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Ashley Gardens

Maidstone, Kent

01622 761310

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


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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.

Maidstone if the county town of Kent and known as the Garden of Eden.  In the local area, we have so many areas to visit such as Leeds Castle which is only a 10 minute drive from the home.

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

  • Music 4 Health
  • Electronic prize bingo
  • Electronic dog racing
  • Musical entertainment from Elvis to opera
  • Arts and crafts
  • 1:1’s
  • Book club
  • Pub lunch club
  • Gentleman’s club
  • Ladies pampering
  • Supermarket and in-house bakery
  • Private dining
  • Arts and crafts
  • Film afternoons
  • Virtual reality activities
  • Wish wall
  • Board games
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. Teamwork.

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

Vik Seedheeyan Deputy Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

Diploma in Nursing- University of Surrey.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

April 2020.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I found Healthcare home to be very organized and provided great services.

The Home Manager and staff are very caring and professional.

I fell very welcome and supported.

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

Previously I worked in a private Neuro Rehabilitation hospital for over 20 years and the last post was that of Director of Nursing.

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

Professional, good time management and organizational skills, clinical skills, people management skills.

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

When we have our daily meetings, a representative from each team is able to attend and discuss issues as well as positive events.

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

In my career, recruitment has been an issue due to fewer nurses wanting to go into the private sector.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

In my previous job, I managed to develop several tools for assessments and reporting which enhanced the standards.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Patience, good listener, good organizational skills, good knowledge of the organization’s policies and procedures.

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

I like music and singing, spending time with family/relatives, cycling.

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

Learning more about the running of the home, working closely with Home Manager.

Liz Brown Head Housekeeper

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2014.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

Wished for a change in career.

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

Assistant Manager in retail.

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

Be good at their job.

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

All-day – talking to residents – I enjoy seeing them.

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

Working with dementia as this was new to me.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Becoming an Assistant Manager in my previous role.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being a people person and involving yourself in the home.

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

Looking after my grandchildren, cinema and trips to London.

I enjoy being part of a team and being with the residents.

Sandra East Administrator

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2016

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

I wanted to work in a more caring environment.

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

Manager of a large beauty salon where I managed a team of 10 therapists and dealt with ordering/retail.

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

Highly organised with good customer service skills.

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

I enjoy showing prospective clients around the home and interacting with relatives and residents.

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

Having taken over as administrator two months ago, learning new payroll systems.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Taking over as administrator.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Always having an open door policy

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

Reading, cinema and spending time with my two grandchildren.

I enjoy the sense of family and that despite some challenges, everyone faces everyday with kindness and humour.

Aaron Clarke Maintenance

Please detail any relevant education/training

P.A.T portable appliance testing training.

Perilously trained in care work.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

October 2018.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I started in a community as a carer, then moved on to a small care home and because I liked working in healthcare, I decided to challenge myself in a larger home with various residents needing more support.

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

Night carer and community carer.

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

Be good in preventive planning.

hard worker.

Good communication and able to work with others.

Problem-solving.

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

Doing my job as maintenance and be able to bring a smile to the resident and making their day just by talking to them.

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

Going from night carer to maintenance as this is a very demanding job and I do like to problem solve.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Becoming a maintenance man for healthcare homes, this is a big change in my career, I been working at Ashley Garden nearly 2 years this October coming.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Good communication, leadership skills, confidence and good knowledge of the home and caring for staff and good listening skills.

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

Spending time with my family at the weekends. And family holidays.

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

I enjoy seeing the residents happy, and I like to continue to bring them happiness and improving the quality of the home.

Bobby-Anne Watson Activities Coordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care.

Currently completing my (on hold due to Covid) level 3 certificate in Health & Social Care.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

April 2018.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Volunteered here for 6 months with activities. Loved it!

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

Was in full-time education at MidKent College.

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

They need to be confident, not afraid to make a fool of themselves, friendly and well organised.

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

2:30, we either have singles or entertainment starting around then, or the in house activities are in full swing.

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

My level 3 certificate.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Having a team that is willing to work to the best of their ability.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Understanding, authoritative and caring.

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

Seeing friends, I also love a beer garden.

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

Working with a good team, ensuring the residents get the most of what we can offer.

Wesley Brooks Kitchen Manager

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2016

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

Head chef

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

Good communication and to be part of a team.  To lead by example and to be personally driven.

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

The end of the day when you can be proud of what you have achieved as a team.  To recognise individual performances and give praise.

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

Taking over a restaurant which was poorly performing.  Customer satisfaction was low and sales decreasing along with targets and budgets not being met.   Within 12 months sales increased with customer returns continuing to grow.  Budgets and targets were being hit and audits were above 95%

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being promoted to a flagship restaurant which had yearly sales of £400,000

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Time for others and being understanding of individual’s needs.  Also being firm but fair.

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

I spend a lot of time with my children who always brighten up my day; time at the park and doing activities with them.  I enjoy watching most sports.

My ambition is to become more senior within the Healthcare Homes Group.  To oversee our kitchens within and to have an active part in achieving great standards and quality presented food for all our residents needs.

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

    01622 761310