A forever home in which residents can continue to call home regardless of their needs changing, Ivydene is very much part of the local community.
Set in a quiet residential area of the historic mill town of Ivybridge in Devon, our care home provides residential care, nursing care, dementia care, palliative care and respite care to residents.
The links the home has with groups across Ivybridge, South Hams and beyond are very important to the residents. Every week children from Little Orchard Montessori Nurseries visit the home. Whether reading stories or doing arts and crafts with the residents, their visits are always a highlight. Ivydene’s residents, some of whom receive residential care, dementia care and others who have greater nursing needs, love their visits from students at Dame Hannah Rogers School in Ivybridge.
Members of the Ivybridge U3A (University of the Third Age) are also regular visitors to our residential and nursing home, taking part in arts and crafts sessions with residents.
Ivydene’s treasure Lucy – spreading joy
The home’s dedicated activities leader Lucy Cassidy is so passionate about enriching her residents’ lives that she was shortlisted for the South West regional finals of the Great British Care Awards 2018 in the Care Home Activity Organiser category. The award celebrates individuals who provide activities which reflect their exceptional skills and creativity.
Highlights in her nomination show her determination to make special wishes come true for every one of her residents. This happened for the home’s daredevil Winnie Davies, who receives residential care. Winnie dreamt of ice skating for the first time, so for her 102nd birthday Lucy made it happen. By pushing Winnie in her wheelchair smoothly along the ice, she brought absolute joy to the great, great grandmother. Winnie became the oldest person in South Hams to skate at Plymouth Pavilions. She even hit the headlines of her local newspaper and a video of her experience featured on Plymouth Live.
It is not just Lucy; all the members of Ivydene’s team are very special. Some of them have worked there in excess of 10, 15 and even 20 years. The home’s administrator Steven has just celebrated his 25th anniversary at Ivydene. He said of his highlights: “I love the interaction with the residents and getting to know the wonderful individuals they are.”
Ivydene will soon have a Namaste room for our dementia residents to enjoy, providing them total sensory stimulation and relaxation. The room will include a multi-sensory system which can play soothing music, project lights and images, has bubbles and fibre optic lights. This special piece of equipment will be mobile so that if a resident is receiving nursing or palliative care, it can be used in their bedrooms.
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