At Kirkley Manor nursing care home in Lowestoft, we provide the following key services:
- Nursing care
- Dementia care
- Residential care
- Respite & short stay care
- End of life care
- Continuing health care
You can find out more about these services and the unique way in which we deliver care at all our Kingsley homes by visiting the following pages:
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Do not worry if you cannot find what you are looking for; you can contact the home by telephone or email. We will be more than happy to help you with any question that you may have regarding care for the elderly.
If you’re looking for a home that provides excellent care, support and comfort, with a busy activities schedule in which you’re free to choose whether to participate, then Kirkley Manor is ideal.
Life at Kirkley is centred on our residents. Our highly trained staff members along with our dedicated management team and specialist nurses are committed to providing individual person centred care at all times. Every resident is supported according to his or her physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and a tailored care programme is created for each. We have close links with the local GP practices and NHS Teams and we are proud of our award-winning way in which we support residents with a dementia.
A diagnosis of dementia brings with it a very difficult and confusing time for the individual and their loved ones, and it is only natural to feel anxious about moving somewhere new. At Kirkley Manor we ensure that the transition into our care is carefully assessed and managed in order to minimise upset to all concerned.
Residents who are experiencing memory loss benefit from our enlightened approach to dementia care, which stimulates, supports and comforts in a safe and homely environment. We are committed to providing the best possible outcomes for these residents, and we achieve this through our ‘Wings’ (Welcome, Individuality, Nurturing, Guidance, Sensitivity) philosophy of care. This award-winning approach is nationally recognized and our bespoke learning programme is designed to ensure that the person with a dementia is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s a friendly face, a warm smile or taking time to listen, making a positive difference to someone’s day is what makes our world go round.
As with all Kingsley homes, there are regular visits from hairdressers, chiropodists and holistic therapists. There is also an active entertainment programme for those who wish to participate, which includes a film club, yoga sessions, music afternoons, craft, trips out and visiting professional entertainers. These activities are offered on a one to one or a group basis.
We place great importance on the lives our residents have led before coming to us. We spend time with them and family members to find out about their tastes, history, hobbies and interests. We see family and friends as our partners in caring for the individual and we welcome feedback and suggestions at all times. The information shared helps us to create individual care plans that are crucial in providing the best care and help us get to know the individual. Residents are helped to achieve their aims by taking part in meetings, surveys and one-to-ones.
The home is continually committed to specialist training, which enables staff to help individuals express their needs and maintain a high level of independence, self-worth and well-being.
We welcome and encourage our residents to make their rooms as homely and personalised as possible. By furnishing the room with their own belongings they create a space in which they can feel safe and happy. Paintings, a favourite ornament and plenty of family photographs can all be of comfort and will help if a resident feels unsettled.
We encourage all our residents to live as healthily as possible, to help them have long and pleasant lives. We encourage appropriate exercise, keeping minds active and eating nutritious food, and our healthy, balanced meals are made from scratch using only the best, locally sourced ingredients. We understand that people’s tastes and habits are different, and we ensure that the varied menu includes a selection of nutritious delights and individuals’ favourites.
Each Kingsley care home is unique but all have a set of highly respected and award-winning features embedded within the culture. Our daily emphasis is on the care that our residents need, whether that is physical, emotional or spiritual.
“Thank you for your kindness and loving care given to our mum. Life has been hard for her but during her stay with you, no longer is she lonely.” Kingsley resident’s relative.
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Big or small, whatever your concern may be, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time regarding any care matter. We will be happy to help you find the right care and the necessary support that you may require.
Kirkley Manor offers exceptional residential and nursing care, specialised dementia care and end of life care. Respite care is also offered subject to availability. Because of the specialised care we offer and the ideal location that makes the home so pleasurable to live in and visit, it serves a wide area of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Very close to the A12, the home has convenient road links to Lowestoft itself, Great Yarmouth and Norwich, and is just a short walk from Lowestoft’s golden beaches and promenade.
The home is grand on the outside, and high-quality yet homely on the inside. It has plenty of light, comfortable communal areas and everything residents need to feel happy and content.
Installed in the building are hoists, accessible bathing facilities, lifts, call bells and door alarms. All pressure care equipment is provided, including pressure mats and specialised mattresses.
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To obtain information about current availability, a person centred assessment or to simply arrange a visit, please do not hesitate to contact the home. We actively encourage those who are considering living at Kirkley to visit and spend some time here to gain an accurate perception of the care we offer. You are invited to come for lunch or just for a look around. Staff members are around at all times of the day and they will be happy to give you a guided tour and answer your questions. If you would like a discussion with the manager, then a convenient appointment can be made.
The care team at Kirkley are specifically selected to meet the criteria of a person centred worker, and undergo a continuous programme of training, on both practical and theoretical levels. Most of our training is facilitated by our own training arm, Kingsley Academy.
We pride ourselves on employing individuals who can demonstrate:
- Nurturing – Being able to provide comfort, security and a sense of belonging
- Togetherness – Being a friend to individuals on an equal basis, eliminating feelings of alienation and loneliness
- Spontaneity – Being able to create opportunities that will engage individuals in a meaningful way
- Feeling – Being able to be emotionally warm, offering closeness to each individual
There is a wonderful team at Kirkley Manor. Not only do they go to great lengths in supporting one another on a daily basis, there is also great emphasise placed on providing good care and effective communication at the heart of everything they do.
We celebrate all the usual annual festivities, national holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and unique special occasions and encourage all residents and their families to participate if they wish. We also have an ongoing programme of entertainment, such as an Elvis impersonator and other singers coming regularly, garden parties throughout the year and someone coming in to give hand and foot massages, which the residents love. We also organise trips out to local areas for those able to join us.
Staff at Kirkley Manor in Kirkley Park Road will be donning outfits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s for a vintage fashion show.
Some of the period clothes, including old Army uniforms, are being lent by the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield.
There will also be vintage entertainment, stalls selling vintage items, refreshments and a display of vintage vehicles, including scooters from the era of the Mods.
The Mayor of Lowestoft will be conducting a charity auction at 1pm with local businesses donating a variety of items.
Kirkley’s activities coordinator Carole Cook said: “People will have the chance to bid for everything from riding lessons and the use of a beach hut for a week to garden furniture, food hampers and meals out.
“Companies have been very generous so far but we would love to see more items donated as it is such a good cause.”
Proceeds from the event will be split between the residents’ fund – it is hoped to buy a karaoke machine - and Lowestoft Riding for the Disabled run by Tessa Hardy at Pakefield Riding School.
“Tessa will be bringing one of her horses along to our event,” said Carole.
She said the idea for the vintage theme came from Kirkley’s residents, many of whom are living with dementia.
“Old uniforms might trigger a memory for them. They might remind them of their husband,” she said.
“Vintage fashion is also very popular with younger people so hopefully our event will be popular with the local community.”
She is still keen to hear from other owners of vintage cars and motorbikes to increase the size of the display.
Contact Carole at the home on 01502-573054.