Welcome to Sanford House Nursing Home Dereham, Norfolk

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Key Information

We make sure each resident experiences care that's as unique as they are. Which is why we offer a range of care types and duration for individuals or couples.

Things you need to know

The types of care we provide

Living well with Dementia

We are proud to be the only care home group to have our own unique award-winning dementia training ‘My World’ which is accredited by City and Guilds. It highlights the importance of meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with dementia, in addition to addressing clinical aspects of care.

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Daily life

Keeping things personal

At Sanford House Nursing Home

The welcoming surroundings at Sanford House Nursing Home are matched by the standard of care our team brings residents. We love learning as much as we can about the people we care for, so your loved one’s time is tailored to their individual needs, interests and preferences. This can be as small as knowing when they like to wake up, to how they like their tea, and everything in between.

We give as much independence as possible, letting individuals choose how to run the home and if they prefer dinner in front of the TV, or even dusting their own room, we’ll make it happen. Just as putting their own stamp on their bedroom, we’ll help them to personalise it with the things they love.

Keep doing what you love

At Sanford House Nursing Home, there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy – from arts and crafts to relaxation, our packed schedule of events and activities, to picnics in the garden. And if residents prefer to spend one-on-one time with a member of the team, they can read the paper, pop to the shops or have a pint in the local pub. We have strong connections with the Dereham community, many of our residents invite them to join in our activities or even run their own here.

You'll be in good company this spring

Book a respite stay for peace of mind

Over four million older people in the UK say they feel lonely and lack the friendship and support which we all need. Our respite and permanent stays offer the chance to see some new faces and try out some new things with as much or as little support as you need.

During this unprecedented time, many residents have chosen us for peace of mind so they feel safe in the knowledge that care and support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should they need it, as well as staying connected. Whether you're looking for permanent care or a respite stay, ask us about our latest availability in our homes and the extra things we are doing to keep our residents, families and teams safe.

Meet the Manager

Joan Auton

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.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking advantage of the many places of interest in and around East Anglia.


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  • Address
    Danes Fort Drive, Swanton Road
    Dereham, Norfolk
    NR19 2SD
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    Local Area
    • Banham Zoo
    • Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum
    • Local cafes and shops in nearby Dereham
    • The nearest railway station is Mid Norfolk Railway Dereham Station.
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Any questions?
Call us free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Last year we helped over 5,000 families find the right care with free advice on anything from funding care to finding the right home and moving in.

We can help with advice on paying for care and how funding works. We can check availability in all of our homes and send you the latest brochure. If you'd like to meet our Home Manager, we'll book an appointment at a time to suit you.

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