Bernard Sunley is a residential care home set in Woking, Surrey. It is one of nine care homes run by the not-for-profit charity Friends of the Elderly. Our focus is to give older people in our care the chance to live fulfilled lives, whether they stay with us for a longer residential stay, or a short-term respite break. Find out more about our Woking care home below and use the contact form or phone number to get in touch with the care team.
About Bernard Sunley
Category: Dementia, residential and nursing care
Set in Woking, Surrey, we provide residential, nursing dementia care in modern, purpose-built facilities. All of our rooms are spacious, light and airy and have en suite bathrooms.
Bernard Sunley features a cosy lounge and dining room, as well as a fully equipped hairdressing salon and the much-loved Smiles Café – a warm and welcoming café where you can meet with other residents or your friends and family for a refreshing tea or coffee, or perhaps a tempting treat.
We understand that every resident is different. Whether you’re with us for residential, nursing or dementia care, or even a short respite care break, we will create a personalised care plan for you. This allows our dedicated team to ensure your individual needs are met and that Bernard Sunley feels like home.
Relax or meet with friends and family in our two large courtyard gardens. If you’re green fingered, you can get involved with our raised garden beds.
We encourage residents to personalise their space and bring along small pieces of furniture and personal mementos to ensure that they feel at home.
All of the staff at Bernard Sunley, from the housekeeping team to the care and management teams, are trained to the highest standard.
Our dedicated activities coordinator puts together an active social calendar for residents to enjoy– including movie nights, exercise groups, family days in the garden and more.
CQC Report Overall:
Staff had recently trialled wearing pyjama-style scrubs during the night following a recent research report in to its effectiveness of improving sleep for people with dementia. Staff fed back that although people still woke during the night, they would choose to go back to bed faster due to the visual cue that it was night time.
Pre-assessments were completed prior to people moving in to the service to ensure their needs could be met. Staff had gathered information around the person’s care needs as well as information around their routine and preference People were complimentary about the food at the service. One person told us, “The food is good. I get to choose what I want to eat.” Pureed food was presentable, with effort taken to mould the food so it looked like its original form.
The environment was set up to meet the needs of people with a cognitive impairment. Memory boxes helped people identify their rooms by containing photos and belongings that were personal to them. Corridors included stimulation areas, such baskets of wool and books. Chairs were positioned in clusters to promote social inclusion.
People were able to personalise their rooms with belongings that were personal to them. This included photographs of loved ones.
“I first started with Bernard Sunley in 2014 as an Administrator and soon progressed to Office Manager – these roles allowed me to build trust and relationships with staff, residents and their families. In early 2018 I was promoted to Home Manager and it is my vision to build a home that is fully integrated in its community and to expand on relationships with local services, groups and organisations to enhance the welfare and opportunities for our residents.
Bernard Sunley a welcoming, friendly home where residents and families are encouraged to engage in all aspects of the home from activities to discussions on what they would like to see happening at the home. The atmosphere is relaxed and staff and residents form great relationships built on trust and care.
Quite simply the best thing about my job is the people. We take the time to get to know each resident who lives with us – their likes, dislikes, the lives they have lived and the sort of life they would like to continue to live in our home. To see a family happy and at ease knowing their relative is well looked after and happy is a great reward. But perhaps the biggest reward is being allowed to share a smile, a story, a memory, with some of our residents and knowing that they are happy to give that time to me.”
Friends of the Elderly are committed to providing care you can count on
All our care homes use technology such as electronic care planning and acoustic listening to keep our residents safe.
We have a devoted property team who work to keep our homes safe and secure.
We run a Dementia Education Programme in partnership with Worcester University, to ensure our staff know how to best support our residents living with dementia.
We provide regular training around Infection Prevention Control, and we are Covid Wise.
We are proud that many of our staff have worked with us for over 20 years, allowing us to provide consistent care teams to best support our residents.
Fees are based on an assessment of your individual care needs and will be calculated following a visit. Our fees at Bernard Sunley start from £1,235 per week for residential care, £1,588 for nursing care and £1,430 for dementia care.
Friends of the Elderly, registered charity in England and Wales (no 226064); registered company in England and Wales (no 133850).
Registered office 40-42 Ebury Street, London SW1W 0LZ. A company limited by guarantee.