Ashley Court

Poole, Dorset

01202 715902

Ashley Court
6-10 St Peters Road
Poole,
Dorset, BH14 0PA


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Our Home

Ashley Court has a calm and tranquil atmosphere; an ideal home for those looking for a comfortable and safe place to live.

The home is easily accessible by road, bus and rail.  Ashley Court has local facilities close by.

Accommodation is spacious with well-furnished lounge areas and dining rooms providing space for residents to relax, enjoy activities and entertain guests.  All bedrooms are for single occupancy with en-suite facilities.  The home is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy; easily accessible by foot and by wheelchair.

Facilities

  • 60 en-suite bedrooms over three floors
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Activities that are person-centred to your needs
  • Sensory based activities
  • Landscaped gardens with raised flower beds, summer house, fish pond and a green house
  • Freshly cooked meals; special dietary requirements catered for
  • Chiropodist, dentist and optician visit by appointment
  • Laundry service

Activities

  • Varied programme of social and leisure pursuits arranged in-house and externally
  • Trips arranged to visit local attractions including Poole Harbour, Poole Quay and the local Sandbanks beach and cafe
  • Musicians, entertainers. singers and animal therapy visit the home
  • Fortnightly visits from Jolly Morning Club (Mums and babies)
  • Monthly flower arranging
  • Weekly trips out for coffee/lunch (person centred)
  • Monthly residents trips with picnic lunch
  • Monthly gentle chair exercise session with Vitality Care
  • Sensory relaxation sessions with soft music and gentle hand massage
  • Various other activities are available
Rachel Bedford Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Good reputation, I liked the ethos of the home and I wanted a new challenge. There was a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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

I have been a home manager for 11 years, and in the care sector for 18 years. I previously managed a 50 bed care home in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

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

You need to be passionate about your job and have a caring attitude. You need to be a people’s person, be a good listener and show empathy. Organisation is a must.

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

I enjoy talking to our residents, families and staff. Making improvements so the residents enjoy living here and staff enjoy working here

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

Managing a nursing home; I previously managed care homes but in the residential sector only. I like a challenge and I had my first CQC inspection in October 2017 and we received a good rating

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Winning the best care home award from a group of 40 homes in November 2015

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Patience, understanding, a good listener, empathetic, sociable, caring, organised, eye to detail and taking constructive criticism on board and improving where required

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

Walking, cycling, reading, paddle boarding, swimming, spending time with family and enjoying my home

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

I enjoy all aspects of my role, I enjoy talking to residents, families and staff. Making improvements. It feels like a home from home

Ancy Shaji Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

A good reputation and I wished to try something different and work in a home environment

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

Staff nurse in charge of a ward in hospital. I commenced at Ashley Court as clinical lead and RGN

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

A good listener, good with people, up to date on skills and knowledge within the role, up to date with regulations and changes, supportive, empathetic and understanding

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

Seeing the residents and families happy, receiving good feedback about the high standards of care. Going home knowing I have done the best for the home

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

Becoming the deputy manager at Ashley Court, learning new skills to carry out the role

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Promotion to deputy manager and achieving a good CQC rating

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Patience, understanding, a good listener, empathetic and supportive

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

Colouring, reading, music and spending time with family

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

The happy, friendly environment and the people

Marina Judina Administrative Assitant

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I decided to work for Healthcare Homes because I wanted to become part of a successful company providing excellent care for residents

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

Catering supervisor

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

Excellent customer service skills, attention to detail and organisational skills

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

Meeting and greeting visitors and families

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

The greatest challenge I have faced in my career is playing a key role in opening three new restaurants in a fast-growing company. Being part of a successful management team bringing business success and a huge profit in a short period of time.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Changing my career path dramatically from working the catering industry to work in the care sector

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Communication, confidence, problem solving, attention to detail, delegating effectively and motivating everyone

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

I love spending time with my son, relaxing on the beach, riding my bike in the forest and going to the cinema

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

I really enjoy working at this home, I am looking forward to progress and growth within the company. Hoping to get an ‘outstanding’ in our next CQC inspection

Alison Hardy Activities Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

My initial application was for kitchen assistant. Due to my personality, I was assured I would make a successful Health Care Assistant and I took this role.

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

My working life has mainly been around catering. My mother in law had her own business and we catered for a large well-known boat builders for 7 years

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

In my role, an abundance of motivation is required and communication is paramount. A bright, bubbly personality also helps and knowing when to showcase it. Anything can happen within a planned activity so the ability to change an activity at the last minute is a must.

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

My favourite part of the day is when I am carrying out a meaningful activity whether this be group or one-to-one and seeing smiles on our residents’ faces

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

The biggest challenge for me was the transition from Health Care Assistant to Activities Co-ordinator.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

The very first summer fete I was asked to organise. This was no easy task. The sense of achievement that I felt after the fete was incredible as we also managed to raise a large sum of money for our residents comfort fund

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

An individual who is detail orientated but able to handle frequent interruptions and has the ability to react to any given situation quickly. Has to show patience and understanding and ensure the very best for residents and staff alike to keep the home running smoothly and to a high standard.

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

My way of unwinding is listening to music. I enjoy word puzzles as they keep the brain active. I most enjoy seeing my family, in particular my two daughters and my two grandsons

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

Seeing the residents happy and smiling makes my job worthwhile and long may it continue

Julian Popa Maintenance

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Wanted a change in career

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

Supervised in construction

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

Good knowledge about the role, and a wide range of skills, Good time keeping, reliable, Good communication, Good organization, Sociable

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

My day is full of challenging tasks, I would say it is difficult to decide on a favorite part as I enjoy it all.

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

Probably not being able to get on and complete the jobs, I know I can do, and have the knowledge to do, but regulations do not allow.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being able to manage the daily challenges I face. Maintaining high standards of the homes environment and being told by others that the home is to good standards.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Leadership and organization skills

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

Spending quality time with my family

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

Homely environment, welcoming and the people

Peter Goodwin Head chef

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

To go in to full time work and to bring new ideas to the home

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

Chef at a nursing home and agency chef in Poole and Bournemouth

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

Smartly dressed. To know all health and safety food preparation and cooking. Be well-liked by residents. Listening to residents’ likes and dislikes. Cater for all allergies and special requirements

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

Lunchtime – this is when I usually go around the home asking the residents if they are happy with their meals and to see if they require anything in addition

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

When I won a gold medal at Hotel Olympia when I was in the Royal Navy

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

When I was promoted to Area Catering Manager in the Royal Mail

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Smart. Easy to contact if any difficulties. Open door policy

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

I am a priest in a catholic Church and take communion as well as christenings, blessings and funerals. I like to go out to different restaurants

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

I like to see happy, smiling residents and family members. To cheer them up with the different bandanas I wear. I love to make special birthday cakes for residents.

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    Ashley Court
    6-10 St Peters Road
    Poole,
    Dorset, BH14 0PA

    01202 715902