More About Us - Aisling Lodge


What our residents' families say

“The home is very friendly and the staff are lovely. Nan is happy and happier since she has moved homes. I’ve seen an improvement. The care is good. We can ring up whenever we want. The manager keeps in touch with us.”

Beverly, grand-daughter of resident

“The manager has been very helpful and always keeps us informed. The home is always clean. The staff are always very pleasant. Although everything can’t be perfect all the time. But, considering the number of homes my sister and I have visited to see other people, this home is the nicest one and the best. We are always made to feel welcome. The food is good.”

RF, brother of resident

“I was worried about putting my mother, who has vascular dementia, in a care home while I was away for a week. I had visited six residential homes in a month! Then, on phoning Laura, the manager at Aisling Lodge, I was told we would be welcome to visit at any time of day. Later, Laura came to visit my mother in her home to find out her likes and dislikes. My mother loves to go for walks each morning and one of the staff took her out, sometimes with a friend she’s made at the home. Mother ate well with company. There were various interesting activities most days. I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the comfortable, cheerful rooms. I would fully recommend Aisling Lodge where the residents are treated as individuals with kindness and respect.”

Dawn, daughter of resident

“I just wanted to put in writing my thanks for all you, Clare and the rest of your staff did for my mother. Little did I realise that the care you would be giving her would be for the last few days of her life. The care, kindness and sensitive consideration you gave was greatly appreciated. I only hope that you will long continue in your work so that many more people will be able to benefit from your skill.”

C, daughter of resident

“On behalf of her family, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the last 16 months of her life which we entrusted to your care. We are aware that your tasks are not always easy, pleasant and sometimes thankless. You kept us informed and your supportive and courteous behaviour to us helped at a difficult and painful time. We are thankful that you appreciated her character and maintained her dignity to the last.”

LC, daughter of resident

“I have worked in elderly care, at management level, and I am particularly impressed that the manager at Aisling Lodge believes in having a high ratio of staff to resident. This makes a tremendous difference to the standard of care provided, particularly as all staff seem to be highly trained. I have never heard a member of staff be rude to a resident and I have witnessed poor care standards in many establishments but never at Aisling Lodge. All staff are expected to integrate with the residents and provide them with meaningful activities. This is very important to me and I respect the fact that there is no 'them and us' attitude as I have seen in some other establishments where one person is expected to provide all activities regardless of how many residents there are. My mother suffers from severe dementia and I expect her care to be of a high standard and I am not disappointed. I understand the difficulties for staff but my mother is clean, her room is clean and smells fresh and the know and understand her needs... I would never leave my mother in the care of people who place corporate image before excellent care. I am notified immediately if there are any concerns regarding my mother's health and welfare. The manager always errs on the side of caution and a GP is called without delay, which greatly sets my mind at rest. Trust is vital and I trust the manager implicitly to care for my mother and in the three plus years she has lived there I have never lost faith in the care they provide. I don't say these things lightly, I have seen good and bad practise in many establishments but communication is crucial and I can always speak to the manager or deputy at Aisling Lodge and we have established a mutual understanding of my mother's care needs and that is always our prime concern.”

Rita, daughter of resident

What the care homes regulator says

Facilities

Aisling Lodge can accommodate up to 22 residents. We have 19 bedrooms, 16 of which are single. Every room has washing facilities, fitted carpets and a call bell system. Some rooms have en suite facilities.

The rooms are fully furnished but we encourage residents to bring personal items of furniture, pictures, ornaments etc. to personalise their own rooms.

We invite residents to choose the colour that they would like to have their bedroom decorated.

There is a dining room and two communal lounges, all overlooking the garden.

A hairdresser visits Aisling Lodge weekly.

A qualified chiropodist visits monthly.

An optician visits annually.

Other health/medical needs are met by the support and involvement of other health professionals such as the Community District Nursing team, Community Mental Health Team, dietician, speech therapist and physiotherapist as required.

Permanent/respite/convalescent stays

We offer permanent stays for those who want or need to live in a care home. Potential residents are welcome to stay for a one month trial period to see if they like the home.

We also provide respite stays, for example to allow recuperation following illness or to enable carers to take a break.

Sometimes, people come to us for respite on discharge from hospital because they are not well enough to return to their own home at that time or so that a full assessment of their needs can be undertaken once they have recuperated.

With our support and encouragement, some of those staying with us have regained their health, confidence and ability to perform daily living skills, to the extent that they have wanted and been able to return to live independently in the community.

We can provide “emergency respite” at very short notice if needed.

Daycare

We offer people the opportunity to attend the home during the day to socialise and take part in our activities.

Our Day Centre is not a 'separate unit'. Those attending are fully integrated with the home’s residents.

The Day Centre usually operates between 10am and 3pm but we are happy to tailor this individual needs so that, for example, the day can be longer/shorter, meals can be provided and specific days and weekends can be added.


Aisling Lodge Care Home - an attractive period house...

Aisling Lodge Care Home

Photograph showing part of the front elevation of Aisling Lodge care home.


Aisling Lodge Care Home

A view looking towards our care home from the garden.


Aisling Lodge Care Home

Another view of our care home from the garden.


with landscaped gardens

Aisling Lodge Care Home gardens

A view over the back garden towards The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin