Aldringham Court

Aldeburgh Road, Aldringham, Leiston IP16 4QF

Aldringham Court, Leiston, Suffolk
Aldringham Court, Leiston, Suffolk
Aldringham Court, Leiston, Suffolk

Aldringham Court is located in a beautiful setting near Aldeburgh, home of Benjamin Britten and the famous Aldeburgh Music Festival. The home is only two miles from the wonderful Suffolk Heritage Coast where residents regularly go for outings.
Although ideal for residents wishing a quiet, peaceful location, the Home also encourages participation with the local community and organises an annual Summer Fete and Christmas Sherry Party.

The unique ‘art nouveau’ building is situated in three acres of well maintained gardens and woodland. The grounds are full of wildlife with doves, pheasants and even muntjacs.

Aldringham Court offers spacious accommodation that includes a beautiful conservatory that overlooks the woodland setting, a dining room and a quiet reading room. The luxury bedrooms, many of which are en-suite and have garden views with a terrace, have the added security of a nursecall system. All rooms are fully furnished however, residents may bring as little or as much of their furniture as they wish.

Residents are regularly assessed to ensure their needs are met. Visits are made to the home by an optician, dentist, hairdresser, chiropodist, physiotherapist and an aromatherapist as well as the local clergy. Catering staff provide snacks throughout the day and delicious meals for residents and their guests. Special diets can of course be catered for

Care staff at Aldringhamm Court are trained to the highest standards and chosen not only for their skills, but also for their friendliness, warmth and caring attitude. Staff are available around the clock to provide professional care that respects the rights and dignity of the individual.

Group: Healthcare Homes Group Ltd

Person in charge: Fiona Smith (Home Manager)

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

Type of Service: Care Home with nursing – Privately Owned , 45 residents

Registered Care Categories*: Old Age

Admission Information: Ages 65+.

Single Rooms: 37

Shared Rooms: 4

Rooms with ensuite WC: 27

Weekly Charges Guide: Nursing Care Single £700 – £1000 , Nursing Care Shared (per person) £500 – £800

Facilities & Services: Palliative Care • Respite Care • Convalescent 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 • Ground Floor Accommodation only • Gardens for residents • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room

Latest CQC* Report on Aldringham Court: 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: 8.8 (8.835)

The Review Score of 8.8 (maximum of 10) for Aldringham Court is based on 13 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 8.835 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.257 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 4.578 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 8.835 for Aldringham Court is based on 13 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

  • The Review Score (maximum of 10) is made up of a Quality Score (maximum of 5) and Quantity Score (maximum of 5):

    • Quality Score: 5 Points are available for the average rating. For each review the care home / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The care home / service receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating. (Please note that the ratings of Very Poor and Poor have only been available since the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015.)

      The Quality Score (average rating) of 4.257 for Aldringham Court is calculated as follows: ( (57 Excellents x 5) + (77 Goods x 4) + (18 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 152 Ratings = 4.257

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

      • Any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this care provider to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

      • Any Recommendation. Before the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015 all feedback was limited to Recommendations (ie positive comments only)

      The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

      1. 3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.

      2. 0.1 Point per Positive Review, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. (ie a care home / service requires 10 Positive Reviews to receive the maximum score of 1 point.)

      3. (Number of Positive Reviews ÷ number of registered beds) x 2, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. ie a care home / service has to receive a number of Positive Reviews equal to half of the number of registered beds to obtain the maximum score of 1 point. eg a care home / service with 40 registered beds has to receive 20 Positive Reviews to obtain the maximum score of 1 point.

        (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 4.578 for Aldringham Court is calculated as follows:

      1. 13 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 13 Positive Reviews = 1.300 (maximum score = 1)

      3. (13 Positive Reviews ÷ 45 Registered Beds) x 2 = 0.578

  • The Review Score is based on user Recommendations/Reviews submitted in the last 2 years. The maximum Review Score is 10. There are 5 Points available for the average of all ratings on users Recommendations/Reviews (Excellent 5, Good 4, Satisfactory 3, Poor 2, Very Poor 1). There are 5 Points available for the total number of positive Recommendations/Reviews submitted in relation to the number of beds at the Care Home.

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I have been caring for my friend for over six years with many changes, re management, staffing and the home being extended. My friend loves her room and is content to enjoy her own company despite many opportunities to associate with residents and staff. I had considered moving her to a different home at one stage, but can honestly say I am glad I didn't. This was due to the very kind help and understanding received from management at that time, who met all the needs that was very unhappy about at that point. Having had so many managers almost seven years (of all characters), I am so pleased with our current manager, from day one I really feel included, from my observations, the home is again the friendly caring and happy home it used to be. The carers are brilliant.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Satisfactory

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I was assisted by staff to complete this review. My wife and I have lived here for a year and a half, we found it difficult to adjust at first but now we view the care staff as extended family. We are comfortable and happy living at Aldringham Court. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Residents appear to be well cared for, in my cousins case she always smiles broadly and when staff appear. She is unable to communicate but seems very comfortable and happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? 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

It's nice to be with lovely scenery.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? 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

It's not like home but it's lovely.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Lovely staff, good management. They try very hard to get it right. My mother, then aged 92 and dying, 18 months on and almost 94 has learned to walk with a frame and is able to enjoy some quality of life again!

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

I have been very happy with the care my mother has received. She did not wish to move into a care home but the memory clinic in Kent insisted.
She settled in much quicker than expected, and as she can be quite difficult I admire the way the staff are gentle and persuade her to do things - like baths etc.
The staff have got used to her and always treat her with respect. I am very grateful for the fact that she is very safe and cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Satisfactory

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I've given all relevant information and opinions by ticking the boxes;

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Satisfactory

Care / Support: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I've given all information and opinions by ticking the boxes;

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

I've stated my information by ticking the boxes;

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Treated with Dignity: Satisfactory

Food & Drink: Satisfactory

Staff: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

As a family, we were very concerned with how our very independent 92 years young, frail and forgetful Mum would settle at Aldringham Court.Mum has been there six months, and we have nothing but praise for the kind, patient and caring Staff, who have looked after her. Also the equally kind and approachable new Manager.They have made this transition, for our Mum. as painless as possible, treating her with dignity and respect. Any questions we have, about Mum's health and wellbeing, are answered courteously.
The Home is clean, bright and welcoming.Dining areas are also laid out attractively and Mum eats well.
It is comforting for Mum that she can have her own belongings round her, in her room, and enjoy some quiet time if she needs it. Also that she can socialise when she feels able, in the lounge.
Visitors are welcome any time, and this has helped us manage a visit from famliy members most days, even though some live a distance away.
Our peace of mind is beyond price.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

Dad made Aldringham Court his home a few months ago and settled in very quickly with the help of all the staff. The carers are compassionate, the nurses experienced and professional and the kitchen staff have helped dad enjoy his puréed food again with a colourful and varied diet. The Manager and her team make Aldringham Court a family friendly environment in which to visit their loved ones. Everyone plays their important part, from the welcome at reception, entertainment provided for the residents to helping set up dads room, moving furniture, installing the TV and looking after the beautiful grounds outside.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

My mum has been here for over 2 years now and is very happy and content. All staff are very friendly, kind and caring. We can visit at any time and when we do the staff are all very welcoming. The facilities are good, mum has a lovely warm room with ensuite toilet and washbasin and this is kept spotlessly clean. On the whole mum enjoys her food and the chef makes delicious cakes! Several activities are organised for the residents to join in and entertainment is regularly organised which the residents enjoy, including a Summer fete and Christmas party.

How likely would you be to recommend Aldringham Court? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

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