Ashley Gardens

Maidstone, Kent

01622 761310


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Our Home

Ashley Gardens is in easy reach of local shops and major road routes M2, M20 and A229.

The home provides a secure and safe environment. Accommodation is arranged over three floors, accessible by lifts.  All bedrooms have en-suite facilities.  There are a range of lounge areas; some with televisions where residents can entertain family and friends and others where residents and guests can enjoy quiet time.

Residents and guests can enjoy spending time in the homes’ garden.

Facilities

  • 89 bedrooms
  • A multi-sensory room
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Two activity rooms
  • Two hobby rooms
  • Meals are freshly prepared and special dietary requirements catered for
  • Laundry service
  • Chiropodist, dentist and optician visit by appointment
  • Garden and patio areas

Activities

  • Varied programme for leisure and social pursuits
  • Trips arranged to local attractions
  • Therapeutic and recreational activities arranged
  • Local shopping trips
Jo Mazza Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I came to this role from a regional position as I wanted to be part of a static team and I really enjoy working with Healthcare Homes

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

Field Manager for Innovex (Regional Manager position)

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

Good knowledge and experienced nurse. Empathy and understanding. Team work

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

I couldn’t pick one part of my day that is my favourite as there are so many good elements of my day for different reasons. I love seeing people – staff, residents and visitors smiling and happy

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

My biggest professional challenge has been moving from a managing team of clinical nurse specialists to managing a care home; although there are some generic management skills it is totally different and a very steep learning curve. I also found a big challenge in caring for my Grandad who was a resident in my home for a period of 9 months before he sadly passed away

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

My career highlight to date would be securing an outstanding rating from CQC in responsive and almost getting it in another two domains in this year’s inspection (2018)

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

An important quality working at Ashley Gardens is having a good sense of humour. Understanding and empathetic. Flexible. Creative and not afraid to try new things. Adaptable. Hands on when required.

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

My twins keep me busy most of the time but I do enjoy running and do this three times a week.

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

I enjoy leading an outstanding team of staff knowig that we offer the best provision we can on a daily basis. My team really care about the work they do ans this is reflected in our achievements. I also enjoy being part of a team on a daily basis.

Emily Crockford Administrator

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

Operation Support Grade at HMP Elmlea

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

Be able and willing to undergo training and learn new skills. Be confident and accountable for your own work. Be able to take constructive criticism. Be diverse and know how to prioritise workload

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

Working with people from various workloads and walks of life. No two days are the same

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

My biggest challenge within my role would be front of house location – often has interruptions

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Achieving my NVQ in Business Administration whilst in post

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Be approachable, unbiased, flexible and fair

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

Reading, days out with family and friends and spending quality time with my son

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

The general atmosphere of the home never fails to cheer me up. I have a lovely rapport with all departments – staff and residents will always put a smile on your face

Lynne Lovell Activities Co-ordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

NVQ 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2008

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

I left an EMI residential home as I wanted more interaction and involvement with residents and was ready for a change

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

Deputy Manager of an EMI residential home

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

You have to be open to raising a laugh and making each day new and different for residents. Involve and encourage residents.

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

Seeing smiles on our residents’ faces when they take part in activities and seeing what it brings to their lives

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

Providing activities that would be enjoyed by the residents. Involving them as much as possible in making decisions regarding activities. Encouraging them to take part when they may be reluctant to do so

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being involved with a team that makes a difference to people’s daily lives

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Someone who will listen – have compassion to situations and to be involved with daily goings on in the home – be supportive to staff

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

I am greatly involved in cake decorating and have been for over 30 years now. I also love to travel the world

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

Being part of a team that makes a difference to people’s lives and organising trips out for our residents which they really enjoy

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    Ashley Gardens,
    Sutton Road,
    Maidstone,
    Kent,
    ME15 8RA

    01622 761310