Sanford House

East Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2SD

Joan Auton

Care Home Manager

Sanford House is a modern purpose-built care home in Dereham, providing nursing care and specialist dementia care for up to 40 elderly people.

  • Modern purpose-built care home
  • Single storey accommodation throughout
  • Excellent care standards
  • Beautiful courtyard garden
  • Patio bedrooms
  • Strong local community links

Sanford House

Sanford House is one of our nursing homes in Norfolk and has the reputation of being one of our premier nursing homes in Dereham and has been specifically designed to create an accessible and safe environment for elderly residents who may have mobility problems. All rooms and services are laid out over the ground floor and the home is arranged in a quadrangle around an attractive courtyard garden. Many rooms feature patio doors accessing into the courtyard area.

Dementia Care at Sanford Nursing Home

Sanford House, care home in Dereham, has an enviable reputation for delivering excellent care. Our home’s dementia care provision has been designed to meet the University of Stirling’s standards, which are widely acknowledged as providing the best living environment for people living with dementia. Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre is renowned as the world leader in this field. The Stirling 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 confusion or disorientation.

Our nursing home is ideally equipped to provide residential support for elderly people living with different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Korsacoff’s syndrome. However, staff never lose sight of the fact that, first and foremost, Sanford House is home to our residents.

What we offer

The 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. Residents are encouraged to bring important personal possessions to personalise their rooms.

Visiting

Sanford House operates an open visiting policy, where residents and loved ones may visit at convenient times.

Accreditation

As the Home Manager at Sanford Nursing Home, I have a qualified nursing background and lead my care team to provide the highest standards of care. I also ensure that every member of our team receives the ongoing training they need to deliver the best care possible.

Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission, with both ISO9001/2000 and Hospitality Assured accreditation.

 

Care Facilities

An investigative assessment is carried out prior to residents joining our centre. This concentrates on health and home circumstances, so we can best assess every resident's individual needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Electronically operated, homely and safe nursing beds are provided for the comfort of our 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cats and dogs are welcome in our centre, providing friendship and a special kind of therapy to our 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 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.
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.
Residents are encouraged to explore our state of the art sensory garden, where they can experience the calming influence of the flowers and greenery.
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.
Our friendly animals in our secure smallholding offer a unique experience for animal-lovers.
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

As Home Manager of Sanford House, I lead my professional and compassionate Care Team in delivering the highest standards of nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 40 elderly people.

I have a wealth of experience and qualifications across a wide range of specialist areas – having worked in healthcare since the age of 16 – including mental health, dementia and palliative care. I started work as a nurse in 1971 and worked as a staff nurse for seven years on medical wards. I then moved into elderly care,  working initially in the Health service as a ward sister and then in the private sector at both management and regional management level.

I completed my Registered Manager’s Award in 2005 and, keen to move to a large and reputable organisation, joined Caring Homes in 2010 as a peripatetic manager. I took over as Manager of Sanford House in April 2012.

Within my role, I’m passionate about working with people and improving quality of life for those around me. This is reflected in my ongoing commitment to charity fundraising, helping to raise thousands of pounds in recent years for charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes and Breast Cancer Awareness.

I live just a few miles from Sanford House, in neighbouring Lincolnshire. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking advantage of the many places of interest in and around East Anglia.

Joan Auton

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Our Address

Danes Fort Drive
Swanton Road
East Dereham
Norfolk
NR19 2SD

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