Fornham House Residential Home

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Fornham St Martin
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 1SR


Profile Strength
Very Good 88%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Dementia | Respite | Residential
Availability Call for details
Weekly Prices From £1,075.00
Regulator's Rating Good
Meet The Manager

Desiree Jooste is Home Manager at Fornham House Residential Home.

Desiree Jooste

Fornham House is a care home in Bury St. Edmunds that offers a choice of amenities for tasteful living. Several lounges, including the Constable Lounge, are where many social activities take place and are complemented by patio and garden areas for summer outdoor relaxation. Generous single rooms, all with en-suite facilities, are tastefully decorated and provide our residents with the necessary facilities for a quality life in later years. Although all rooms are fully furnished, we encourage residents to bring with them items of furniture and personal possessions so that their room can be a true ‘home from home’.

Fornham House is situated in the picturesque village of Fornham St Martin, just a couple of miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds. Set in extensive grounds with views over the surrounding countryside, our residents can relax in seating areas surrounded by colourful flower beds and mature trees. The village fete is held on alternate years at the home ensuring our links are maintained with the local community.
Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Convalescence, End of Life, High Dependency, Independent Living, Learning Disability (ALD), Mental Healthcare, Palliative, Personal care, Reablement, Rehabilitation, Support for Couples.
Disability Support Bed Bound, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Requires Hoist , Speech Impairment, Visual Impairment, Walking Frame, Wheel Chair Bound.
Medication By Mouth.
Nursing Specialisms Aids, Cancer, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Crohn's Disease, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Huntington Disease, Korsakoff, Liver Disease, Lung Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Prader Willi Syndrome, Stroke, Ulcerative Colitis.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia, Severe Dementia.
Dementia Behaviour Challenging Behaviour, Wandering .
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's, Frontotemporal, Lewy Body, Mixed Dementias, Picks Disease, Vascular Dementia.
Respite Care Yes

Autumna has invited care providers to evidence the infection control measures they are carrying out, above and beyond those laid out by the government, in order to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

Infection Control Initiatives in place
safe-tick Contact Tracing We have measures in place to identify and trace contact between people in our care setting.
safe-tick Independent Assessments We have been independently assessed in our approach to infection control.
safe-tick Infection Control Training Our staff are trained to use measures which prevent and control infections.
safe-tick Infection Screening We are using technology to screen for infections & monitor symptoms.
safe-tick Regulatory Assessment We have been assessed by the care regulator in our approach to infection control.
safe-tick Sterilisation & Disinfection Devices We are using sterilisation and/or disinfection devices within our care setting.
safe-tick Virus Testing We are testing for viral infection when symptoms present within our care setting.
Safe Visiting Space
safe-tick We have a safe visiting space

The temporary garden cabin-style structure is equipped with two entrance points, a Perspex screen to separate visitors from residents and an intercom to make communicating easy. The room is also equipped with heating, insulation, fire safety measures and nurse call buttons. To book a visit in the pod, please contact the home manager.

Fornham House Residential Home safe visiting space
Connectivity for resident testing, monitoring & communications

Infection control and the safety of both residents and staff often requires quarantine measures and the isolation of care home residents. To test, monitor and allow residents to communicate with relatives, the prevalence of room-level connectivity within the home is becoming increasingly relevant.

Wireless Internet access (WiFi)

Our care home has WiFi in some of our residents’ rooms.

Mobile Phone Network Coverage (mobile “signal”)

Our care home has mobile phone signal in some of our residents’ rooms.

Telephone for external calling

No, our care home does not provide a telephone in residents’ rooms.

More details coming soon

Minimum Age

Admission Category Support For
Profession Masons, Retired Actors, Retired Advertising Executives, Retired Civil Service, Retired Clergy, Retired Entertainers, Retired Medical, Retired Military, Retired Musicians, Retired Police, Retired Professionals, Retired Teachers.
Religion Anglican / C of E, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Charismatics, Hindu, Islam, Judaism, Methodist, Orthodox Christian, Other, Presbyterian, Quakers.
LGBTQ Welcome Yes
Our Building and Facilities
  • 73 bedrooms
  • Popular residential home, offering high quality care and support
  • In-house hairdressing salon offering usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Caters for special dietary requirements
  • Beautiful extensive gardens
  • Large day rooms
  • Well located to enjoy amenities in Bury St Edmunds

Is Our Home Purpose Built

The Year Our Home Was Built
1 Jan 1900

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Activities Room, Coffee Shop / Café, Dining Rooms, Library, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Assisted Bathroom, Beauty Salon, Chiropodist, Coffee Shop, Dentist, GP, Hairdressers, Library, Lift, Minibus, Optician, Overnight Guest Stay, Physiotherapy, Smoking Area.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Private Garden(s), Scenic Views, Seating, Secure Garden, Sensory Garden, Summer House, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Individual Heating Controls.

Fornham-House brochure.pdf

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All bedrooms are well equipped and we happily support residents if they wish to include their own treasured furnishings, such as a favourite table, pictures, a chair and ornaments. Each room also has phone and television points.

Even WiFi is available to those wishing to access the Internet in communal areas.

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 88
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 78

Type Of Room
Separate Sitting Room, Single Room.

Room Features
Balcony, Furnished, Garden View, Step Free Access.

Room Facilities
Alarm, Catch up TV, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Safe, Secure Access, Sky/Cable TV, Tea and Coffee-making Facilities, Telephone Point.

Our Photos

We recognise that every person is different, so we create tailored care plans for each and every resident.

We work closely to identify the best care to suit your needs and the most appropriate setting in which this should be delivered.

We involve families and friends in the creation of each plan using the ‘care passports’ and life history records, so that each person receives the most beneficial care and support, taking into account their health and wellbeing, aspirations, wants, likes and dislikes.

We believe that our dedication to delivering the most individualised, personal care to all our residents is what makes us stand out, and ensures our residents enjoy living their lives to their fullest potential.

Our Team
Daniel Phillips
Daniel Phillips
Head Chef

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes? My first job was here at Fornham House

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why? Cooking to a high quality standard and receiving positive feedback

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date? Acting as Deputy Manager for over a year

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Holding successful functions and events involving residents and families

Clare Pethick
Clare Pethick
Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes? Healthcare Homes has a good reputation

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes? Prior to Healthcare Homes, I worked in as a Hotel Services Manager for a company overseeing laundry, kitchen and maintenance

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why? I love my job. I like my morning walk round the home talking to staff and residents

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date? Running Fornham House for two months whilst no manager or administrator in place

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Making it through the above made me realise what I am able to achieve

Sarah Eagle
Sarah Eagle

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes? I had not worked in a care home for 3 years and had really missed it. As soon as I heard of the position, I jumped at the chance

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes? Contractor administrator for a maintenance company

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role? Empathy, compassion, dedication and patience

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why? All of it, no day is the same

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date? Being the sole administrator for the home and managing two staff members

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Applying to become a Special on a voluntary basis with the Police force

Amanda Rose
Amanda Rose
Activities Coordinator

Relevant education/training: I attended all the relevant training at all homes regarding Activities dementia friend, dementia pathway.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes: May 2019.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home? I love Fornham House and know a lot of the staff.

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes? Activities Coordinator.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why? My working day never really stops until I go to sleep as I love my job, it really is my life.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date? peoples stubbornness for change 

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Making someones day! I did once get employee of the month.

Desiree Jooste
Desiree Jooste
Home Manager

Graham Warner
Graham Warner
Head of Maintenance

Relevant education/training: Health and Safety Diploma. Plumbing NVQ and Anglian Water registered.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes: February, 2019.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home? Seemed a friendly bunch to work with

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes? Health and Safety. Before working at Healthcare Homes I was training for an Audiology degree.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why? Would normally say home time to enjoy a beer, but in this case I like to finish all my jobs of the day before leaving.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge? Sitting for my Health and Safety Diploma Level 5 

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? passing a diploma and NVQ and becoming a manager.

Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £1,075.00
Residential Dementia Fees From / Price Per Week £1,075.00
Respite Fees From / Price Per Week £1,200.00

Funding Types
Local Authority Suffolk
Region East
We Accept Local Authority Funding Yes
We Accept NHS Continuing Healthcare Yes
We Accept Third Party Top-Ups Yes

The Importance Of Meal Times

Nutrition is an essential part of the care package we provide to our residents; not only from a general health and wellbeing perspective, but ultimately we want residents to enjoy eating what they want, when they want.

Our chefs and nutritional leads fully assess all dietary needs, including likes and dislikes, allergies. special diets, through to preferred portion sizes and meal times. This is recorded and regularly monitored so the chefs are fully aware of everyone’s personal preferences.

All homes display a daily food menu, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mid-morning, afternoon and evening snacks and drinks are also served, however sandwiches, biscuits and other refreshments are available at any time of the day.

Our catering teams pride themselves on producing food of the highest quality, with many homes using local suppliers and all homes creating fresh, homemade dishes each and every day.

We Serve Food At
Afternoon Tea, All day snacks, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

Dietary Options
Diabetic, Pureed, Vegan, Vegetarian.

Our Photos

Fornham Monday 1.docx Fornham Sunday 1.docx Fornham Wednesday 1.docx
Activities Are So Important

Activities and entertainment are a core part of quality care.

We pride ourselves on offering a diverse, enriching range of activities and entertainment at each of our homes. At each home, a dedicated activities coordinator is responsible for researching and facilitating enjoyable activities for residents every day.

A weekly timetable of activities is in place at each home, supplemented by additional opportunities. We take on board feedback and requests for new activities or outings, so that residents are able to continue to enjoy the hobbies and pastimes they have participated in over the years.

Regular activities include:

Craft sessions
Musical entertainment from local entertainers
Exercise and dance classes
Beauty treatments
Quiz sessions
Film clubs
Gardening and birdwatching
Specialist activities include:

Visits from ‘Pets as Therapy’ dogs
Intergenerational projects with local toddler groups
Fishing expeditions
Visits to local attractions
Public events and fetes

At Fornham House we have:

  • Coffee mornings
  • Library service
  • One to one visits
  • Quiz (multiple choice)
  • Pre lunch drinks
  • Hairdresser & pamper days
  • Reminiscence
  • Art group
  • Flower arranging
  • Excursions
  • Strawberry teas with family and friends

Fornham Activity Planner.docx

Activities At Home
1 to 1 Activities, Animal Petting, Bingo, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Choir, Cooking, Crafts, Crosswords, Dancing, Excursions, Exercise Class, Flower Arranging, Gardening, Knitting / Embroidery, Music Entertainment, Painting, Pet Therapy, Quiz Games, Religious Services, Reminiscence, Singing, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment, Word Games.

Activities Outside Our Home
Cinema, Garden Centre, Local Tourist Attractions, Park, Pub, Shopping, Theatre.

Fornham St Martin
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 1SR

Regulator: CQC

Category Rating
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Read More
Report Published 5th December 2018
Registration Date 23rd December 2010
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site, Train Station nearby.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Methodist Church.

Nearby Services
Garden Centre, Hospital, Park, Pub, Restaurant, Shopping Centre, Shops.

Frequently asked questions about Fornham House Residential Home

Fornham House Residential Home was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in December 2018.
Fornham House Residential Home provides Dementia, Respite and Residential care.
Prices for Fornham House Residential Home start from £1,075.00 per week.
Fornham House Residential Home is owned by Healthcare Homes Group Limited.
Yes. Fornham House Residential Home does offer Residential care.
Yes. Fornham House Residential Home does offer Respite care.
Yes. Fornham House Residential Home does provide care for people with Dementia.
Fornham House Residential Home comes under Suffolk.
Fornham House Residential Home accepts Local Authority clients.
Fornham House Residential Home accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Desiree Jooste is the manager of Fornham House Residential Home.

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