Daily Life

Why Ivy Lodge? What marks us out from other retirement homes? Most people who come here say it’s the warm-hearted, dedicated and long-serving team of carers, the home-from-home feel of the place and the fresh, clean surroundings.

Our team is totally committed to the wellbeing of residents and arranges a full range of stimulating activities, from craft classes and singalongs to theatre trips and excursions to local places of interest.

Our food is also first-class. Breakfast, hot or cold, is served from 8am. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and biscuits are served mid-morning and a hearty lunch is at 12.30pm. Tea, coffee and cold drinks are served again mid-afternoon and tea is served at 5pm. A light supper is available for those that wish later in the evening. The kitchen provides delicious fresh food with the emphasis on traditional cooking and home baking using the best seasonal produce available. Options are available for those who may have special requirements.

Our long serving, warm and caring staff are very experienced in helping residents who may be suffering some short-term memory loss and/or some mobility restrictions. Although nurses and other health professionals do visit our residents, we do not provide nursing care.

Every resident who comes to live with us is assessed for the level and type of care they will need which forms a Personalised Care Plan, which is constantly updated to ensure changing care needs continue to be met.

The GP visits Ivy lodge every Wednesday afternoon and, of course, when needed. District nurses visit most days and a chiropodist calls every six weeks. We arrange for an optician to visit twice a year, whilst a nail technician comes every month and hairdressers are here every Tuesday.