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Life at
Asterbury Place

Trusted to care in Ipswich, Suffolk

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Discover our happy and social home, where there’s plenty to do and new friends to make

We take pride in creating comfortable, safe surroundings where there’s a warm family atmosphere, designed to promote independence and wellbeing for the people we care for.

Facilities at our home

Enjoy expert care and daily activities in bright, safe and clean surroundings.

  • Cafe
  • Garden
  • Activities room
  • Hair and beauty salon
  • Cinema room
  • Family guest room
  • Minibus for outings

Meaningful lifestyles

At Asterbury Place, we take the same tailored approach to your loved one’s lifestyle as we do their care. Once we understand what they like to do, or the things they’ve never tried but are keen to have a go at, we plan activities to suit them. Singalongs, dancing, a sculpture class – these are just some of the things we get up to at Asterbury Place.

Residents are encouraged to mix within the home and garden, where they are free to simply relax, or take part in the varied lifestyle programme. Being such a social home means that new residents quickly make friends.

Maintaining independence

We understand that maintaining routines and a sense of purpose is vital for an older person’s wellbeing. That's why we support your loved one to live as independently as possible, from making their own drinks, helping with the washing up, to gardening. If your loved one visits local places of worship, or attends a group in the community, we’ll support them to continue to do this. 

Tailored to you

When your loved one joins us we take the time to get to know them and create tailored care and lifestyle plans to suit them. Each resident has a life history book where we record their hobbies, family and friends, jobs, routines, holidays – even their favourite foods – all of which forms the basis of their care.

Activities and outings

It’s all fun and games at Asterbury Place. Our dedicated lifestyle team organise weekly activities for the residents to enjoy, from playing the drums, silent disco, board games, baking sweet treats, to creative sessions painting and drawing. Residents also enjoy trips out in the minibus to Felixstowe seaside, Dobbies Garden Centre and to the Sea Life at Great Yarmouth. Other residents like to stay at Asterbury Place and have cuddles with our two pet therapy dogs Hugo and Ronnie. 

At Asterbury Place we like to help keep residents active, so we have our very own walking group. We also have weekly seated exercises on our activities programme to enable residents to keep mobile, as well as having a good sing-along.

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Our lifestyle team

Our lifestyle lead always puts the residents first, finding out what your loved one enjoys doing. Whether that’s activities or assisting with technology.

Our team loves to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. We like to make residents feel special and enjoy their big day as they would normally at home. This involves the full team, even the Head Chef bakes them a cake. 

At Asterbury Place we have a plenty of community involvement with local schools and other community groups, such as the local Greenfinch church, Food Bank and a PenPal scheme from Royal Hospital School. We believe in having a strong connection to the community as it’s important for residents to continue to enjoy activities and interests they may have had before living in a care home.

Wishing trees

Residents still have goals and wishes they want to achieve. That’s why at Asterbury Place residents can tell us something they’d like to do, and we do our best to make it happen. 

One resident loves planes so we took them to Duxford, where they had a chance to look at all the planes and even got an opportunity to fly in a plane. 

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Tempting, tasty and nutritious

Our chef-led catering team serves up delicious and nutritious hot and cold meal choices made from fresh ingredients and tailored to your loved one’s personal tastes, diet and cultural needs. 

Every aspect of living in a Care UK care home is tailored to each resident’s needs and preferences, including food and dining.

When an individual moves into a Care UK home, our professional chefs meet with them to learn about their favourite foods and dietary needs. These details are included in their care plan, which is regularly reviewed and updated as their needs change.

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We’re committed to helping residents to eat well and stay hydrated. Every meal is home-cooked and freshly prepared each day. What’s more, all the fruit and vegetables we serve are grown by, or sourced from, local businesses.

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Care UK’s expert chefs combine creativity with an in-depth knowledge of nutrition for older people. Our head chefs work as part of their home’s management team to deliver a holistic, personalised approach to care for each resident. They are a key and highly visible member of the leadership team and can often be found in the lounges chatting to residents about food. They know each resident’s dietary and dining needs as well as their preferences. They work with clinical and care colleagues to support residents with weight management.

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Care UK care homes offer a dining experience that enables residents to maintain their independence and dine with dignity. Our teams support residents to make mealtime choices in a way that best suits them. We show residents plated meals to support them to make choices, and if one-to-one support is needed, a colleague will sit with an individual to help them to eat at a comfortable pace.

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Tempting, tasty and nutritious
Tempting, tasty and nutritious
Tempting, tasty and nutritious

Relative satisfaction survey for Asterbury Place

97%
Quality of clinical care provided to your relative
93%

The home proactively contacts you from time to time just to keep in touch

97%

Cleanliness and hygiene of the home

94%

The mealtime experiences

Source: Care UK Relative Satisfaction Survey - August 22. Based on a sample of 23.

FAQs

We’ve brought together many of the questions that families often ask us and our friendly team can answer anything else you might need to know.

FAQs

We get to know your loved one’s personality and hobbies to support them to enjoy a meaningful lifestyle, with experiences and activities that reflect their interests. Each of our homes run a range of daily group and one-to-one activities, ranging from gentle exercise to music sessions, arts and crafts, gardening and visits from local entertainers. We also take trips out to local shops, garden centres and other places of interest. 

All Care UK homes offer different options because their residents are different. We even have homes where residents lead the classes, prepare the vegetables for meals, or run the in-home shop. We promise to support your loved one to be as involved and as busy as they want to be.

Find out more about life in our homes.

Yes, all our rooms are en-suite. If you have any questions please call us - we’ll be happy to help.

Our homes have lovely secure gardens that are wheelchair friendly, and residents can access them whenever they wish. They’re welcome to help with gardening, re-stock bird tables and feeders, take a stroll, or simply sit and enjoy the sunshine. To support residents who are living with dementia, we use many plants chosen for their sensory properties of scent, texture and colour.

As we get older our appetites do change, and people who are living with conditions such as dementia or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) might need enhanced support to ensure they’re eating and drinking enough. Helping residents to dine with dignity, whatever their needs, is one of our key priorities. Many of our homes have chef-led catering teams that produce delicious and nutritious meals made from the freshest ingredients.

Find out more about our dining promise.

The majority of our homes provide en-suite facilities, and residents have their own flatscreen TV, phone and internet connections in their rooms. Many of our homes, particularly our new-build homes, have ground floor bedrooms with doors that open out onto secure, landscaped gardens. Residents in these rooms even have their own small patio areas with seating and pot plants. We believe in helping residents to continue enjoying a superb lifestyle, with a range of daily activities tailored around their interests and preferences.

We understand that having help with bathing and toileting when you’ve been used to looking after yourself can be embarrassing and frustrating. Each resident has a key worker (a main carer) who will support them in this area to minimise embarrassment. Having en-suite facilities also helps to maximise comfort and privacy. 

Our staff are discreet, highly trained and dedicated to supporting your loved one with dignity. Our homes have assisted bathing facilities if a resident’s physical needs are such that they need intensive support. However, where a resident is able to do even the basics for themselves, we’ll always support them to maximise their independence.

While we don’t offer specific flats or suites for couples in our homes, we do believe in tailoring our care to suit the needs of residents. If both people require residential or nursing care, we can organise next door, or even adjoining, rooms.

Our experts continue to monitor guidance from English, Scottish, Welsh and regional health protection teams to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep residents and our colleagues as safe as possible.

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