Hello, my name is Elena Makrides and I am the Operations Director of Anastasia Lodge and Autumn Gardens.
In 1990, my parents, Melis and Anastasia Ourris opened Anastasia Lodge, in Winchmore Hill. At that time, Anastasia Lodge was a small residential care home for the elderly with just 20 residents. The home became known for its high quality care and its warm and friendly family atmosphere.
The demand for places at the home was high, so my parents took the opportunity of purchasing the land next door, and extended the home to enable the home to be expanded to care for 29 residents. My parents also began the search for a second home.
It took a long time to find the perfect second home but eventually in 2006, my parents purchased an ideal site in Southgate. They completely renovated and modernised the home and in 2007, the Archbishop and First Lady of Cyprus opened Autumn Gardens. Autumn Gardens opened as a residential care home caring for 36 residents and was later extended to enable care for 41 residents. At the time, both Anastasia Lodge and Autumn Gardens cared for elderly individuals with residential and dementia needs.
My involvement with the homes began when I was 9 years old. I regularly visited Anastasia Lodge and would play scrabble with our residents, and sing and dance with them. I began working for the homes full-time in 2011. Despite the opening of Autumn Gardens, both homes soon developed a waiting list again. It was devastating to see people wait so long for a place, so we looked once more to expand.
My family has provided high quality care to our residents for a quarter of a century. We understand both our residents’ and their family’s needs, and truly care for each and every resident.
Anastasia, Elena and Melis
Our homes are equipped to the highest standard with special adaptations to meet the needs of our residents. We take pride in our intensive training programme for all our staff in all the departments.
Our bilingual Greek and English-speaking Activities team are bustling with ideas seven days a week. We welcome representatives of all faiths into our homes, with regular visits from our local Greek Orthodox and Catholic priests. Our meals are plentiful and freshly prepared, and we offer a British and Cypriot option for each meal.
Our aim is to make our residents’ move from living at home a positive experience.
We have provided a lot of information on our website, but I find that the best way to get a feel for a place is to visit. Please feel free to arrange a tour.
Elena Melis Ourris Makrides