Understanding the type of care you need is an important first step in finding a care home that is right for you.

Searching for the right care home is not something any of us do every day. Often when the time does come, it can be quite stressful for all involved. Whether our home is right for you or not, we are here to provide some guidance on the factors you might want to consider in your search.

Step one: Understand your needs

Step two: Identify the best location

Step three: Check on quality standards

Step four: Visiting shortlisted homes

Step five: Cost of care

Step six: Settling in

To download our residents handbook including our statement of purpose - click here

To download our latest inspection report from CQC - click here

For more information, please send an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), use the contact form on this website, or call Louise, Roger or Ian on 01837 52078.

Our food

kitchenLakeside pride ourselves on providing nutritious home cooked foods, we offer a wide variety of meals and welcome suggestions from individuals.

We offer selections of meals every day and are always happy to accomodate any dietary needs.

Our chefs are all trained to a very high standard, and each one brings their own unique skills into the kitchen. Our chefs are multi-cultural and we feel this allows us to offer some exciting and new dishes to our menu.

As well as providing the day to day menu, our chefs like to add in theme nights once a month offering a different cultural menu. They even decorate the dining room to give an authentic feel. Some of the themes are Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Greek, Italian, Thai and Cantonese. Obviously we still cook traditional British dishes as well.

Sample Lunch Menu


  • Slow roasted Lamb chops, served with homemade Lamb gravy and mint sauce
  • Battered fish with choice of potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • A selction of cold meats served with homemade bubble and squeak
  • Potatoes tossed in olive oil and roasted
  • Creamed potatoes with butter and cream
  • A selection of seasonal vegetables

Something sweet

  • Homemade Mississippi peacan pie - freshly made sweet pastry filled with a golden syrup and pecan mix which gives this a deliciously rich taste
  • Peach and apricot crisp - fresh peaches and apricots covered in a luxurious oaty crumble topping seasoned with ground almonds and nutmeg and baked until the top is delicious and crisp.

All served with a choice of Ice cream, Double cream, Devonshire clotted cream or Custard.

There is a selection of cold deserts displayed in the chiller cabinet.

Alternative menu

All served with a choice of fillings and a salad garnish

  • Freshly prepared sandwich on white or brown bread
  • Freshly made omlette
  • Oven baked jacket potatoes
  • Homemade cornish pasty

Selection of fillings

  • Tuna mayo
  • Tinned salmon and salad cream
  • Cheese
  • Beans
  • Bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Homemade coleslaw



Statement of Purpose

Our entire Statement of Purpose is detailed below. Alternatively you can use the links to download our welcome pack to browse at your leisure

Download - Statement of Purpose

Download - Welcome Letter

Lakeside Residential Home
Lower Maddaford
EX20 4NL

Tel/Fax: 01837 52078

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Mr. Roger Langbridge, Mrs. Joyce Langbridge, Mr. Ian Langbridge

Registered Manager
Miss Louise Waldron

All new staff receive induction training along side the care certificate , which will be completed within a twelve week period. Catering and Domestic staff will be fully trained and hold the relevant certificates for their post.

Lakeside Residential Home

Lakeside is an established residential home for the older person. It is situated a few miles from Okehampton Devon. Lakeside offers extensive views over the surrounding grounds, which includes lawns, flowerbeds and lakes. Lakeside has been rated good and we are working towards outstanding. CQC information can be viewed on CQC web site at

The lakes are surrounded by natural meadows and woodland, which are home to some of Devon’s rare and most beautiful flora and fauna.

All this is set in glorious rolling countryside and has far-reaching views, with Dartmoor National Park as a majestic backdrop.

The Purpose of Lakeside Residential Home

Our Aim

Is to provide a pleasant haven, for up to 29 service users, in a relaxed, homely and safe environment, for people who have reached a stage in their lives when they need support.
21 bedrooms are situated on the ground floor, a passenger lift with wheelchair access is provided to 4 rooms on the first floor, and a further 4 rooms have access via a stair lift.

Our Objectives

  • To provide a home for life, as long as our registration criteria can be met.
  • To provide this according to individual requirements, always ensuring that independence, privacy and dignity are respected and promoted at all times.
  • Lakeside is registered to cater for older people, over the age of 65 (Not dementia or nursing).
  • Provide help with personal care 24-hour a day by trained staff
  • Assist, support and promote service users’ own capacity for self care.
  • The home will maintain personal and oral hygiene in consultation with professional help when required.
  • Any other specialist medical and therapeutic services and care from hospitals, community health services will be sought according to need.

Building and Grounds


The building provides 21 ground-floor rooms with an addition 4 rooms on the first floor, a passenger lift is provided to help access and a further 4 rooms have access via a stair lift. All rooms are individual and service users will be assessed and matched with a room that suits their needs. Regular reviews of care plans and service user needs will take place to make sure all rooms remain suitable.

Room 1 has a beautiful outlook over Dartmoor with an en-suite bathroom (15.48sqm)

Room 2 has a beautiful outlook over Dartmoor with an en-suite shower room (12.11sqm)

Room 3 has its own lounge separate en-suite shower room (25.45sqm)

Room 4 has outlooks towards Devon countryside with en-suite bathroom (10.47)

Room 5 has a beautiful outlook over Dartmoor with an en-suite bathroom situated near the communal areas (12.25sqm).

Room 6 has a beautiful outlook over Dartmoor with an en-suite bathroom situated near the garden entrance (14.58sqm).

Room 7 with en-suite bathroom (12.96sqm).

Room 8 a good size room with en-suite bathroom (15.02sqm).

Room 9 a good size room with en-suite bathroom (15.05sqm).

Room 10 a spacious room with en-suite shower room (18.06sqm).

Room 11 a good size room with en-suite bathroom (15.58sqm).

Room 12 with en-suite shower room situated near the communal areas (13.1sqm).

Room 14 with en-suite shower room situated near the communal areas (14.27sqm).

Room 15 is a spacious room with an en-suite bathroom for the active elderly with patio doors onto a small patio area. It is situated near the communal areas (21.5sqm).

Room 16 is a spacious room with an en-suite bathroom for the active elderly with patio doors onto a small patio area (20.68sqm).

Room 17 with en-suite Bathroom (14.19sqm)

Room 18 with en-suite Bathroom (14.3sqm)

Room 19 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite bathroom (13.7sqm)

Room 20 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite bathroom (13.8sqm)

Room 21 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite bathroom (13.68sqm)

Room 22 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite shower room (13.76sqm)

Room 23 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite shower room (13.68sqm)

Room 24 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite shower room (13.77sqm).

Room 25 has lovely views over the surrounding lakes with en-suite shower room (13.66sqm).

Room 26 has a balcony with lovely views towards the lakes with en-suite shower (13.28sqm).

Room 27 has a balcony with lovely views towards the lakes with en-suite shower (14.41sqm).

Room 28 has a balcony with views towards the fields with en-suite shower (12.03sqm).

Room 29 has a balcony with views towards the fields with en-suite shower (12.08sqm).

Sunrise has lovely views overlooking Dartmoor with en-suite wet room (14.2sqm).

Communal Rooms

Lakeside has 4 large lounge areas providing plenty of space and 1 small lounge area for quiet activities

  • Enjoy the company of other service users
  • Entertain guest
  • Take pleasure in looking at the spectacular views
  • Join in activities
  • Sitting quietly to read
  • Use the internet
  • Watching television
  • Enjoy entertainment (singers, film shows, etc)

The Cinema Room (39sqm) provides seating and recreational space; The Lake Room (49sqm) provides seating, with views over the lake with access onto a patio area. The study (30sqm) provides an area for quiet pursuits, such as reading and Internet access. The Fountain Room (35sqm) provides seating over-looking a water fountain and beautiful views towards Dartmoor Nation Park and the surrounding countryside.
The spacious Dining Room (47sqm) provides seating for all service users to get together and socialise during mealtimes. It is ideally situated off of the four large lounge areas.


There are no strict mealtimes, but our suggested times are as follows:

Breakfast – in bedroom on tray or served in dining area……………………….7.30 – 11:30 am
Mid-morning drinks……………………………………………………...………….
Lunch…………………………………………………………………………………1:00 pm
Afternoon Tea………………………………………………………………………..
Supper………………………………………………………………………………...5:30 pm
Evening drink & snack……………………………………………………………….

Service users are encouraged to have meals in the dinning room and socialise with other service users. Alternatively service users can have meals in their room, also a dining table is provided in the Fountain room for service users to enjoy meals with their visitors.


Lakeside is a unique home with lakes and beautiful views, in our assessment before admission this has to be taken into account, as the lakes can be seen as a risk factor for some service users. The lakes have been fenced so no service user can access them without being accompanied by a member of staff. 

Unplanned admissions will be avoided; all potential service users will have a home visit and assessment prior to admission. The assessment will take into account the care needs of the service user and if there are any risks due to the location of the home. They will be invited to visit the home before they make a decision, and having made the decision to make Lakeside their home, will begin a 4-week trial period.


The right of a service user to be left alone and undisturbed whenever they wish. We understand that living in a communal setting can sometimes be difficult and service users don’t always want to be involved with activities etc, so we aim to provide quiet areas within the home.

We will respect service users choices if they would like to stay in their own room rather than socialise with other service users. We will also provide a private area for consultation with health professionals or solicitors ect.


The understanding of the service user’s needs and treating them with respect. Understanding the individual needs of the person and the routines they like to follow in their daily life. Staff will show service users respect at all times, making sure the service users maintain their dignity with particular regards to personal care-giving.


Allowing a service user to take calculated risks, and to make their own decisions. Helping the service users to maintain independence by affording them the time to carry out their daily routines without interruption from staff, unless they require assistance.
Service users are encouraged to be as independent as possible but situations will be assessed and assistance offered when needed.


Giving service users the opportunity to select for themselves from a range of options. Service users are encouraged to be involved in all decisions regarding their care, accommodation, the way the home operates by the set up of a service users committee. One member of the committee will be invited to attend interviews for potential employees.


Enabling the service user to realise their own aims and helping them to achieve these goals in all aspects of daily life. We will make sure a variety of activities are provided to suit all service users. Regular meetings with service users will be held so they can put forward suggestions to help them fulfil their goals.

Going Out and Social Activities

Service users at Lakeside can enjoy an array of social activities and games within the home, for example film-nights, quizzes, bingo, card evenings, and painting workshops.

Service users are free to come and go as they please, however we request they inform staff when they leave and when they expect to return.

As well as the activities Lakeside will provide trips out on a regular basis with our own disabled access mini bus. These will include pub lunches, to the coast, local towns and theatre trips.

Doctors, Dentists and Opticians

Service users wishing to use these services can be transported by Lakeside if other transport is unavailable, this service is provided for no extra charge for local surgeries. Transport further a field will be charged at cost. Alternatively, we can arrange for visits to be made to service users in the home.

Religious Activities

Service users may attend religious services either within or outside the home, as they so desire. If services are outside the home, the service user should, if necessary and where possible, arrange for transport and accompaniment of friends or relatives. In the event of this not being possible, care staff may accompany service users on specific occasions if staffing levels permit. Service users have the right to meet clergy of their chosen denomination at any time. If required, a private room will be available for such meetings.


If required, in addition to newspapers provided by the home, service users are welcome to order publications, which can then be delivered to their rooms daily. Service users will be charged for publications they order.

Bed Linen and Towels

Lakeside provides and launders all bed linen and towels.


Lakeside provides an inclusive laundry service for service users’ personal garments. It will be necessary to discreetly mark clothing for identification purposes.

Cleaning of Rooms

A full service is provided for all rooms. Domestic staff will do this at a time that does not disrupt the service users daily routine.


We acknowledge that many people have pets for company, and that they wish to bring their pet with them when they move. However, the management has a responsibility to all service users and staff in the home, therefore all applications to bring a pet into the home will be assessed and decided by the manager.


In the interest of health and safety, Lakeside operates a No Smoking Policy within the building. There are designated smoking areas in the grounds and on service users’ patio areas.


All bedrooms have radiators, which have thermostat controls on them to be able to regulate the heat. Service users are requested to ask a member of staff if the thermostat needs adjusting.


The bedrooms are furnished by Lakeside. However service users are welcome to bring some furniture if they wish providing it complies to the fire regulations with the agreement of the management. Any electrical items brought into the home will need to be Pat Tested by our contracted electrician to ensure that they are safe there will be a charge at cost for this service.


Service users are issued with keys to their room and are responsible for their safe custody.
All rooms are lockable but access can be obtained in case of emergency.

Postal Service

We provide a service for outgoing mail. Incoming mail will be delivered to each service user’s room.


Service users’ family and friends are encouraged to visit regularly, and maintain contact by letter or telephone when visiting is not possible. Visitors will be welcomed at all reasonable times, and are asked to let the person in charge know of their arrival and departure from the home. For security and fire safety reasons, visitors must sign the visitor’s book on each occasion.

The service user has the right to refuse to see any visitor, and this right will be respected and upheld by the person in charge who will, if necessary, inform the visitor of the service user’s wishes.

In the event of an outbreak of infectious disease or illness, no visitors will be allowed until the appropriate authorities have given the all clear.


We acknowledge that Lakeside is the home of the service users and we encourage them to be a part of the decision process involved in any changes. Regular meetings are held to obtain the views of all service users, on a wide range of subjects.

Care Plans

To enable us to identify the needs of a new service user, a personal care plan will be completed. The care plan will be reviewed regularly.


Lakeside offers a range of activities to help service users stay healthy for example accompanied walks around the grounds, exercise sessions and trips out.

On Arrival

The manager or senior staff member will greet a new service user, issue their key and show them to their room. Service users will receive information regarding the location of fire escape routes, lounges, dining room and daily routines. We will ensure that any new service user is introduced to staff and other service users at the first opportunity, and made welcome.

Equal Opportunities

Lakeside has an equal opportunities policy. In carrying out all of our activities we try to ensure that there is no discrimination or unfairness to any job applicant, employee, volunteer worker, service user or contractor for reasons such as age, health, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, status, ethnic origin, disability or political, cultural or religious beliefs.

Key Worker / Care Worker

A new service user will be allocated a personal key worker, who will be responsible for looking after their well being.

Insurance and Valuables

Service users are recommended to take out insurance for their personal belongings.

Safety and Support Systems

Call units are located in all bedrooms and bathrooms to enable service users to summon help or assistance. Staff are on duty 24 hours a day to respond to calls.

Emergency Alarm System

The building is fitted with smoke detectors, alarms and emergency lighting that are tested regularly. All staff receive regular fire training, so that they are able to respond to any emergency situation. All new service users will be informed of fire procedures, and the evacuation information is printed in the Service User’s Guide.

Missing Persons

Should a service user go missing, we will contact their representative to see if they know of their whereabouts. If appropriate we will inform the authorities to instigate a search.

Wills and Powers of Attorney

We strongly advise service users make a will and notify us as to where it is kept, so that we can include the information in their personal records. We would also recommend the nomination of a representative holding lasting power of attorney, who could look after their affairs, should they become incapacitated.


In the unfortunate event of bereavement, the family can expect every support and consolation from the staff.
Whereas the Next of Kin usually makes funeral arrangements, the staff can be relied upon to assist and explain what is required. Where there is no Next of Kin, the proprietors will make sure the necessary arrangements will be made. For these reasons it is important that, on admission, a new service user’s wishes and any Advance Decisions and Powers of Attorney are recorded.


Lakeside will quote an inclusive weekly charge covering accommodation, food, care, heating, facilities and some outings. Payment is required in advance, by standing order each calendar month. Charges are reviewed annually, taking into account inflation and special requirements.

Holidays / Absences

Lakeside will credit an amount of 10% of the standard weekly fee for each whole week (7 days) that a service user is away.

Help With Payments

For service users with limited finances, Social Services may assist towards charges. This will be investigated and agreed before service users take up occupation.

Registrations and Inspections

Lakeside is registered with C.Q.C. They make periodic and unannounced visits to the home, and produce a written report. Service users, relatives and representatives can request access to the reports at any time.

Contractual / Financial Matters

Terms of Residence – These describe the services offered by Lakeside, plus charges and house rules.

The Residency Contract – This is a formal signed agreement between Lakeside and the service user accepting the Terms of Residence.

Termination of Residency and Limits of Care

Lakeside is registered as a residential care home and is limited to providing what is called personal care. Therefore we cannot provide technical nursing or dementia care. However we aim to provide a home for life as long as our registration criteria can be achieved. In the event of a service users health deteriorating to the extent that the care the home provides, is no longer suitable an in-depth assessment will be made by all professionals concerned i.e. Registered Manager G.P, D.N etc before any decisions are made. If for any reason we are unable to continue to provide accommodation due to service users change of health we are obliged under our registration to give the service user one month’s notice. No notice will be actioned without full consultation with the service user, relatives or representative, and support will be given in finding alternative accommodation. Lakeside normally requires a month’s notice or payment in lieu should a service user decide to leave. However, this may be waived in exceptional circumstances.

Suggestions / Complaints

A suggestion box is available for service users to make suggestions on the service at Lakeside and we welcome any comments on how to improve our service at Lakeside.
Service users are welcome to approach the manager on any matter. Should they feel dissatisfied with the conclusion offered, they are welcome to refer the issue to the proprietor. All service users have the right to approach the Care Quality Commission.

Contacting the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission
Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA
Tel: 03000 616161


There's nothing worse than having nothing to do. All the staff are happy to assist you with activities of your choice and to introduce you to new interests.

So what do you want to do today?

We offer a host of activities to enjoy each and every day, including weekends. Musicians, dancers, guest speakers are only part of the story.

Scrabble, film nights, gardening, trips to museums, shopping centres or other places of interest.... they're all typical of the events you'll find on the calendar.

Of course, it's entirely up to you how you spend your time and how many activities you choose to join. But, whether you're a social butterfly or a more reserved individual, you'll never be short of ways to pass your time enjoyably at Lakeside.

We like to encourage individuals to continue with their interests and hobbies.

Lakeside does offer daily activities within the home. This includes the following:

  • In house movement to music
  • Dominoes, cards, board games, bingo & jigsaws
  • Crafts activities
  • Visits to local shops, seaside, pubs and stately homes
  • Soft ball throwing and cathing for co-ordination
  • Film nights
  • Walks and wheelchair rides within the grounds
  • Knit and natter
  • Reminiscence
  • Baking sessions
  • Singing to music sessions with song sheets

We also offer a variety of trips out for everyone to enjoy, these include:

  • Theatre trips
  • Pub lunches
  • Eden project
  • National Trust properties
  • The Devon and Cornwall coastline

Lakeside like to offer as many of their activities free of charge, so we host four events yearly to help raise money for our residents fund, allowing us to invest in keeping up to date with activities that are of interest. These events are held annually and we encourage all family, friends and the local community to help us make these a success.

  • Easter - Easet bonnet competitions, Easet egg hunts, raffle and much more
  • Summer fate - table top sales, raffles, cream teas and much more
  • Fireworks night - a selection of drinks and nibbles served before a spectacular fireworks display over the lakes
  • Christmas fate - Mulled wine, carols, minced pies and much more

You can see some of our past events in the news section to the right of this page.

Any religious needs are catered for.

The team

careRoger, Joyce and Ian have been serving the hospitality industry for over 25 years, and are now transporting those skills to Lakeside residential home.

They pride themselves on their registered manager Louise Waldron, who is personally responsible for the care provided to each individual. Lakeside believes we have the finest staff working with us.

Louise has nearly 20 years’ experience in the care industry, she brings a huge wealth of knowledge to the position and her enthusiasm and standards of care are nothing short of exceptional.

Roger Langbridge - Proprietor   

Roger has worked in management for 30 years, successfully running his own hospitality business for 25 years, Roger has gained a wealth of knowledge in this area completing a business management course in Exeter University, since changing Lakeside into a residential care home Roger has completed his NVQ 3 and continues to advance his knowledge in care using the homes training programme. 

Joyce Langbridge - Proprietor

Joyce has almost 20 years managerial experience, successfully assisting Roger to run their own hospitality business, taking charge of the accounts department. Joyce has gained a vast knowledge and experience in this time and is continuing to advance her knowledge and experience in catering and management.

Ian Langbridge - Proprietor and General Manger

Ian has almost 20 years’ experience in management helping Roger and Joyce successfully run a hospitality business, Ian has gained a range of experience and knowledge in management, and since opening Lakeside he has completed his NVQ 3 and 4 and is currently working towards his level 5 diploma, Ian wishes to keep on advancing his knowledge in care using the homes training programme.

Louise Waldron - Registered manager

Louise has been working the care field since 1996; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience, including NVQ 3, 4 and R.M.A (Registered Managers Award). Louise has 14 years of managerial experience and has worked in many areas of care including Supportive living, residential care, community care and nursing care. Louise strives to improve care standards and is continuing to update and improve herself through training and experience to be able to deliver the highest standard of care.

Deena Lane – Training and Admin Co-ordinator

Deena has worked has worked health and social care since 1993; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience, including NVQ 3, D32, 33, 7407 Level 4, IQA and R.M.A (Registered Managers Award) Dementia champion. Deena has over 15 years of managerial experience within the health and social training field and has worked in different areas of care including Supportive living, residential care, and community care.

Our senior care team are selected on their experience and knowledge and are giving extensive training to ensure they are able to support Louise in running the home to a high standard and guiding staff to provide the best care.

Here at lakeside we pride ourselves on recruiting passionate, dedicated staff and strive to help them achieve their potential by providing high quality training. We understand the best care is achieved by a continuous commitment to training for all staff and we offer a wide variety of progressive training. Additionally lakeside integrates all avenues of training from statutory training such as Manual Handling to more specialised courses like Palliative Care. We encourage all our staff to develop and progress within the care field and welcome there suggestions on what they feel there training needs are.


Our residents come from all over Devon, Dorset and Cornwall including Okehampton, Exeter, Crediton, Launceston, Tavistock, Exmouth, Dawlish, Plymouth, Bodmin, Honiton, Torquay, Hatherleigh and Bude.

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