Edendale is situated in the seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea, near Hastings, in the heart of East Sussex. Located on an attractive residential road, just minutes from the town centre and beach, Edendale provides a home to elderly members of our community who are no longer able to live independently or just require some companionship.
As specialists within Dementia, our team of professionals are highly experienced in providing dementia care and 24 hour support to those suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, confusion and other similar conditions. We pride ourselves on providing a warm and loving home for our residents and an environment which is stimulating yet peaceful and dignified.
Edendale is a registered member of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the principal regulatory body for the care industry. We welcome male and female residents of 55 years and over and place no restrictions on religious practices or pets, provided they do not disturb others. We provide long term care and short term respite care to not only residents originating from the local area, but also those from London, Kent (Tunbridge Wells) and all other regions of the UK who are prepared to live with us in East Sussex. Prior to new residents joining us, we carry out a full assessment of their needs, preferences, medical condition and personality. On arrival, our staff make every effort to settle a new-comer into the home, a process which can be disorientating for an elderly individual unless handled with genuine care and concern.
We recognise that moving to a residential home can be as big a transition for a family as it is for a resident. We aim to provide on-going support to you and your loved one, not only through the initial move but for years to come.
The team at Edendale consists of approximately 30 members of staff who see to residents’ needs 24 hours a day, all year round. Care extends to personal and physical needs including regular toileting, bathing, dressing and grooming, whilst at the same time discretely relieving the discomfort and embarrassment of incontinence and maintaining respect and dignity.
Nursing requirements, fulfilled by the District Nurse, are happily accommodated and we liaise with residents’ GPs and doctors on a regular basis so as to ensure that individuals are in optimum health.
Mobile hairdressers, chiropodists, opticians and dentists also visit our home regularly to provide their expertise, and we have handymen and gardeners who work throughout the week to maintain Edendale’s good upkeep and pleasant gardens.
Edendale consists of two large, adjacent, Victorian houses set in pleasant gardens, with ample parking and easy access. We provide facilities to make life comfortable and safe for our residents.
There are four lounges and three dining areas, each with colour televisions and views onto the gardens. Most bedrooms are single occupancy and double rooms are available to those who prefer not to be alone. All rooms have wash basins and call buttons so that a carer is never far from reach. Bathrooms and toilets are located on all floors and ‘medi-bath’ facilities are available to assist residents with difficulties getting in and out of the bath. One house is also equipped with a chairlift to assist less mobile residents.
For the enjoyment of our residents, each house has televisions and music players in the living and dining rooms. Board games, books and talking books for the blind are provided and residents may also participate in weekly craft sessions. Accompanied walks in the gardens are frequently arranged, as are visits to shops, cafes, the library, church and local fetes. Outings to the White Rock and De La Warr theatres also take place regularly, not forgetting the annual afternoon of tea and cakes at Buckhurst Park stately home.
A pianist and singer visits Edendale twice weekly when residents may appreciate the music, request favourites and dance along. Weekly exercise and stretch sessions are also held in each house for those who wish to participate and although residents are free to pass their time as they wish, every encouragement is made for them to use the communal living areas, thereby avoiding isolation.
Edendale’s residents are visited fortnightly by ‘Motivate’, an organization of professional therapists. These therapists specialize in delivering activity sessions aimed at stimulating the minds and bodies of the elderly and mentally ill.
Finally, every effort is made to make Christmas a pleasant time for our residents. A ‘Christmas Carols’ evening is held, during which punch and snacks are served and, in the week before Christmas, staff and residents celebrate with a pre-Christmas pub lunch. Birthdays, Easter and New Year are also celebrated as appropriate.
Home cooking is provided by our experienced cooks and meals are adapted to the requirements of individuals when necessary. The fully equipped laundry room operates 24 hours a day. Residents clothes are cleaned, ironed and returned to their wardrobes on their behalf.