Garson’s Outing

We went to Garson’s garden centre

On a mini bus

Bob was our driver

He didn’t make a fuss

He got us on and off, with ease

His every intention was to please

A nicer man you could not meet

Soon had everyone in their seats

Off we set – along country lanes

Fortunately, it hadn’t rained

All the fields were beautifully green

A very picturesque scene

We were met by daughters and sons

Who had come to push wheelchairs for

Their Mums and Dads

We all met up in the coffee shop

For coffee, cakes and a catch up

We all sat out in the warm sunshine

Having a truly lovely time

Then it was back on the bus

Again, no fuss

A happy bunch

Home for lunch

Sharon Nolan – Activities Co-ordinator

Willow Bank Residential Home in Throckmorton, Worcestershire held their annual ‘Beach Day’ over the weekend as part of National Care Home Open Day. Tons of sand were brought in along with a paddling pool for any one who fancied a dip! Combining this with a sports day, everyone had a fantastic time with ice creams, a fish & chip van and not forgetting Kim the karaoke entertainer!

For more information on Willow Bank please visit our webpage HERE or our Facebook page HERE.

 

We were very lucky to have 14 members of the Prince’s Trust at Woodland Court Residential Home over the past few weeks. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12-week self-development programme for young people aged between 16-25, which helps develop motivation, confidence and life skills. The hard-working team brainstormed ideas with our residents and staff and came up with the project of making our back garden area more accessible and sensory. They firstly raised funds from sponsors by bag packing at ASDA, washing cars at the Gosport Fire Service and taking part in a 10km sponsored walk. They then proceeded to work extremely hard to make their plans a reality, using brightly coloured paints, strong-scented plants and flowers, creating a fish pond with fountain and making the garden generally more accessible.

The residents and staff very much enjoyed having the team around – each and every one of the Prince’s Trust have been fantastic – thank you all so much! The final day saw residents, staff and The Prince’s Trust enjoy a BBQ meal and celebratory cakes in the newly finished gardens.

For more information and full contact details for Woodland Court please visit our webpage by clicking HERE or our Facebook page HERE.

We are seeking care assistants with experience to join our team at Blackwater Mill Residential Home in Newport on the Isle of Wight. We have a variety of shifts available, which can be discussed at interview. We look forward to hearing from you!

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. To support service users who require your support with washing, dressing and toileting, continence care.
  2. To support service users with limited mobility or physical disabilities.
  3. To care for service users who are unwell in providing bed care where needed.
  4. Participate in social events and in house activities and community activities.
  5. Support service users who are end of life care.
  6. To respond to the call bell system and answering the front door to visitors, answer the telephone as needed.
  7. To make visitors feel welcome offering them beverages and support should they require this.
  8. To read and write reports, daily notes and attend training sessions/meetings when required.
  9. To make and change beds, tidy rooms and general cleaning tasks to include toilet and commode cleaning as required.
  10. To support service users with toileting requirements as needed.
  11. To support service users with nutrition and hydration requirements as needed.
  12. To deliver meals and clean away afterward.
  13. To make safe any area of risk and report immediately, cleaning up spills to avoid risk.
  14. To report any concerns or general feedback to the senior team.
  15. To carry out tasks which occur which may be required according to senior team need as well as service user requirements.

We are seeking an experienced Care Home Manager to head up our friendly nursing home in Fareham. The applicant need not be a Nurse. The successful applicant will have experience in managing a care home in the past and achieved a ‘Good’ CQC rating.

Responsible to General Manager & Deputy General Manager

Purpose of Position:

To promote professional, caring, administrative and financial arrangements, training and care planning within the home. To maintain and monitor the health and welfare of the residents. To manage the premises and prevent untoward neglect of furnishings and fitments. To manage the business and maintain a viable state. To promote professional, clinical and holistic care for the residents.

Key Accountabilities:

Professional and Management.

  • To conduct care and management in such a way so as not to bring the home or its residents into disrepute.
  • To maintain confidentiality regarding all aspects of care and management of the Home.
  • To inform the General Manager if any serious difficulty or abnormality takes place.
  • To delegate responsibility within legal boundaries.
  • To check all fire equipment weekly and conduct fire drill’s quarterly.
  • To be knowledgeable regarding Health & Safety at work including environmental health.
  • To be knowledgeable with regards to Working Time Directives of 1998.
  • To hold staff meeting when necessary.
  • To ensure on-call cover 24hours by yourself or other senior staff.
  • To market the home to maintain full occupancy.
  • To register as manager with CQC.

Administrative

  • To ensure that all goods and equipment is used within the span of duty and beyond are available.
  • To investigate complaints and follow procedures for their resolution.
  • To be involved in the selection of staff.
  • To prevent all forms of abuse and harassment be it sexual, physical, mental, verbal, racial or financial.
  • To ensure that food is prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.
  • To foster good working relationships.
  • To participate in staff meetings.
  • To be aware of all procedures within the home.
  • To comply with CQC as in the local authority guidelines.
  • To maintain proper and accurate records regarding the residents and other home information.
  • To be knowledgeable regarding the whereabouts of all residents at all times.
  • To bring to the attention of the General Manager any repairs and renewals of fitments and fittings.
  • To resolve problems arising in the home, and if possible, where problems persist, to refer to the relevant person.

Financial

  • To control and manage budgets under your care.
  • To ensure that all residents have what is legally their property.
  • To receive and keep secure any fees received on behalf of the proprietors.
  • To supervise the residents amenities fund.

Clinical

  • To administer medication as prescribed, with proper monitoring of the drug, dosage, time, route and person to whom it is given.
  • To ensure that medication is administered correctly within the bounds of choice, and to monitor for any normal, positive or negative effect of that drug.
  • To deliver care of the highest standard ensuring that skills are maintained by training and following the guidelines of evidence based practice
  • To maintain the highest possible standards of care, safety and comfort of the residents
  • Meet the resident’s nutritional needs
  • Safeguard residents from abuse
  • To have knowledge of and the use of any equipment within the home. To check its usability weekly.
  • To be knowledgeable regarding emergency procedures.
  • To respond to the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental needs of the residents.
  • To liase with residents, staff, GPs and other multi-disciplinary team members to promote good care.
  • To monitor residents hygiene and self care.

Care Planning

  • To influence and monitor care, utilising the nursing process.
  • To write report on daily events.
  • To involve those agencies who have an input into a residents care plan.
  • To ensure that all relevant information is handed over at the change of shifts.

Training

  • To be up to date with recent care developments, attend relevant courses and teach other staff in all aspect of relevant care.
  • To develop training methods for the improvement of residents’ rehabilitative processes, with hands on involvement as required.
  • To teach relevant information and knowledge to other staff.
  • To take part in induction training of all new staff.
  • To participate in and to encourage care studies in order to give a wider understanding of residents’ abilities and problems.
  • To maintain NVQ training with assistance of staff assessors.
  • To ensure training matrix is kept up to date for all staff.

We are looking for a nurse deputy manager to join our fantastic nursing home in Gloucester, recently rated ‘Good’ by CQC. Applicants must have experience in Nursing Homes and leadership qualities. Salary is dependent on experience. Please read through the description, including the employee benefits at the bottom.

Purpose of Position: To support the registered manager in all aspects of the home’s management, including taking complete charge of the home during the absence of the registered manager and sharing the on-call.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance with the management of the day-to-day running of the home
  • Take responsibility for the running of the home in the absence of the registered manager.
  • Help the registered manager with the general management of the home working alongside them at all times.
  • Support the registered manager in his or her duties to ensure the home complies with all health and safety requirements, including the fire safety regulations and procedures.
  • Help the registered manager produce and maintain systems and procedures for auditing and assuring quality of care provided by the home.
  • Share the on-call with the manager.

Assistance with the management of service user care

  • Assist service users with the planning and meeting of their personal care and other needs.
  • Help to provide health supervision and attention through direct nursing care when needed.
  • Be responsible for care planning, monitoring and reviewing arrangements.
  • Help with the formulation of social care and healthcare plans for new service users and with service user reviews.
  • Help to control the issue of drugs for which the home has taken responsibility, to maintain the necessary records and to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the systems for administering medicines.
  • Participate in the development of activities for service users in which they can join and which will enhance their quality of life.
  • Help to ensure that the preparation, cooking and serving of food meet the required standards.

Clinical

  • Administer medication as prescribed in accordance with medication policy and procedure.
  • Deliver care of the highest standard ensuring that skills are maintained by training and following the guidelines of evidence based practice
  • Maintain the highest possible standards of care, safety and comfort of the residents
  • Meet the resident’s nutritional needs
  • Safeguard residents from abuse
  • Ensure safety and suitability of any equipment used
  • Involve other providers in residents care as required.
  • Liaise with families regarding changes in resident care
  • Know what emergency procedures are for our resident group
  • To participate in care planning
  • Manage risk through effective procedures
  • Make sure all relevant information is handed over to next shift
  • Record any accidents, residents or staff, into accident book
  • If a resident has a wound which requires dressing do so in accordance with care plan
  • Any injury acquired by a resident must be attended to following the homes policy
  • To perform other reasonable duties as required.

Assistance with the management of the premises

  • Help to ensure that rooms and common spaces are properly cleaned and maintained and adequately heated.
  • Help to maintain the standards set for the appearance and upkeep of the premises, indoors and outdoors.
  • Manage, as required, any planned maintenance programmes.

Assistance with staff management

  • Supervise and support care and domestic staff contribute to the best of their ability to the efficient running of the home and the creation of the right atmosphere.
  • Participate in staff meetings and in staff supervision, training and development activities.
  • Take responsibility for the management of specific staffing matters as required by the registered manager.

Administration and Finance

  • Help the registered manager with the management of the home’s staffing, financial and material resources, including involvement in staff recruitment and selection.
  • Help the registered manager maintain the administrative systems for keeping records, particularly those required to comply with the current legislation.
  • Help the registered manager to produce and maintain the operational policies and procedures needed to run the home effectively and efficiently and to achieve legal compliance.

We are seeking a full time RGN to join our fantastic team at Brunswick House Nursing Home,in Gloucester, recently rated ‘Good’ by CQC. The team is very experienced and we have many benefits for employees (see below job description). We look forward to hearing from you!

Principal Responsibilities:

  • To promote professional, clinical and holistic care for the residents.
  • To maintain and monitor the health and welfare of the residents
  • To manage the care staff team and allocate duties

Objectives

  • The post holder will be a Registered Nurse with expertise in the care of elderly people, and will form part of the team; they will be responsible for the good management of the Home during his/her span of duty, with regard for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the residents.
  • The philosophy of care is to provide a positive environment in which, as a team, encourage independence for as long as possible, offering support and help to meet individual residents needs whenever necessary.
  • Our fundamental principles are those of personal dignity, privacy and respect as an adult human being with a need for creative activity, priority and fellowship at appropriate times and with the right to be consulted and to choose in all matters affecting his/her health and welfare.

We are looking for a general assistant to support the maintenance of this large purpose built care home in Worcestershire. The applicant should have experience in painting & decorating as well as basic maintenance knowledge.

 

 

We are seeking 3 x care assistants for our nursing home in Poole, Dorset:

  • 1 x full time day carer
  • 1 x full time night carer
  • 1 x 24 hours per week carer

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. To support service users who require your support with washing, dressing and toileting, continence care.
  2. To support service users with limited mobility or physical disabilities.
  3. To care for service users who are unwell in providing bed care where needed.
  4. Participate in social events and in house activities and community activities.
  5. Support service users who are end of life care.
  6. To respond to the call bell system and answering the front door to visitors, answer the telephone as needed.
  7. To make visitors feel welcome offering them beverages and support should they require this.
  8. To read and write reports, daily notes and attend training sessions/meetings when required.
  9. To make and change beds, tidy rooms and general cleaning tasks to include toilet and commode cleaning as required.
  10. To support service users with toileting requirements as needed.
  11. To support service users with nutrition and hydration requirements as needed.
  12. To deliver meals and clean away afterward.
  13. To make safe any area of risk and report immediately, cleaning up spills to avoid risk.
  14. To report any concerns or general feedback to the senior team.
  15. To carry out tasks which occur which may be required according to senior team need as well as service user requirements.

Last week we had a lovely visit from Bodster Equine Centre – Tippy the pony came to see us! So many residents came out to give him a stroke and Tippy was almost asleep at the end of the session. Thanks for the visit Bodster!

To find out more about Blackwater Mill, please visit our webpage by clicking here or our Facebook page by clicking here.