Harleston House, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Harleston House, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Harleston House, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Harleston House is owned and operated by Greensleeves Homes Trust, a ‘not for profit’ charitable organisation providing care and accommodation for older people.

The aim is to offer high quality care, in a safe and friendly environment, which respects residents’ rights, dignity and privacy, and provides the maximum opportunity to exercise personal autonomy and choice. Located in Lowestoft, Suffolk, Harleston House provides residential dementia care to older ladies and gentlemen. Full of historic character, the original house has been refurbished and extended to provide a specialist dementia care setting. On duty 24 hours a day, a dedicated multi-disciplined team, provide high quality care to meet individual resident’s requirements. As part of the home’s commitment to best practice, all staff receive ongoing training in all aspects of care.

All bedrooms are light and spacious with en-suite facilities. The bedrooms are stylishly furnished and residents are encouraged to bring in personal items such as pictures, ornaments and small items of furniture. Residents enjoy the many safe and secure internal and external spaces, each specially adapted to provide accessibility and stimulation. A regular programme of activities is organised with fun and engaging pursuits provided daily and frequent trips out to local places of interest.

The home's chefs recognise that residents have differing tastes and pleasures, and cater for each and every one as an individual. All food is freshly prepared to ensure dining is a real occasion, residents regularly update the menu with requests and ideas. A choice of delicious meals is always available with all special dietary requirements catered for.

Group: Greensleeves Homes Trust

Person in charge: Susan Graham (Home Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Suffolk County Council (click for contact details)

Type of Service: Care Home only (Residential Care) – Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned , 39 residents

Registered Care Categories*: Dementia • Old Age • Physical Disability

Specialist Care Categories: Alzheimer's

Admission Information: Ages 65+.

Single Rooms: 39

Rooms with ensuite WC: 39

Facilities & Services: Palliative Care • Day Care • Own GP if required • Own Furniture if required • Pets by arrangement • Smoking not permitted • Close to Local shops • Near Public Transport • Minibus or other transport • Lift • Wheelchair access • Gardens for residents • Residents Kitchenette • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room • Residents Internet Access

Latest CQC* Report on Harleston House: click here

* Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for the registration and inspection of social care services in England.

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Current Reviews

Review Score: 9.8 (9.760)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Harleston House is based on 18 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 9.760 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.837 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 4.923 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the number of positive Reviews/Recommendations.

  • The maximum Review Score for a care home / service is 10 and it is based on the published (including Restricted Publication) Reviews in the last 2 years. When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

    The Review Score of 9.760 for Harleston House is based on 18 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

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      The Quality Score (average rating) of 4.837 for Harleston House is calculated as follows: ( (180 Excellents x 5) + (35 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 215 Ratings = 4.837

    • Quantity Score: 5 Points are available for the number of 'Positive Reviews' for a care home / service. A Positive Review is defined as:

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        (For Adult Day Care Centres and Extra Care Housing which do not have a registered number of beds, 1) and 2) are replaced by the formula of 0.2 points per Review, up to a maximum score of 2 points. ie a listing needs 10 Reviews to receive the maximum score of 2 points

      The Quantity Score of 4.923 for Harleston House is calculated as follows:

      1. 18 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 18 Positive Reviews = 1.800 (maximum score = 1)

      3. (18 Positive Reviews ÷ 39 Registered Beds) x 2 = 0.923

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Absolutely superb care at all times. My father loved the home and he was not just cared for but felt safe and loved. I can not praise all the staff and managers enough. The last years of my fathers life was full of love and care. Thank you all.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Harleston House looked after my mother for four years up to April 2015 and during this time also cared for my father for a period of about six months in 2013. The staff provided an excellent standard of care to my parents and also considerable support to the family - not just on a personal level but also in dealings with agencies such as Social Services and various NHS departments.

What they gave me and other family members was a feeling of confidence that our parents were being looked after not just in a professional manner but also by staff who genuinely cared. This eases considerably any anxieties family may have especially as many lived in other parts of the country.

In visiting my parents over the four year period I found the high level of care to be reflected not just in those employed as carers but in all staff whether they be management, on reception, in the kitchens or cleaning.
I would recommend Harleston House to anyone in the Lowestoft area looking for a high quality care home.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My mum has been a resident at Harleston Care Home for over three years, she has dementia and has been looked after extremely well by all the staff, who's care, commitment and dedication to their job's help her challenging behaviour and needs. The staff are always friendly and helpful and really seem to enjoy being with all the residents. There is a very enthusiastic activities team, and the food is of a very good standard. The home is kept in excellent order and is very clean inside and out. I feel very fortunate to have found such an outstanding home for my mum.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Mum has been living in Harleston House since the end of September 2015. It has been the best decision ever for mum and all the family. It was hard at first for mum, but with the kindness and professionalism of all the staff, mum is safe, happy and well taken care of.
It's lovely to see her smile and take control of her life, even though it is confused and mind flitting, there is always someone there to guide her, to help her, to comfort her, and especially make her laugh.
The family are now at ease, the pressure is off and quality time is spent with mum.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

The staff really care about the individuals and make sure everything is okay. As soon as there is any issue with health the doctor is contacted straight away. The activities laid on and varied. The meals are excellent. I couldn't have placed my mum in a better place, it is comforting to know that she is safe and well cared for. The staff and manager do a terrific job and I would gladly recommend them.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Brilliant - the Manager of Harleston House does her position to the highest standards. Brilliant - the staff are dedicated and professional in every way and give me total respect.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have been going to this place for nearly five years. I trust all the staff as they are friendly to me and my wife and the other patients. I am slightly disabled myself and I am treated more or less as a patient.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Good

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

My mother feels that she is being genuinely cared for, rather than being 'in care'. All the staff, housekeeping, catering, personal care and management demonstrate a positive 'client focus' which enables my mother to maintain her individual personality and sense of independence regardless of her increasing physical frailty and cognitive decline.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Mum has now been a resident of Harleston House for over two years. She has good and bad days in herself, however the staff handle her very well. She is always well presented, clean and cheerful. The room is well maintained, bright and fresh. She enjoys the activities which are provided and gives them all a chance to participate in a memory jogging experience. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

A very good home. Friendly staff . Always clean and a lovely smell. Fresh flowers always. A lovely greeting and first impression when entering.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

When Dad needed to be cared for outside his home we were naturally concerned about the quality of care we would find. After visiting several homes, we found Harleston House, and three years on, we have not looked back. The staff are kind and caring, keep us up to date with anything concerning Dad's health and welfare. They are quick to respond to medical needs, and ensure he is comfortable. The home itself is clean, smells fresh and is bright, light and comfortable. The team constantly tries out new ideas to improve the lives of the residents and the visits from their families, for example the 'Olde Worlde' tea room. Since the arrival of the new activities team, we cannot speak highly enough of the entertainment and activities on offer to the residents. Hardly a day seems to go by without us seeing lovely photographs of the residents engaged in fun, be it watching local children dancing, joining in a singing competition, or dancing the night away at the Christmas Party.
Dad is provided with a wide variety of home cooked foods, which always look appetising, and adjustments made to his care are made as his individual needs develop. He seems very very settled and happy in his own way, and we couldn't be more satisfied. Thank you so much.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

When hearing a Christmas party had been arranged by a local hotel for the residents of Harleston House I wondered how successful it would be. However 36 residents were transported to the venue where they were entertained by a live band including singers, and fed a lovely buffet, their faces were a picture as even if they weren't able to join in the dancing, they enjoyed watching those that could. The carers were on constant watch to make sure everyone was happy. A minibus was there to return anybody who became tired before the time arranged to leave it was incredible I was really impressed.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Good

Activities: Excellent

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

My mother has dementia and Alzheimer's and when she entered home was in a very anxious, confused and stressed state. Harleston House staff understood her condition and settled her into the home within just days. The transformation in my mothers happiness and confidence was enormous and she is now content, happy, confident, chatty and feels valued and has a really good quality of life. The home organises many activities both in and outside the home, which keeps residents occupied, feeling valued and happy. It is the best home I could have wished my mum to be in.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

After having inspected several care homes in this area we were recommended to Harleston House. The brochure seemed quite impressive and upon inspection we were delighted with what we saw. The building was in excellent condition in pleasant surroundings and entry area welcoming yet secure. Interior was spacious and well equipped with comfortable furniture and bedrooms en suite and spotless. Above all we experienced very fresh and sweet air everywhere! The staff have always been helpful and caring in everyway. Daily menus are provided in the dining room for each table and the food is very good. Visitors are always welcomed and refreshments offered. Regular activities are organised for the patients. Top class!

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My mother became a resident at Harleston House in November 2007 due to her mobility and onset of dementia, her care was impeccable. She was treated with dignity and love right up until she passed away at the home in March 2013. My father became unable to remain in his home in March 2011 after a series of mini strokes and joined my mother at Harleston House where he still lives. I cannot thank the staff enough for the care and love they have both received while living there. The staff have become good friends and i can have peace of mind 24/7.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I would like to say how well I think Harleston House is run. The level of care and support to each resident is extremely good. It is heart warming to see such respect given to the residents. I would not hesitate in recommending Harleston House to anyone who is looking for a good care package.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My mother has mental illness but sometimes she returns to us. The care she receives from all at Harleston House is always of the highest standard. Staff are caring, loving and extremely professional. No matter what problem arises the staff and manager deals with it in a non evasive manner to mum or myself. Always notifying me if a doctor is needed or telling me any problems which have occurred. The home is kept in a very clean and pleasant state. Never smelling which i hate! Residents kept clean and well looked after. Their meals are well thought out and always plenty of change in menus. A wonderful place to live if a residential home is needed. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My mother is very well looked after and kept very clean and smart as is her room. Al the carers seem to have an affection for her and all her needs seem to be met and for a 104 year old lady this is great. My greatest complement I can make is that the home does not smell like an old peoples home.

How likely would you be to recommend Harleston House? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Susan Graham

Job Title: Manager

Description:

Hello, I’m Susan Graham I am the manager of Harleston House. I pride myself on leading a care team providing a very high quality of care for residents. My team and I encourage residents to maintain the lifestyles they are used to whilst maintaining a safe environment for them to live. My personal philosophy here is 'I don’t come here to work, I come and live around the residents offering them companionship, support and encouragement in all aspects of their lives.'
I involve residents as much as they wish in making decisions in all areas of their home. My passion, drive and commitment to Harleston is well supported by all my team, residents and relatives involved with Harleston House. My door is always open and myself, deputy and team always have time to listen

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