Blandford Grange

Blandford Forum, Dorset

01258 458214


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Our Home

Blandford Grange specialises in both nursing and dementia care.  The home offers a comfortable living environment for residents with en-suite facilities, well-furnished lounge areas and dining rooms.

The home has beautiful landscaped gardens with raised flower beds; easily accessible by foot and by wheelchair.

Facilities

  • 63 bedrooms
  • 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 varied activities programme
  • Arranged visits to local attractions
  • Local shopping trips
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

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

Emma Cowell Activities Lead

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Change of career choice

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

Chef at a primary school

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

Be hard working, to be able to use own initiative, work as a team player, be compassionate, be good at listening, be quick thinking and be able to adapt to challenging situations

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

Planning the daily activities

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

Organising the summer fete in 2017

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I used to be a laundry assistant at the home prior to becoming activities lead

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Being able to work under pressure. Have strong leadership skills. Be knowledgeable about the area of care they manage. Good IT skills and a strong personality with the ability to teach

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

Spending time with my loved ones, walking my dog, shopping and eating out

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

Ensuring our residents have a fulfilling activity rota/range of activities available to them and the support of resident’s family members

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