Here at Aveley Lodge, we completely understand the difficulty and the many decisions it takes when deciding whether it is the right time for yourself or a loved one to move into a care setting. You will undoubtedly have many questions, so to make things just that little bit easier, we have complied a list of frequently asked questions. Of course, we cannot cover everything, so if there’s something you need help with, please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our helpful members of the care team will only be too happy to answer any further questions you may have.
Can I visit to find out more about Aveley Lodge?
Yes, we operate an open house policy which means you can turn up and visit at any time to be shown around by one of our senior members of staff although we kindly ask for a little bit of patience if you drop in during busy times such as meal times. If you would like to talk to the Care Home Manager, then we suggest you call ahead in advance, to make sure he’ll be around for your visit or to make a specific appointment with him.
Will I or my relative be here for good, even if my/their needs change?
Every individual is regularly assessed depending on their needs. This will include involvement from GPs, health professionals and their family. If their needs change or our care home is no longer able to meet their needs, it may be that a different category of Care is required. But we will work with you every step of the way and make any decision together.
Can I try a short stay/trial period at Aveley lodge before I decide on long term care accommodation?
We fully understand how difficult it can be to take the decision to move into care on a permanent basis. Especially if this requires you to give up your own home. We can plan an appropriate time for you to stay, based on the availability of a vacant room you are interested in, usually for a four-week trial period. This will be charged at our current care rate and provides you with an ideal opportunity to see what it is like to live at Aveley Lodge.
Do you accept couples?
Yes, we welcome couples. You can either share one bedroom (where available) with room for a sitting area or have two single rooms. The choice is yours depending on room availability.
Will there be nurses on duty?
No. We are a residential care home, which means we do not employ nurses. However, we can accommodate for a wide range of complex needs and disabilities, and we do have access to G.P. Nurse Practitioners, District Nursing services and Single Point Community Care Team as required.
What steps do you take to settle a new resident in?
Our aim is to create a ‘home from home’ for all our residents and so our care team will work closely with you and your loved one to fully understand their complete wants and holistic needs. This includes devising an appropriate care plan to meet physical and health-related needs, through to understanding personal dietary requirements, likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests. We also encourage residents to personalise their own space with furnishings, possessions and keepsakes that are important to them.
Am I able to have a telephone in my bedroom?
Yes, all our rooms are equipped with a telephone point, which means all you need to do is arrange for a telephone line to be installed to your bedroom with BT which you will be responsible for.
What are the main things I need to bring with me when I come to stay?
Any current medication in their original boxes, your personal choice of toiletries, your clothes (labelled with your name) and any other personal possessions you wish to bring. These items is all you are required to bring with you. You are not required to bring bed linen or towels as we provide these, however if you do wish to bring your own, you are more than welcome to as long as they are clearly labelled with your name.
May I bring my own furniture and valuables?
Yes, we actively encourage you to furnish your room/s as you wish, subject to any safety requirements. We supply all large items of furniture such as wardrobes, beds and chest of drawers and are happy for you to bring your own favourite items. For safety, we recommend that valuables are looked after by your family, solicitor or bank. If you do bring them into the home, we advise you to inform us immediately so that photo documentation can be undertaken, and we encourage you to take out personal insurance as we are unable to take responsibility for items valued over £50. We encourage residents to keep money in a bank or building society account rather than in the home however, we do provide secure facilities for “pocket money”.
What about my laundry?
We have an on-site laundry room, and our staff will do your laundry for you. We ask you to label all your clothes clearly to ensure they are returned to you on a daily basis. We also suggest you do not bring delicate clothing or articles that need dry cleaning as we do not have the facilities to deal with these.
May I smoke?
Yes, but not inside any part of the care home itself or any of the private bedrooms, which are all designated as ‘non-smoking’ areas. In order to comply with the relevant fire and safety legislation, we ask that residents and visitors alike smoke only in the designated smoking area outside. Our staff will be happy to show you where this is located.
Can I bring my pet with me?
We are a pet-friendly home so clean and well behaved pets such as dogs are allowed to visit. They are not allowed to stay permanently though as this would have an impact on our staff’s time and on the hygiene of the home as well as others living within the care home.
Do you celebrate birthdays and anniversaries?
Of course! We love to celebrate happy occasions and so birthdays and other celebrations do not go unnoticed at Aveley Lodge. We are happy to work with residents and their family members to organise events or parties to celebrate in style.
Are there set visiting hours?
No, visitors are always welcome any time of day. We want all our residents to be able to see their family and friends at their convenience not ours but if you plan to visit or receive visitors after 9pm at night, we politely ask that you notify a member of staff so that we are aware. Aveley regularly host events which guests are welcome to attend as well. Of course, the comfort of all our residents is paramount and we ask visitors to respect that too.
Can I continue with hobbies and activities that I already enjoy when I move into Aveley Lodge?
Yes of course. We also have an Activities Co-ordinator whose main role is to organise daily activities within the home and local community. When you come to live with us, we will spend time getting to know how you would like us to help you continue your current lifestyle and to live the life you want.
What happens if I go into hospital?
We will keep your room for you and ensure all personal items are kept secure. Fees will be payable as per the accommodation contract.
Can we take our relative out for the day / weekend?
Absolutely. Although we have an excellent activity schedule, we’re always looking to get our residents out and about. We always actively encourage friends and relatives to get involved too, so if they’d like to make their own plans, we’d always welcome and support them.
Are residents’ rooms cleaned every day?
Yes, they are, as well as all communal areas within the home.
Can I leave the home if I decide it is not for me?
Yes however 4 weeks written notice is required after the initial four-week trial period.
How do I get a place at Aveley Lodge?
If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to visit the Home to see what we have to offer, to meet our care team and fellow residents and to view the room you are interested in. If you have already visited and would like to stay with us, then please call us on 01206 729304 option 1 to find out if a room is available. If we have no room available, we will ask you for some basic details to keep you on our waiting list. When a room becomes available, we will contact all interested parties on our waiting list and where interest is shown on a first come first served basis, a retainer fee is to be paid to hold the room for you. A detailed assessment will then need to be carried out on the individual/s wishing to stay with us prior to the main contract being signed to ensure Aveley Lodge’s suitability for both parties.