Barking Hall

Near Needham Market, Suffolk

01449 720793

Barking Hall,
Barking,
Near Needham Market,
Suffolk,
IP6 8HJ


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Our Home

Barking Hall was opened in 1988 and can provide the very best in either nursing or residential care. The original hall has been tastefully extended with a number of new bedrooms and day areas for residents. The lounges are decorated in an elegant period style allowing residents to relax in absolute comfort or entertain their friends and family. All our bedrooms are en-suite with a telephone and television point provided. Although rooms are fully furnished, we encourage residents to bring with them items of furniture and personal possessions so that their room can be a true ‘home from home’.

The home can accommodate up to 49 residents and is registered to accept nursing and residential residents.  The home attracts those wishing to become permanent residents alongside those requiring short stay provisions.

Barking Hall is situated in the Suffolk village of Barking, less than a mile from Needham Market.  The Home enjoys strong links with the local community and benefits from the amenities available through the use of a minibus. Barking Hall enjoys a quiet location overlooking fields, with the parish church a pleasant distant view. There is an inner courtyard garden, complete with water feature and beautiful shrubs, where residents can enjoy peace and tranquillity in the security of this delightful home.

Facilities

  • 49 beds in a country location
  • Numerous day rooms
  • In house hairdressing salon provides all the usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Specialist equipment if required
  • Catering staff providing delicious meals and snacks throughout the day – special dietary requirements are catered for
  • Close to Needham Market and other local amenities

Activities

A wide range of activities are organised at the home, including:

  • Exercise classes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Fish & chips luncheons
  • Coffee mornings
  • Card games
  • Gardening
  • Sing-Alongs
  • Skittles
  • Baking, cookery and food tastings
  • Cream tea meetings
  • Shopping
  • Ice cream van visits
  • Horse racing nights
Susan Oates Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

The company has a friendly ethos; it comes across as truly caring about it residents and staff unlike larger corporate providers

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

Regional Support Manager for Essex

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

To have patience, be able to work under pressure, go the extra mile regardless. Understand and love people, be able to lead a team, never take anyone or anything for granted. Have a clear picture of what you want to achieve with your home and team.

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

All of it for different reasons

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

All my challenges are different, no one greater or smaller than the other

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Coming to Barking Hall. It is nice after all these years to find a company in current times as friendly as this one, so many out there have lost their way over the years

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Perseverance, patience, compassion, leadership, attention to detail and a love of people. Wanting to do your absolute best for everyone

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

Family, gardening, reading and travel

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

Making Barking Hall a real pleasure to live in for its residents and an amazing place to work for all our lovely employees

Samantha Lilley Business Administrator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

My Grandmother was taken care of in one of our Healthcare Homes. I was taken aback by the love, care and dedication that the team at the said home delivered. They treated each other, residents and guests with dignity and respect, always welcoming and friendly. Nothing was too much.

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

I worked in insurance on leaving school. I then took a voluntary position in a primary school working alongside the reception classes.

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

A good listener, able to communicate well with others. Be kind and sympathetic, listen to others. Be punctual and be able to self-organise and prioritise

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

I love coming in to work and seeing our residents, seeing them taking part in activities enjoying themselves

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

Prioritising workload

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being promoted to Business Administrator from Administrator. Being nominated for a care home award

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Someone who takes time to get to know their residents, resident’s families and staff. Has a day to day positive attitude. Has an open door policy, is happy to invite you in or if busy book an appointment. Someone who is kind, compassionate, available to listen and act if necessary. A manager who looks for development in their team and looks to motivate staff. Be approachable

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

I like to spend time with my family. I enjoy walking my dogs. Playing games with my children

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

I have only been at Barking Hall since early 2018 as I transferred from one of our sister homes. I am really looking forward to getting to know our residents here, their families and staff

Beth Harvey Senior Care Assistant

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I decided to work at Barking Hall as it has a good reputation. I also have lots of care and love to give

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

Before I commenced at Barking Hall I had completed a college course and worked in farming

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

You need to be caring, understanding, patient and be able to work well in a team and show good leadership skills

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

Seeing the residents happy, comfortable and enjoying themselves be it in an activity or with a staff or family member. Their smiles mean everything.

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

I feel happy and comfortable in my current role and am looking for my next challenge. I would like to undertake the Health Care Practitioner training and stretch my knowledge and understanding

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Becoming a senior carer at Barking Hall

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

A good home manager doesn’t just look after residents but staff alike and doesn’t mind helping when needed

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

I am a great outdoor fan, I love being in the countryside with the local community. I enjoy spending time with family and friends

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

I enjoy the care team I work with. The care team are very friendly and help the residents in activities. I enjoy the fun and laughter and happy times with the residents. I am looking forward to progressing my career

Julie Cansdale Registered Nurse

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Lovely, welcoming staff and a picturesque setting

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

District/Community Nurse

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

A good communicator, patient, understanding with good interpersonal skills

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

I enjoy all of my day as the team are a joy to work with. I love hearing residents often coming out with one liners – ‘if you stick any more patches on me, you will be able to post me’

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

Changing role from District Nurse to working in a nursing home, the roles are very different

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Diabetes nurse specialist as an in depth knowledge base supported my role as a nurse for all areas of work

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Approachable, good listener, active and supportive to colleagues and residents

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

Walking and spending time with friends and family

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

Ensuring great care and attention given to residents, chatting to residents and relatives. Being able to give 1:1 care and working with a great team

Kelly Duszynski Trainee Health Care Practitioner

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I liked the friendly, family feel to both homes and the focus on providing a home from home

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

I worked in fashion and retail which I found unfulfilling

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

Patience, understanding, being able to stay calm in stressful or emotional situations. It is also important to have good organisational skills

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

I enjoy seeing the residents being supported to live their lives in a way that makes them happy. Being able to reassure someone that is anxious or sad

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

Taking an active role in the MDT meetings and the organisation of our delirium pathway. I was challenged to organise lots of information and communicate effectively with other professionals

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Gaining a place on the Health Care Practitioner course. I am pleased to be able to develop my career further

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Good listening skills, fairness, be organised and involved with day to day patient care. Someone who is approachable, proactive and positive

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

I love nature and enjoy walking with my husband and greyhound Herbie. I play the flute and like to bake.

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

Seeing the home move forward in to even better times. Having a great reputation in the area.

Wendy Cooke Health Care Assistant

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Good reputation

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

Telesales

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

Be patient, caring and a team player

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

Lunchtime, seeing our residents enjoying their food

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

NVQ Level 2

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Approachable and a good listener

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

Spending time walking my dog

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

Good team work and lovely residents

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    Barking Hall,
    Barking,
    Near Needham Market,
    Suffolk,
    IP6 8HJ

    01449 720793