcoming environment for our residents.
State of the art computer facilities and tablets are available for use by our residents. We also offer support to those residents needing guidance with these devices.
An independent care fee planning advisory service is available to all residents, providing unbiased information and guidance.
A range of daily newspapers are offered to our residents, so they can keep up to date with local and international news.

Outdoor Facilities

We offer a safe place for friends and family to park their car whilst visiting loved ones.
Our relaxing green spaces mean there is always somewhere to go for residents looking for peace or wanting some light exercise.
We are conveniently located near a bus stop, offering easy access for visitors and residents using the local transport facilities.
A local train station means we are conveniently located for friends and family travelling by railway.
Friends and family arriving by bus can enjoy the complete convenience of a bus stop on our doorstep.
Our new build development provides all the mod cons you would expect from a modern complex, including secure accessibility and comfortably heated rooms.
The smooth contours and fresh, electric feel of an urban environment make this a place full of energy and life.
Our countryside location means we offer a natural, healthy space for our residents to unwind and relax in.
A regular and comfortable minibus service is offered to residents wanting to explore local towns and visitor centres.
Residents can enjoy the tranquillity and peace of our extensive gardens, which are fully secure and regularly risk assessed.
Friends and family are able to visit loved ones at any time they choose. We offer 100% visiting time flexibility.

Manager's Profile

I’m a qualified Nurse with a background in care of the elderly, and have worked all around the world in a variety of care home settings. Some of the places I have worked include China, Taiwan and the Philippines. I have also spent time teaching, lecturing and training care colleagues both here in the UK and abroad.

I previously worked at other Caring Homes locations, including Huntercombe Hall and Hulcott, before moving to Abbeycrest. I am very proud of my accomplishments, especially my efforts to build strong local community links and to assure our high standards of care are maintained.

As Manager I enjoy the variety of each day and always take great pleasure from time spent talking to residents and relatives. I particularly love the reward of seeing a resident respond positively to the care and comfort provided by my Care Team at the home.

I’m a strong advocate of investing in our local community, and I also regularly send money back to an education project in my native home town in the Philippines. The project sponsors underprivileged school children to achieve secondary education qualifications, enabling them to have better life prospects.

Marilyn Kimayong

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Essex Way
Kennylands Road
Sonning Common
Berkshire
RG4 9RG

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