Gracefields Nursing Home

Gracefields is a purpose built home in Downend, caring for residents with dementia and general nursing needs. The name Gracefields derives from the fact that cricketing legend and former England captain W. G. Grace was born and lived in the house next door.Considered by many historians to be the greatest cricketer of all time, he played in the playing fields opposite the Home and was the local GP for Downend. We felt naming the Home in his honour would be a fitting tribute to this local sporting hero.

The Home occupies a prime position in Downend with stimulating views over the busy town centre, with excellent access, public transport and local amenities. Our Residents have the convenience of local shops, which can be frequently visited for everyday items, as well as numerous other amenities. The adjacent playing grounds contribute to the real community atmosphere surrounding the Home.

Making life happier and easier for Residents with conditions such as dementia has been at the forefront of every aspect of the design of this home, inside and out.

At Gracefields, as at all the Cedar Care Homes, you’ll be part of a happy and stimulating household, where our standard of care improves the quality of life for everyone – adding life to years.

The home operates as two separate wings so that care and support can be focused to meet the varying types and levels of need of the people living in the home.

General Nursing Wing

The general nursing wing will provide care for people with enduring physical conditions or conditions resulting in physical disability. The primary aim is to assess needs in the context of remaining abilities, habits and lifestyle. Support or assistance is then provided in daily living according to individual choices and preferences while clinical health risks are managed.

Dementia Nursing Wing

The dementia nursing wing will provide care for people who are in the middle to late stages of dementia and require emotional / psychological support in addition to nursing care for physical and medical conditions. The primary aim is to assess needs in the context of life history, personality, known habits and lifestyle, emotional health and medical conditions. High levels of encouragement and assistance are provided in daily living activities in accordance with individual choices and preferences while clinical health risks are managed.

We can facilitate long or short term care, respite, convalescence, placement whilst waiting for specialist external assessment for a permanent care package, hospital admission avoidance and packages for people with complex or unstable needs (Continuing Healthcare). Dedicated care is also provided for people who are approaching the end of their life.

Services included in basic fees

  • Accommodation, light, heat and water
  • Individual personal care and support, FNC is retained as nursing charges
  • All meals
  • Laundering of personal clothing and linen
  • Activities and entertainment

Services available at extra cost

  • Dry cleaning if required
  • Hairdressing
  • Chiropody
  • Opticians
  • Dentist
  • Personal clothing
  • Toiletries and other items of luxury or personal nature
  • Outings or day trips
  • Meals provided by the home for a friend or relative
  • Any therapies that are not referred by the NHS
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Phone calls as per individual charges
  • Private healthcare appointments
  • Transport to private outings or appointments.

What people said about us.

Residents Survey 2015

"The home is taking good care of me!"

What CQC said about us: Excerpts from the June 2015 Inspection Report

Every person we spoke with had a positive view to share with us about how they were supported by the staff. For example, people told us, “they are marvellous”, “I could not fault any of them”, and “when I need them they are there”.

One member of staff told us, “I enjoy my job. I love dealing with people, but you do need special skills to care for people with dementia, you need compassion and understanding”. Another member of staff told us, “people can get up and go to bed when they want; if they want a lie in, that’s fine; for relative example a few of the men like to get up early because they always got up early when they were working”.

The staff were knowledgeable about the people in the home and what mattered to them. Care records included a “life history” which gave the staff information about people and their life before they came to live in the home. Staff knew what was recorded in individuals’ records and told us this was used to get to know people and engage with them. Where people had dementia a life history had been obtained about the person before they came to the home. Staff told us this helped them to see the person as a unique individual and care for them in way that was centred on them as a person.