At home with Cedar Court Care Home
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 June 2016
Near the pretty village of Cranleigh, you'll find Cedar Court Care Home and it's beautiful gardens, which were recently redesigned by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner. Here, manager Nyms Sitholetells us more…
Tell us a bit about the kind of building you are based in?
Cedar Court is a purpose built care home designed to accommodate and facilitate the care of elderly people. A stunning extension was added to the Home just a couple of years ago and features 16 new luxury suites, a bistro, salon, library and lounge all furnished by our professional team to an exceptionally high standard, providing elegance and comfort. Cedar Court combines a Home from Home atmosphere with exceptional facilities.
And how about the wider setting?
Ideally situated on the fringes of Cranleigh, one of Surrey’s prettiest villages, Cedar Court benefits from plenty of space and tranquillity. The gardens were recently redesigned by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner and offer the perfect sanctuary for daily walks, dining al fresco and relaxing.
What kind of activities do you have on offer there?
The Cedar Court activities team are former winners of the prestigious Surrey Care Association - Community Links Award. There is no limit to what the activities the team offer from numerous in-house shows to day trips for those comfortable to travel to places of interest near and far in the Homes’ dedicated mini bus. Only last week the team performed the annual Fashion Show at the Home where characters from British literature were characterised, in full costume, by members of staff and the friends of the Home. Furthermore, a resident of the Home, recently celebrated her 100th birthday with an escorted trip to Liberty London where she worked in the 1930’s. The teams is always looking for new experiences for the residents to enjoy.
Do you ever have any visiting speakers at all?
There is a constant flow of visitors to the Home whether they be for entertainment or education. Pet as Therapy is very popular at the Home. Frequently, PAT representative Claire and Kaiser her dog visit and always bring a smile to faces of the residents. Very soon, duckling eggs will arrive at the Home, supplied by Incredible Eggs, ready to hatch within days of settling at Cedar Court. For education, the Home often hosts guests speakers, to present on various subjects including recently, Suzanne Mumford from Care Prepared who presented an evening, open to all the community, on providing meaningful activities for elderly people with dementia.
How about the style side of things?
Luxuries are also available at Cedar Court. The Home has it’s own beautiful salon, the “Cedar Sanctuary” where professional treatments such as hairdressing and manicures are available throughout the week provided by the bubbly Melanie.
How much do you involve friends and family in life at your care home?
Friends and family are integral to the success of Cedar Court. Friends, family and a host of volunteers are regularly involved with events and day trips. They are part of the extended family and are always welcomed with extended arms. One of Cedar Court’s most popular faces is Allan, whose Mother in law was a resident at Cedar Court. He recently performed at a recent performance at the Home as The Hunchback of Notre Dame in full regalia!
What sort of things do you have on your menu?
The dining experience at Cedar Court is a very important one. Residents are consulted as to what they like and dislike and from there the Chef crafts dishes to suit a wide range of interest and tastes. The complete menu is cooked within the Homes’ state of the art kitchen and produce is sourced locally where possible. Occasionally, international theme evenings will be organised where residents can sample cuisine from around the world.
Which would you say is the most popular dish (and why)?
By far the most popular dish at Cedar Court is the homemade apple pie and custard which always has the residents requesting seconds.
How about the little luxuries… ?
Little luxuries are important for the residents. Wine is always served with lunch and dinner and free WiFi is available for residents and visitors.
Finally, what is it that makes you stand out from the rest?
Cedar Court’s primary attraction is the quality of the care provided. The dedicated team of staff offer a caring hand and support to those who no longer wish to live independently or for health reasons need extra help. The cornerstone of Cedar Court is undoubtedly the team that goes that extra mile every day for every resident.
Cedar Court is a residential, nursing and dementia care home (also catering for convalescence and respite care) owned by Acer Healthcare at Essex Drive, off Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh GU6 8TX. For more information, call 01483 275191 or see the website at cedarcourtcarehome.co.uk.