Blandford Grange

Blandford Forum, Dorset

01258 458214

Milldown Road
Blandford Forum,
Dorset, DT11 7DE


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Our Home

Blandford Grange is a modern, purpose built care home, tastefully decorated, providing a warm, friendly and welcoming environment.

People living at Blandford Grange can receive residential care and support with or without nursing depending on their individually assessed needs and to promote and encourage independence.  The staff team supervised by our experienced Manager operate a 24-hour service ensuring that the care delivered encompasses social, physical, psychological and environmental needs.

Facilities

  • 63 en-suite bedrooms with access to the secured gardens from ground floor rooms
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Laundry service
  • Home-style food produced daily and special dietary requirements met
  • Chiropodist, dentist and optician visit by appointment

Activities

A well thought out activities programme lies at the heart of our home aiming to meet various interests and the physical and psychological well-being of our residents.  This includes engaging group visits from various local musicians, artists, therapy sessions with animals and access to the sensory room.  One to one sessions are arranged for residents who are unable to attend group sessions.

The local area has plenty on offer for visiting relatives and friends ranging from a visit to the quintessential English market to a walk in the beautiful countryside with magnificent views over the nearby villages from Hambledon Hill.

Tilla Wagner Home Manager

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

I was looking for a new challenge and while I was waiting for my interview, I saw in the reception area, ‘Caring is at the heart of everything we do’.  The way staff members in the home dealt with visitors while I was waiting reflected this was not just a saying on the wall.

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

You must have a caring nature and the ability to look at every situation from various angles.  You need to be able to listen to others, have empathy and be able to multi-task.  Good organisational skills are essential.

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

Walking in through the door every morning with anticipation, knowing that the day will be totally different from the day before.  It is great to reflect at the end of each day knowing you have played a part in keeping the wheels turning in the home to keep our residents and staff happy and safe.

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

My biggest challenge in my current role is knowing that Rome was not built in a day!

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Receiving an outstanding in care in my very first CQC inspection as a home manager made me very proud of my team and what we had achieved

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

The ability to really listen, to stay positive no matter what the day brings and being there for your team.  Running a home is not just about managing the building, budgets and regulations.  It is about building trust between yourself and the staff, residents and relatives working together to create a safe and happy environment to live and work in.

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

Spending time with my family and three very lively cocker spaniels. Picking up my knitting, crochet or sewing helps me to unwind.

I would like Blandford Grange to be at the heart of the local community offering a home where residents, relatives and staff feel valued and appreciated and to be a home where people would like to live or to come and work.

Sanin Vanparambil Deputy Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

March 2016

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

Natural transition from Lifestyle Care to Healthcare Homes

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

Registered Nurse

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

Previous experience in a care home environment, ability to learn and adapt, be self-motivated, have a positive attitude, a proactive approach, work as part of a team, ability to solve problems and achieve results.  Be able to maintain good and effective relationships with all aspects of the business, have good oral and written communication skills and good presentation skills.

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

I do not have a particular day or time as every day is different with new challenges.

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

In my current role, the biggest challenge is to assist the manager to turnaround the CQC rating of our home from the current status

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

To be promoted as the Deputy Manager of the home

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

A positive attitude, empathy, honesty, patience, accountability, prioritisation, warmth and competence

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

Spending time with my family and playing cricket

I enjoy working at Blandford Grange.  It is more like a second home to me.  I look forward to the future.

Debbie Hunter Head Housekeeper

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

When I came for my interview I immediately felt at home

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

Mother of four children. Horticulturist

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

A sense of humour is a must. You must be flexible and have a friendly disposition. A smile goes a long way. An eye for detail

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

My favourite part is when I walk around the floors first think in the morning and seeing and speaking with residents

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

My biggest challenge was taking on the Head Housekeeper role from being a domestic. I love to learn new skills and I can safely say I learn something new every day

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Taking the role of Head Housekeeper and implementing changes to make the department more efficient

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Being approachable is very important. To be firm but fair. A good manager should provide support for staff and residents

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

I like reading and working in my garden

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

I love the atmosphere here. I am always busy which is very important to me. I also like the fact that training is offered and you are always encouraged to do your best

Babs Mitchell Administrator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

The home was a new build in the area, a new venture in Blandford that I wished to be part of developing

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

Branch accountant

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

Have lots of patience, be able to work unsupervised and be conscientious

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

Meet and greet. First port of call and making visitors feel welcome

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

Being in the home from the start. Setting up new systems.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Moving from manual timesheets to wages on coldharbour

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Good people management, understanding and empathy. Good organisational skills. Be assertive when required

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

Reading, travel and family

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

Not knowing what the day will bring. There is never a dull moment. I work with a good team

Sharon Cork Head Chef

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I wanted to get back in to good old fashioned cooking

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

Head chef/Manager at a school for autistic children

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

Be passionate about your role, have very high standards and enjoy what you are doing. Be adaptable, reliable and friendly

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

Serving lunches to residents and receiving feedback from them. Seeing residents enjoying their meals.

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

Making the decision to move to the care sector from the education sector. As it has turned out, it has been the best decision I have ever made

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Preparing food for Princess Anne

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Approachable, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy

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

I enjoy watching rugby and watching my son play rugby. I also enjoy music and playing darts

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

I enjoy seeing residents and relatives enjoying their meals as it is a major part of their every day lives at Blandford Grange

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    Milldown Road
    Blandford Forum,
    Dorset, DT11 7DE

    01258 458214