Avon Lodge

Bristol, Bristol

01179 474370

Southey Avenue, Kingswood,
Bristol,
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.

Visitors are welcome at any time, to our ‘home from home’.  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.

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
  • A multi-sensory 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

Activities

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

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I immigrated from South Africa and wanted to work in a dementia nursing home as I had never worked with the elderly before. I wished to gain experience in this field.

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

In South Africa I managed a health screening department in a public company. My team carried out health screening for employees. We collated the data and presented management with the information reflecting the financial impact the health status of their employees had on their company.

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

Understanding of both the caring and business aspect of managing a care home. Having an open door policy for residents, staff and relatives. Having my own clear principles and values and sharing them with colleagues to build a positive and professional culture

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

I enjoy seeing my residents happy and safe and chatting to them. I like to listen to their stories. I enjoy having my staff interact with our residents and having a laugh with them.

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

Adjusting to the role of managing a care home in terms of safeguarding investigations

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Avon Lodge is my passion and the biggest highlight since becoming manager was getting a good CQC result

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Having an in depth knowledge of our residents and staff needs. Embedding a positive culture with praise, recognition and constructive criticism. Patience, knowledge and assertiveness

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

Meals with family and friends, trying out new restaurants, gym and travelling

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

Maintaining and improving our CQC result. Being recognised for the great home we have and the hard work my team do to keep everyone happy and safe

Krishna Mullekkatu Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Moved to Bristol from London

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

Advanced theatre practitioner

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

Responsible and accountable, observant, a good knowledge of medical conditions and dementia, a good listener, customer focussed and a good communicator

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

Assisting a resident to make their day better

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being the Deputy Manager

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

My manager shows all the good qualities you should have

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

Looking after my son and watching movies

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

Residents’ satisfaction

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’.

Mandy Lowther Activities Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I had worked in care many years ago and changed when my children were born. Now that they are all grown up, I decided to come back into care.

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

I worked in a school kitchen full time, which suited family life as I had all the school holidays off.

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

Sense of humour, lots of patience and imagination.

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

Making a difference to someone’s day, seeing them smile and laugh.

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

I think the jobs puts challenges your way every day, encouraging people to take part in activities, thinking of new things to do.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

This job. I have worked for 40 years and this is my dream job.

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

Weekends away with my husband, relax watching TV.

Every day can be different, our residents are all individuals and I look forward to spending time with them

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,
    Bristol, BS15 1QT

    01179 474370