Aldringham Court

Aldringham, Suffolk

01728 832191

Aldeburgh Road
Aldringham
Suffolk, IP16 4QF


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Our Home

Aldringham Court is a unique ‘art nouveau’ building set in three acres of well-maintained gardens and woodland. Surrounded by spectacular rhododendron bushes, the grounds abound in wildlife with doves, pheasants and even muntjacs. The spacious accommodation includes a beautiful conservatory overlooking the woodland setting, dining room and a quiet reading room. The luxury bedrooms, many of which are en-suite and have garden views with a terrace, have the added security of a nurse call system. All rooms are fully furnished but we welcome as little or as much of your own furniture as you wish.

The home has recently been extended and can now accommodate up to 45 residents.  The home is registered to accept residents requiring nursing and residential care.  The tranquil location is ideal for those considering short stay, holiday or respite periods.

The home is situated in a beautiful location near Aldeburgh, home of Benjamin Britten and the famous Aldeburgh Music Festival. It is only two miles from the wonderful Suffolk Heritage Coast where residents regularly go for outings. Although ideal for residents wishing a quiet, peaceful location, the Home also encourages participation with the local community and organises an annual summer fete and Christmas sherry party.

Facilities

  • 45 beds in country location which include 11 newly constructed single en-suite rooms
  • Numerous day rooms
  • Dining room
  • Conservatory
  • Special diets catered for
  • Visiting optician, dentist, hairdresser, chiropodist, physiotherapist and aromatherapist
  • Spacious landscaped gardens and woodland
  • The home has its own minibus to assist residents to access facilities
  • Close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and many other attractions
  • Active in the local community with annual fetes and events

Activities

A wide range of activities are organised at the home, including:

  • Singing group
  • Day trips to local attractions
  • Boat trips
  • Bingo
  • Pub luncheons
  • Cookery
  • Worldwide visit slideshows
  • Church services
  • Exercise classes
  • Residents groups
  • Knit and natter
  • Musical entertainment
  • Arts and crafts
  • Movement and music
  • Indoor darts
  • Indoor bowling
  • Movie afternoons
  • Games – Play your cards right
  • One to one activities
  • Pamper sessions
Tracey Cumby Home Manager

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First Level Registered Nurse

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

February 2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

I wanted to work for a company where quality care is the priority and the residents are at the heart of everything we do.

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes 

I trained as a nurse when I was 18 and have had a variety of roles both in the NHS & private sector. I began as a junior Staff Nurse & worked my way up to Matron in an independent community hospital specialising in palliative care and acquired brain injuries. After I had my son Toby (who is now 12) I worked for NHS Norfolk in Continuing Healthcare, commissioning complex care packages for people living in their own homes & care homes. This is where my interest in managing care homes developed & I first became a registered manager of a nursing home in 2013.

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

Excellent communication skills. Listen to the residents & staff. Ensure that residents are at the heart of everything we do.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

Spending time with the residents listening to their life stories and opinions on the home & their care. When I get snowed under with paper in the office I like to get out and be with the residents to remind me why I’m doing it! I love to be involved in hands on care every day.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

The biggest challenge has been to adapt to the ever changing needs of health & social care. To be able to meet the expectations of governing bodies within a limited budget without compromising on the quality of care we deliver to our residents.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Nothing will ever beat the pride of being presented with my registered nurse qualification and wearing my silver belt buckle with pride.

The other would be throwing away those ridiculous hats!

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Fair, honest approach. Good communicator. Able to recognize the strengths of individuals within the team and help them to grow.

Be open to new ideas and learn from others. Positive attitude.

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?

I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy walking my dog, going to see a show or curling up with a good book.

What do you enjoy/are you looking forward to the most about working at this care home?

Being part of a caring team and empowering staff and residents to move the home forward to become an outstanding place to live and work.

Elena Dolniceanu Deputy manager

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NVQ3 in Health and Social Care.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

Sept 2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

A good company to work for, a homely feeling and beautiful grounds at Aldringham Court.

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?

I started as a Carer in a private care home, attended all the training available, completed NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care and then promoted to Senior Carer.

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

To care first of all. To be empathetic, to listen to the residents and staff, to be flexible.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

Any time of the day when I get to put a smile on a resident’s face.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

Earning the trust and support from other work colleagues.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Becoming the Deputy Manager at Aldringham Court, learning new skills to carry out the role.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

I have the wellbeing of the residents at the centre of my heart. I am a good listener, calm and supportive.

What do you enjoy/are you looking forward to the most about working at this care home?

Spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking and reading.

Spending time with the residents, making a difference in their lives.

Dawn Culf Team Leader/Head Senior

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I had always worked in care for children but wished to care for the older generation. Healthcare Homes is prominent in the local community.

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?

Higher level teaching assistant

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

To be compassionate, have empathy and be willing to adapt to any aspect and role when required

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

Getting the residents up and making them smile at the start of the day

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

To prove that I am able to do many tasks and be given the recognition.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being promoted to team leader and taking part in the Health Care Practitioner course

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

A good home manager has to finely juggle business and empathy. To be there for staff, residents and owners

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?

I unwind with friends, family and by gardening. I enjoy the countryside and coastal scenery

What do you enjoy/you looking forward to most about working at this care home?

Completing my Health Care Practitioner course and utilising new skills within the care home. Working closely with the team

Elaine Holmes Activities Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I have always found and really enjoyed working with the elderly. It is so rewarding. I love my role.

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?

Activities/Health Care Assistant – Cottage Hospital

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

To be kind, compassionate and understanding. To have a good understanding of dementia and the needs of the very ill and frail. To have an understanding of equality and diversity.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

I love to go in to our resident’s rooms for one-to-one talks. I also enjoy organising entertainment and watching and taking part.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

Changing from care to activities

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Getting the home ready for Christmas and organising events for our residents

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

To be kind, compassionate and understanding. Be a good listener and a good role model for our team

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?

Walking, gardening, crafting, sewing, crochet, knitting, swimming and spending time with family

What do you enjoy/you looking forward to most about working at this care home?

Making a difference to an individual’s day; just a little smile or reassurance

Ian Millband Chef

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

The home’s reputation and the hours offered were well suited to my family life

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?

I have been a chef for 10 years

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

Organisation, preparation and time management are key

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

Lunchtime – I love seeing residents enjoying their meals

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

Learning diets, likes and dislikes of our residents

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Working a 2 rosette hotel

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Caring, pro-active and approachable

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?

Listening to music, playing computer games and spending time with my children

What do you enjoy/you looking forward to most about working at this care home?

The friendly staff at Aldringham Court

Lee Wyard Maintenance

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Change in career

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?

Metal work engineering

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

Good communication skills. Organised with the ability to prioritise workload. Meet deadlines.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

Interacting with our residents, putting a smile on their face and carrying out my work to the best of my ability

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

Changing career pathway

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Seeing the smiles on the faces of our residents

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Good communication skills with staff, residents, relatives and other agencies. Being a leader to promote the business but to have the residents’ best interests and safety as paramount. Also to boost staff morale and work as part of a team.

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?

Camping in my VW van. Motorcycles and socialising with friends and family

What do you enjoy/you looking forward to most about working at this care home?

Seeing our residents happy

Nicola Phillips Business Support

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?

Business support manager for Suffolk County Council

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?

Organisational skills, be methodical, polite and with a holistic approach

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?

The whole day – time just flies

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?

My biggest challenge was steering and supporting my teams of administrators through structural change in my past role whilst trying to ensure morale was maintained and deadlines still met even though there was uncertainty of staff remaining employed

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

From starting off as a receptionist and working my way up to be a business support manager and a career with Suffolk County Council spanning 20 years

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Having the ability to lead and develop the business, to communicate effectively, form a bond and gain the confidence of your workforce. An individual able to liaise with residents, relatives and other professional bodies. To wear a smile on your face even through the most difficult of challenges

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?

Meeting up with friends and family, foreign travel, gardening and decorating

What do you enjoy/you looking forward to most about working at this care home?

Seeing our residents each morning when I arrive. Learning new skills and developing my career should the opportunity arise

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    Aldeburgh Road
    Aldringham
    Suffolk, IP16 4QF

    01728 832191