The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind
Residential Care at Thomas Tawell House
We have recently upgraded the Courtyard garden to include more seating and more colourful and fragranced plants.
Friendship, good food, lots to do, cleanliness, peace and quiet, home comforts, competent and kind staff; the list of desirable features for any residential care home grow and grow.
At Thomas Tawell House we certainly have all the above and pride ourselves in making new residents feel at home AND of course we have a wonderful history of over 200 years in caring for people with poor sight and deaf blind people. At Thomas Tawell House we ensure you feel at home and valued.
Thomas Tawell House is recognised by Social Services as a provider of specialist care.
Please contact the Head of Home - Sharon Gaul on 01603 767526 for availability.
We welcome people for respite. If you feel in need of a break then come and stay with us where you will receive excellent care, excellent food, excellent company and the chance to join in many activities on site. For further details please contact the Head of Home. Respite rooms are readily available on a pre-booked or emergency basis.
- Special diets
- Non-smoking (we have a dedicated smoking area)
- Retain own GP at your discretion
- Residents may bring their own furniture if they wish
- Ground floor with talking lift to 1st floor
- TV and Telephone point in room
Care of Residents
A friendly and dedicated team ensures a happy atmosphere. Chiropody and hair dressing services are available and doctors call when required. A surgery is held every Tuesday at Thomas Tawell House.
Your garments will be washed, ironed and returned to you on the same day by our housekeeper. We really try hard to make your stay here a happy, relaxing time.
Dining and meals
Good tasty food and a nutritious diet are essential to the well being of everyone. Mealtimes at Thomas Tawell House are social occasions where we are very proud of both the high quality food produced by our experienced chefs and the varied and interesting menu we offer our residents.
The Dining Room is spacious and allows people to enjoy meals either with groups of friends or quietly if preferred. Meals can of course be served in your room if you wish. Our Nutritionist will visit you soon after you join us to discuss your own individual tastes and dietary preferences.
A major refurbishment took place in late 2000 when we extended the home and a further redevelopment of the main entrance (pictures below) was completed in October 2012. The corridor has been extended to include a seating area for residents who like to be amongst staff and visitors and who can join in every day conversation. The redevelopment includes a new entrance lobby and reception area. In 2013 we aim to relay all the paths leading to the entrance of the home and to refurbish - through grant and donation - a flat in the main tower for respite and visitors to the home and nearby Hammond Court. Each of our 37 spacious rooms are single with en-suite facilities. Each room is individually furnished but residents are welcome to bring some of their own favourite possessions from home. Television and telephone points are already in each room. All rooms have an effective staff call system which is promptly answered to provide assistance 24 hours a day. Additionally we have CCTV covering all entrances and exits to provide extra peace of mind.
A lively social programme is pursued and activities include crafts, games and musical entertainment as well as occasional outings for general enjoyment in our own minibus.
Whilst we strive to ensure a full programme of activities, there are of course our large delightful gardens with mature trees, landscaped flower beds and in the summer months our scented roses, to be enjoyed on lazy, restful afternoons.
Her Majesty The Queen opened the new Bradbury Activity Centre in May 2010. The centre is close to the home and residents are encouraged to participate in all the activities. We are fortunate to be helped by many caring volunteers.
Residents enjoying decorating Residents experiencing 'Bubble Blowing'
cakes at the activity class
A Chaplain visits whenever requested. She also celebrates Holy Communion every month. All other denominations welcome.
Becoming a Resident
A member of our staff will be pleased to visit you in your own home to discuss your individual needs and arrange a visit to Thomas Tawell House at your convenience - without any commitment from you whatsoever. A short stay, subject to room availability, is preferrable before you make your eventual choice to live with us in Thomas Tawell House.
Thank You Letters
"I would like to thank you all so much for the care and kindness that you gave my mother. She was very happy in your care and that is due to the dedication and kindness of you all. I will miss your friendly faces."
"I would like to thank you all for the wonderful care you gave my mum. From the first day mum came to you she was very happy. You have a lovely team of girls and it was lovely for mum to stay in your care until the end."
Care Quality Commission
Thomas Tawell House was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (www.cqc.org.uk/) on the 20th and 21st September 2016, the CQC's overall rating was that we require improvement, a full copy of their report can be read here.