Sanford House team take part in carnival parade

Sanford House care home in East Dereham has achieved a ‘first’ for a care home in the area by taking part in the community carnival parade which took place on Sunday.

The team, along with residents and relatives, worked hard to decorate their bus on a Royal Family theme with bunting, balloons and a crown on the top. The team all wore royal family masks and had been practising their royal wave in preparation for the event.

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

Care home manager Joan Auton, who wore a Queen Elizabeth mask, said; “It was a fantastic event and a real achievement for our team to get so many of our residents involved and really enjoying themselves.

“You can’t get more involved in the community than something like this and we are really proud to be the only care home that has taken part so far – we already have our thinking caps on for something bigger and better for next year.”

The Sanford House minibus took part in the parade – made up of almost 40 floats – with seven residents and carers on board and an additional 15 residents who were pushed in their wheelchairs by carers and relatives to accompany the bus.

Sanford House resident Eileen was chosen by the carnival organisers to help the Mayor judge the best float competition.

“It was a brilliant community event and we were proud to be a part of it. It was fantastic that it all came together really well and everyone had a good time – then it was back to Sanford House for Sunday roast,” added Joan.

Sanford House provides specialist residential and dementia care in a purpose built environment for up to 40 elderly people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Sanford House and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5533 or

Sanford House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Joan Auton


Danes Fort Drive,
Swanton Road,
East Dereham,
NR19 2SD

0808 223 5533
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely