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Avon Lodge

Bristol

01179 474370

Southey Avenue, Kingswood,
Bristol, BS15 1QT


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Our Home

Avon Lodge is a modern and spacious home located in Kingswood, Bristol.  The home is easily accessible by major road routes and public transport.

Experienced registered nurses and care assistants, selected for their skills operate a 24 hour service, delivering a high standard of nursing care to suit the individual.  An experienced Manager and Deputy Manager supervises the day to day running of the home and ensures that the care delivered encompasses social, physical, psychological and environmental needs.

Residents are very welcome to bring personal possessions, such as a favourite table, pictures, a chair and ornaments.  There are a variety of lounge areas, some with TV’s or music where residents can entertain family and friends and some for more quiet enjoyment.

Meals can be taken in one of the dining rooms or in the privacy of their own room.  Laundry services are provided by our housekeeping team.

The latest addition to the home is a garden-based Visiting Pod, which has been constructed to provide a space where residents can stay connected with their loved-ones.

The temporary garden cabin-style structure is equipped with two entrance points, a Perspex screen to separate visitors from residents and an intercom to make communicating easy. The room is also equipped with heating, insulation, fire safety measures and nurse call buttons. To book a visit in the pod, please contact the home manager.

Avon Lodge is situated in the town of Kingswood, in South Gloucestershire.  It has much to offer with a range of local attractions and places to visit whilst the city centre is only 10 minutes away.

Kingswood is ideally placed close to the surrounding areas of Bath, Bristol, Somerset and The Cotswolds so there is something to suit everyone.  Explore the market town, historic buildings, shops and parks such as Southey Park, located opposite the home.  Many of our residents grew up in the area and this park has some significant memories of children playing football and walking their dogs.

Facilities

  • 62 bedrooms
  • Cinema room
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Garden and patio areas
  • Laundry service
  • Two activity rooms
  • Freshly prepared meals with special dietary requirements catered for
  • Chiropodist, dentist and optician visit by appointment
  • A garden-based Visiting pod, to enable residents and relatives to stay connected whilst visiting restrictions apply.

Activities

  • A varied activities programme to suit residents’ interests
  • Visits to local attractions
  • Entertainers, musicians and singers visit the home
Francis De Villa Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

I completed my degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines in 1999 and became a Registered Nurse in the UK in 2005.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

I joined Healthcare Homes in June 2020.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I’d like to accept challenges and I know HCH will support me to grow professionally and be the best person/manager I could be.

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

I was working as deputy manager for 13 years in a care home who has outstanding CQC report and I worked as a registered manager for almost 2 years.

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

I think a person needs to do to be good in my role is to be people’s person, a person that listens and responds to the needs of the people around him. Be 100 % committed to the home and be a genuine person.

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

To be able to help people to the best of my ability and maintain my working relationship with them. To be able to promote and maintain a high standard of person-centred care to the people we are looking after. To see residents enjoying the day with a smile on their faces.

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

COVID 19 impact to the healthcare industry is one of my biggest professional challenge to date. I need to ensure that the home is safe and able to follow strict Infection Prevention and Control whilst making the home as homely as possible to the residents and staff.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

To be part of a team that achieved an OUTSTANDING CQC report and achieved level 1 Kitemark in Dementia Care Matters. The team was solid that we didn’t use agency staff for more than 10 years.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being a genuine caring person that builds a culture of trust not only within the home or company but also with the multi-disciplinary team.

Being positive, kind and firm – regardless of the situation I always see the good things in people and able to empower them.

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

I do play basketball, lawn tennis and table tennis. I have an interest in politics, current events and I do like trainers.

I do unwind just being with friends and my family.

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

I enjoy my daily meeting with staff as it gives me the opportunity to communicate with them and discuss our priorities.

I also enjoy talking to care staff and encourage them to give their ideas to improve the resident’s care and their environment.

Seeing the residents being part of the activities of daily living in the home, occupied and showing signs of WELLBEING.

Margarita Valevska Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Healthcare Homes came across to me as a very good organisation. It’s a privilege to work for the company.

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

I am a registered Nurse with a background in hospitals and care homes.

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

To be passionate and to have skills and knowledge. Healthcare Homes is a very rewarding career.

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

Seeing the difference we make to the older generation with dementia and making them happy.

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

To attract and recruit the right people and develop existing staff in a new role.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Working towards NVQ Level 5 qualification.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

I believe we have to do things differently, innovate, if not working to try something else instead.

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

Spending time with my family.

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

I am looking forward to working with residents, staff and the community to deliver outstanding care.

Rachael Watkins Administrator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

To work in a dementia care home with a mentor who encouraged me to work in care

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

Health Care Assistant in a nursing home. A PA to a local housing manager

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

Have the ability to multi-task and of course keep a smile on your face at all times

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

The afternoon, when all the staff are in, the residents are settled and enjoying the activities and are content

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

Transition – from being a stay at home Mum to getting a new identity back – working in a busy office and caring for all our lovely residents

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

From working in a nursery school after having children to getting back to where I belong and am happy in an office environment

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

The ability to listen, be people orientated as well as having to wear a business hat at the same time

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

Relax at home, walks in the fresh air, watching films and looking after my dog, cat and rabbit

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

Meeting new people from all walks of life, with life stories to tell and learn from. Being rewarded with their smiles, to be part of ‘our home’.

Craig Johnson Maintenance

Please detail any relevant education/training

Educated at the University of Life.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

August 2020.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I needed a new challenge in life.

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

I was working for Airbus building and fitting interiors to aircraft before COVID took over and put me out of work.

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

A person needs to be a quick and positive thinker, and be able to think outside the box.

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

All day is my favourite, you never know when the next challenge will arrive.

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

My biggest personal challenge was managing a team of people to build a helicopter from military format to VIP standard.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Seeing the helicopter take its maiden flight before being delivered to its new owner.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

A person who communicates with his/her staff and residents in a confident and friendly manner.

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

I ride motorcycles, I enjoy walking my dog and I like an occasional beer.

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

I look forward to the challenges that come forth every day.

Paul Britton Head chef

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

A fresh challenge

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

Head chef for Four Seasons Healthcare

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

Dedication, hard work and man-management skills

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

Getting feedback from the residents and being able to do food activities with them

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

Managing the opening of the kitchen at Avon Lodge from scratch

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Maintaining 5 stars for food and safety for nearly 10 years. Being able to do a job I love

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Communication, man-management and listening to others

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

Cooking, reading and being a Father

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

Being able to improve our residents’ quality of life

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    Southey Avenue, Kingswood,
    Bristol, BS15 1QT

    01179 474370