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
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.

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.

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.

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 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

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