Rendlesham Care Centre

Rendlesham, Suffolk, IP12 2TP

Ruth Halls

Care Home Manager

Located by Rendlesham Forest on the outskirts of the village, Rendlesham Care Centre in Suffolk, offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 60 elderly residents, in a peaceful location.

Why choose Rendlesham Care Centre?

Here at Rendlesham, we comprise of three self-contained communities, providing different levels of care, all living in one location. This provides our residents with a real sense of a small-scale and homely living environment, with the added benefit of outstanding care facilities. As a resident’s care needs change, we are equipped to meet those needs ensuring that elderly residents are able to remain within the community they have become an integral part of.

Our dementia care provision has been designed to meet standards of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre, which is renowned as the world leader in the field.

Our commitment to care

Rendlesham Care Centre has an outstanding team of highly skilled and passionate support staff. As the manager, I have a qualified nursing background and lead the professional care team in providing the highest standards of tailored care.

Our 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 award-winning care offers a full range of residential, nursing and specialist dementia support, including trial stays, short-stay breaks and convalescence.

The home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission and has ISO9001/2000 and Hospitality Assured accreditation.

How we ensure the wellbeing of our residents

Rendlesham Care Centre is home to our residents and we never lose sight of that. The environment is light and spacious with a welcoming atmosphere and relaxing ambience that is carried through everything we do on a daily basis. A highlight of the home is its ‘Forget Me Not’ garden, which was specially designed to provide a safe and stimulating environment for elderly residents living with dementia.

Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre is renowned as the world leader in this field and its best-practice approach ensures that residents are able to move freely around the home, with bedrooms and communal areas appropriately laid out and clearly signposted to minimise disorientation.

Daily life in the home

Check out our latest news and events to see how our passionate and dedicated staff consistently help the older people in our care.


We operate an open visiting policy, where friends and family may visit at convenient times. For full details on how to find us, please click the ‘Location’ tab at the top of the page.

The local area

Sitting on the edge of Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rendlesham is perfectly position for access to the coast, Ipswich and the quiet of the medieval market towns of Saxmundham and Wickham Market. Suffolk area is known for its wealth of historical sites including Sutton Hoo, Framlingham Castle, Ickworth House and St. Edmonsbury Cathedral.

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 do not have to wait for treatment or travel to a GP's surgery, thanks to our retained GP.
A visiting occupational therapist ensures each resident's particular needs are met in our facility.
Residents can enjoy peace of mind, thanks to our retained, registered general nurse who provides comfort and professional advice to residents.
The regular team of visiting nurses are able to provide guidance, support and treatment to our residents.
Residents can relax in our tidy and clean environment, without lifting a finger, thanks to our dedicated daily cleaning service team.
Our laundry is handled in-house, meaning residents do not have the hassle of washing and drying clothing and linen themselves.
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 fully-fitted and generously sized bathrooms ensure all residents have easy access to a toilet and washing facilities.
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.
Secluded patios provide a private space for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Individual balconies provide an elevated, spectacular view of our garden areas and allow residents to enjoy the garden from their own bedroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only non-toxic, thornless flowers and shrubs have been planted in our gardens. This reduces the risk of residents harming themselves.
Solid, easy grip door handles are provided to aid residents' navigation around their bedroom and the rest of the facility.

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.
Residents and visitors can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a coffee in our relaxing on site café.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Residents are can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world, as well as browse the internet, thanks to our reliable broadband, offered at no extra cost.
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.
Our dedicated bariatric room features specialist hosts, bedframes, toilets and mattresses to cater for bariatric needs.
Friendly, fully qualified nurses are on-hand throughout the day and night to assist with our residents' needs.
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.
Our themed reminiscence lounge encourages residents to recall fond memories of times gone by.
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.
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.
Independent living is supported in our facility and our in-house shop caters for all our residents' needs, offering snacks, magazines and toiletries.
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.
Guests arriving by bicycle are welcome to use our smart and secure bike racks.
Residents are encouraged to explore our state of the art sensory garden, where they can experience the calming influence of the flowers and greenery.
Our beautifully designed landscaped garden houses a range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing scenic surroundings for all our residents.
We have several greenhouses onsite for residents to grow their own produce, should they choose to.
Gardening is an enjoyable activity for many of our residents, and we offer raised beds for residents to plant their own flowers and shrubs.
Residents can plant and manage their own vegetables in our mature vegetable garden.
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.
Our new build development provides all the mod cons you would expect from a modern complex, including secure accessibility and comfortably heated rooms.
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’ve been a Nurse for 29 years, working in Oncology and Palliative care. I was a Haematology Specialist Nurse, and worked with a private healthcare provider delivering care in the home. I then went into elderly care.

I started working for Caring Homes in 2012 at our sister home, Hillside in Sudbury, and went on to provide compliance coordination for all of our homes in Suffolk and Norfolk before joining Rendlesham as Home Manager.

I have enjoyed being able to make decisions and drive positive changes through my roles, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to do this. It has been a joy to be involved with so many Caring Homes, and I’ve loved getting to know so many residents and colleagues, but now I’m pleased to be settled in Rendlesham and am looking forward to making a difference here.

I believe that good communication is important, and that the best type of care is provided in a supportive and friendly environment. Because Rendlesham is a fairly large and complex home, I have strived to make sure I’m available to residents and relatives whenever possible. I have also developed great connections with my whole Care Team, and we’re in touch day and night, during the week and at weekends.

I’m a supportive person and try to be as approachable as possible; I have an open door policy for residents, family members and colleagues alike. I believe in laying strong foundations, putting in the time and effort now to develop my Care Team for the future.

I’ve had a really positive experience with Caring Homes, and have received lots of great feedback from residents and relatives at Rendlesham.

I chose to work for Caring Homes because I’d heard good things through the Nurses’ network, and already had friends working in the Group. I’ve since got to know all of the Care Teams in each home across East Anglia, and have found that everyone is unique with different strengths and skills.

I have four children who I love spending time with outside of work. I also enjoy feeling fit and healthy, having recently lost 8 stone, and enjoy going to the gym in my spare time. I find that exercise helps keep my head clear, and I like getting outdoors to do some walking whenever I can.

Ruth Halls

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