What’s life at Allenbrook like?
Transitioning into a care home can be a frightening experience. After all, it’s an entirely new environment, filled with unfamiliar faces, changed routines, and a different way of living.
Thankfully, we understand the stress and confusion that can come with moving - that’s why we strive to create a warm, welcoming environment that truly feels like home. We aim to foster a close-knit community among our residents while providing the personalised care and assistance they need to maintain their independence.
Below, we've listed some of the ways we make life rewarding for our residents, from the rooms they’ll be staying in, to the activities they can choose to join.
It takes a while to get used to a new room, especially if you’ve resided in your last one for a long time. To make the transition easier, we encourage new residents to give their room a personal touch by bringing belongings from home. Our residents have the chance to really make their room their own, whether they’d like to hang some family photos, decorate it with their chosen artwork, or even bring a favourite armchair.
We have a wide range of room types and sizes available, many with en-suite facilities and views over the grounds. Some of our rooms even have period features and original fireplaces.
Fun activities and days out
We believe that nurturing the mind, body, and soul is key to achieving a fulfilling and happy life. By providing a varied range of activities for our residents to take part in, we encourage them to make friends, learn new skills, and keep active.
Our in-house activities team organises daily group sessions and events. These include:
- Armchair exercises
- Arts and crafts
- Cinema nights
- Music sessions
Residents can pick and choose whichever activities fit their interests - some are tailored towards improving strength, flexibility, and balance, while others are about having fun and getting out and about. Aside from our daily activities, we also have a talented line up of professional entertainers who visit regularly.
Residents can stay connected with their loved ones through our complimentary wi-fi, which enables them check their emails, catch up with friends on social media, or have a virtual face-to-face chat via Skype.
Located right on the edge of the New Forest National Park, Allenbrook is a beautiful, converted early 19th century country house in the bustling town of Fordingbridge.
Our extensive grounds provide a rural outlook and offer a haven to local wildlife, including deer, foxes and a wide range of bird life. Secure and wheelchair accessible, they offer a beautiful backdrop for meeting with family or enjoying al fresco refreshments.
During the summertime, our terrace comes alive with vibrant hanging baskets and blooming flower tubs - the ideal setting for our much-loved summer barbecues and social events!
Inside the home
Our indoor facilities provide a warm, homely feel. In addition to our popular residents’ sitting room, we have an attractive conservatory, and a beautiful wood-panelled dining room, which makes the perfect setting for social events and celebrations.
One of the best things about living at Allenbrook is the food. With our in-house chefs preparing a varied menu to meet all tastes and dietary requirements, residents no longer have to worry about shopping, cooking, or washing up - it's all taken care of! Our menus are designed to be both delicious and nutritious, with seasonal variations to keep things fresh. As an example, residents might enjoy a full English breakfast, a warming lunch of chicken casserole followed by blackcurrant cheesecake, and a selection of sandwiches and cold desserts for supper.
Our highly trained care team is committed to providing the highest standard of care and support to our residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We get to know each resident closely, tailoring our approach to best meet their needs, preferences, and interests. Whether we’re assisting with medical treatment or having a friendly chat, we're committed to helping our residents maintain their independence and live life to the fullest.
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Allenbrook has been Fordingbridge’s leading provider of nursing and residential care for over thirty years.
Our Registered Nurses and experienced carers are supported by a range of other staff, including administration, housekeeping, activities and maintenance, all of whom play their part in the smooth running of the home. This commitment to delivering top-quality care has been recognised by the Quality Care Commission, who rated us as "Outstanding" in the responsive category in our latest inspection, and "Good" in all other areas. Read through our testimonials to hear why our residents’ family members think the same!