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Beaumont Park

Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

01767 313131

Beaumont Park,
Shortmead Street,
Biggleswade,
Bedfordshire,
SG18 0AT

Key Facts

Our Home

Beaumont Park care home is a beautiful Victorian double-fronted house, which has retained many interesting architectural details, yet has been modernised to provide a high quality nursing and residential care environment for up to 37 residents. It exudes a warm, homely atmosphere where many people tell us they instantly feel at ease.

Set in the town of Biggleswade, Beaumont Park is located in an idyllic position with extensive landscaped gardens; a feature that distinguishes it from other care homes in Bedfordshire. A large ornamental pond, stocked with Koi Carp, provides an attractive focal point and the diversity of colourful shrubs and plants give year round colour. Dappled shade is provided by many mature trees of varying species. Almost every room at Beaumont Park enjoys a view of these lovely grounds, ensuring peace and quiet for residents and visitors alike.

The rooms are elegant, bright and charming; and in warmer weather residents and their visitors can enjoy the large conservatory and terrace. Bedrooms are particularly spacious and fully furnished, but we encourage residents to bring their own items of furniture and personal possessions so that their room becomes an individual retreat.

The home also features a garden-based cabin, equipped with two entrance points, protective Perspex screens, intercom system, heating/insulation, and a nurse call button. This facility allows us to provide greater capacity for visits by friends and relatives when we are not able to meet visiting needs within the home.  Strict infection control procedures are maintained to keep all our residents staff and visitors safe.

Facilities

  • 37 bedrooms
  • High quality nursing and residential care
  • Visiting optician, dentist and chiropodist
  • In-house hairdressing salon offering usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Large conservatory, terrace and lounge areas
  • Special dietary requirements catered for
  • Idyllic position with extensive landscaped grounds
  • A garden-based Visiting pod, to enable residents and relatives to stay connected whilst visiting restrictions apply.

Activities

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

  • Bingo
  • Indoor skittles
  • Annual BBQ
  • Outside entertainers
  • Fish & chip dinners
  • Church lunches
  • Trips to town
  • Pamper days
  • Big Tea day
Jeanette Whitbread Home Manager
  1. Please detail any relevant education/training

Registered Manager Award, qualified auditor.

  1. Year started working at Healthcare Homes

February 2021.

  1. Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I have worked in the charitable sector for the majority of my professional career and have worked with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and mental health and wanted to go back to working with older persons.  I have come full circle as 30 years ago my first job in social health care was as a nursing auxiliary in a nursing home which I loved.

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

I was a Quality Business Partner and I travelled around the whole country inspecting and auditing supported living homes, nursing homes and residential homes.  I carried out this role for 2 years and although I loved the role the travelling and staying away from home became tiresome.  Prior to that role I have held several registered manager posts within various settings.

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

To be passionate about the work they carry out, to listen, to adapt to any situation and to continue to develop professional skills to remain up to date.

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

Favourite part of the day is when I arrive at work and I go to everyone’s bedrooms to say hello and to check if they are okay and had a good night’s sleep.  1-1 time with each resident is very important and it sets me up for the day ahead.

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

Biggest challenge was when I was given 3 months to save a nursing home from closure in my previous role as a QBP.  We achieved the goal as a team and we worked relentlessly to ensure the home could be saved for the residents who lived there.

  1. What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Seeing the look of joy and relief on the residents faces when we saved the nursing home from closure.  I will always remember the tears of joy and the feeling it left with me.

  1. What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

To be patient, fair, to listen and really hear what is being said, make difficult decisions and have difficult conversations when they are needed, be part of the team, roll your sleeves up and work alongside the team so that good practice is embedded in the home.

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

Spending time with my granddaughter she keeps me on my toes and keeps me young!  Socialising with my friends, spending time away in my caravan with my husband and Luis the French bulldog!!

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

Looking forward to working with the team to make a difference.  To enrich the lives of the residents who’s home it is and it is a pleasure to be invited into their home to ensure they receive the highest quality of care.

Annette Lenton Business Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

I have over 40 years of in-office experience in various companies.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

July 2001

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

A new challenge in a permanent role, also I previous experience in homecare.

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

Previously a PA to a managing director of a large construction company, including 15 years experience in Human Resources, or as it was known the Personal Department.

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

Flexible, hands on and supportive to all the team.

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

Helping all residents and families on a daily basis adjust to life in a caring environment.

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

Challenges come in different shapes and sizes in all jobs. I had 5 years as a Tour Guide at the Greene King Brewery, I was shown how the brewing process works as well as how to properly meet and greet the general public, groups and societies.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Working in many varied industries throughout my working life and enjoying each of the roles in different ways.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Always willing to listen and staying supportive.

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

Gardening and holidays.

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

When you walk through the door there is always new challenges, one day is never the same.

 

Helen Keegan Activities Coordinator

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

December 2011

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Career change.

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

Pre-School Practitioner.

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

For my role you need a good sense of humour. It is very important to be patient, adaptable, understanding and caring with a friendly approach.

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

Making a difference to the residents, improving their wellbeing and making them smile.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Keeping all my residents happy with activities, events and outings of their choice.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Good knowledge of their staff and a friendly approach

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

Socialising, holidays, theatre trips and reading.

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

Making a difference to my residents and seeing them enjoying life to the best of their abilities.

Jonathon Egan-Wyer Maintenance

Coming soon!

Glenn Barrable Head Chef

Please detail any relevant education/training

706-1, 706-2 Level 3 Larder

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

May 2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Always loved the feel of care homework and knowing of healthcare homes was a perfect fit for me.

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

Previously head chef at a local public bar in Woburnsands

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

You must have a passion to produce good, flavoursome food that is visually appealing. Also to enjoy the simple things like a thumbs up is excellent feedback.

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

Service time being in close proximity to those being served: picking up on any feedback and seeing their response is my favourite part.

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

Anything that has pushed me to an extreme, like providing a 5-course meal for a wedding party of 65 alone (due to sickness), looking back I can say… I did that.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Working with Peter Chandler at Paris House, whenever I could and whenever asked. The man was a legend and will never be forgotten.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

To have a great overview and to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to make a great picture.

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

Carp fishing with a passion.

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

A new challenge, making sure all dietary requirements are looked after on a 1 to 1 basis and getting to know all of the guests on a personal basis.

Sam Screen Housekeeper

Please detail any relevant education/training

I was a housekeeper for five years for Wetherspoons and Holiday Inn.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

1st June 2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I wanted to go back to the job I love and really enjoyed.

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

I was a carer for adults with learning disabilities.

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

They need to listen and be supportive of the team.

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

Seeing the residents after cleaning their room.

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

I was a housekeeper at a Wetherspoons, it was a very small hotel and it had some challenges.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Working here and being head housekeeper.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being understanding as well as good knowledge of the staff.

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

I enjoy reading, holidays and spending time with my family.

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

Seeing the residents and the staff, as well as the amazing building.

Rachel Howlett Activities Coordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

Nothing special for this particular job apart from the care certificate training when I first started.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I wanted a change of job after doing the same one for 25 years and I enjoy working with the elderly.

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

I was a lighting operator in a west end theatre.

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

Be caring, practical, organised, flexible and able to turn your hand to lots of things.

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

Talking to the residents and finding things to do with them that they enjoy.

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

Seeing residents decline in their health and abilities and finding ways to include them.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Singing along with the residents and entertainer and seeing them enjoy themselves.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

You need to care about the residents and staff, as well as listen to their suggestions and concerns.

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

I enjoy baking, reading, writing, walking and musical theatre.

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

I like spending time with the residents and I am always looking forward to taking the residents on visits outside the care home.

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    Beaumont Park,
    Shortmead Street,
    Biggleswade,
    Bedfordshire,
    SG18 0AT

    01767 313131