Cresta Lodge, Poringland

Our Care Home

Cresta Lodge Residential Care Home is registered as a home for elderly people, including for people with the early stages of dementia. Cresta is set on the southern edge of the village of Poringland, three miles south of Norwich.

Our Manager

Cristina Dragusin, Manager of Cresta Lodge

Cristina has been a committed member of the Swan & Cygnet Care team for over 15 years, starting as a senior and working her way up through the levels of responsibility to Deputy Manager and then onto Quality Assurance Manager. This has given Cristina a real insight and depth of knowledge in running and managing a care facility, together with a loyalty and dedication to the care profession.
As Cristina has a young family there’s little in the way of spare time, however, when the chance presents itself, putting on a pair of trainers and going for a run is her ideal form of relaxation!

Our Facilities and Services

An extended bungalow, Cresta feels very much like home with 21 bedrooms, all on the ground floor, and most bedrooms have en-suite facilities. Also, there are many assisted baths, toilets and a shower located around the building, as well as numerous hoists and aids to help those less mobile. There are two separate lounges with views over the garden and a large dining room located centrally in the home. Cresta Lodge has attractively laid-out gardens and two patio areas which offer a safe, welcoming space to relax.

On a resident’s arrival, we go through an individual and detailed plan of care which will be updated regularly to suit the resident’s specific and varying needs.

We also encourage relatives to bring family photographs, favourite pictures and mementoes. In particular, we may request an old picture of the resident in their ‘early years’, or a picture of something they were proud of or loved – like their first car or family pet, or enjoying a hobby. We then place this in a frame on the door of their bedroom, thus helping to identify their room. Residents are encouraged to surround themselves with their belongings to make the space as familiar and homely as possible.

A vital part of looking after elderly people with dementia is to know their past lives. This helps to create a ‘connection’ between resident and carer. We use a ‘Life Story Book’, which will be provided to a resident’s relatives when first arriving. We strongly encourage you to complete this book, which is then kept in the care plan and used as a reference for the care team in helping to gain an understanding of the people we care for.

All food is cooked on the premises using fresh produce from local suppliers, and our menus are sympathetic to the common choices of elderly people with dementia, paying close attention to nutrition. We also tailor the varied menus to meet any special dietary requirements our residents may have.

Drinks and light snacks are available and encouraged throughout the day, including afternoon tea (to which visitors are more than welcome). Drinks and snacks are also available at night for those that wish.

To arrange a viewing of Cresta Lodge, please either email or phone 01986 894200. Should you have any questions, we will always do all that we can to assist you.

Please read our policy regarding the need for enhanced levels of hygiene and the sympathetic use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to protect our residents, staff and visitors against the Covid-19 Coronavirus.


Facilities Overview

  • Elderly care home in Poringland
  • Palliative & day care
  • Places for dementia care
  • Ages 65+
  • Near public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Residents’ Kitchenette
  • Gardens for residents
  • Phone & TV point in bedrooms
  • Residents’ internet access


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Cresta Lodge
Bungay Road, Poringland, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 7NA
Tel: 01508 492775
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