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Cedar Court

Witney, Oxfordshire

01993 703536

Cedar Court,
Witney,
Oxfordshire,
OX28 6LG


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Our Home

Cedar Court is designed as modern and spacious with a lot of natural light.  It is a registered home for older people with nursing and dementia care needs as well as having a specialist unit for younger people with disabilities.

It is registered with the Care Quality Commission and is within easy reach of local shops and major road routes such as the A40 to Oxford and London.

Experienced registered nurses and care assistants, selected for their skills, operate a 24 hour service, delivering a high standard of care to suit individual nursing care needs.

An experienced Manager supervises the day to day running of the home and ensures that the care delivered encompasses social, physical, psychological and environmental needs.

Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross and Church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire.

An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange.  The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market.  Annual events include the autumn Witney Carnival and Witney Feast, nearby Eynsham Carnival and Wychwood Forest Fair.

Facilities

  • 63 bedrooms
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Home cooked meals to suit all tastes and diets
  • Chiropodist, dentist and optician visit by appointment
  • Courtyard garden
  • Laundry service

Activities

  • Visits arranged to local shops and attraction
  • A varied activities programme
  • Visiting entertainers
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sensory garden
  • Activities tailored to individual needs
Gener Tayhopon Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I enjoy taking on challenges and putting my professional resilience to work. I came across Healthcare Homes (Cedar Court) when I was securing employment to be nearer my family in the midlands.  It was, therefore, an opportune time to join the team at Cedar Court as it was transitioning (which mostly captured my interest)- and who wouldn’t love living in Witney!

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

The early part of my professional career is in broadcasting and marketing.  I was however introduced to the care industry in 2006.  I have undertaken varied roles such as Lead Carer, Senior Lead and Deputy Manager prior to becoming a Home Manager.  The last 10 years of my professional career were spent managing varied care settings.  Most of these care homes were experiencing difficulties with regulatory compliance, maintaining a GOOD Rating with CQC and/or meeting internal business objectives.

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

Resilience and objectivism are two important qualities that work for me as a person and as a Home Manager.

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

Seeing residents happy and content.  Having supported staff members to be empowered and become excellent in their respective roles.

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

I am a challenge seeker.  I am yet to find my toughest professional challenge.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Having worked as a Radio and TV presenter was amazing, but working in care and being in a role that could influence meaningful change is very rewarding.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

I am confident that I have a good head over my shoulder.  I can devise strategic plans and make these work objectively.

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

My son introduced me to XBOX Live games 12 years ago and I have been loving spending time playing strategy games online.  This also becomes a long-term family bonding activity with my son until now.  If not on XBOX, I enjoy driving in the countryside whilst listening to soul and classic jazz music.

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

I have been privileged to have worked and supported by a vibrant team of staff.  Seeing them excel in their roles makes me feel proud that I have been instrumental to a person’s professional accomplishment.  As a Home Manager, I believe that a happy and competent staff team makes a happier home for residents.

Natalie Canvess Head Housekeeper

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I missed working in a care home setting

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

Waitressing

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

A good eye for detail, must be willing to help the rest of the team

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

My favourite part is that every day is different. I love singing, dancing and talking with residents when I get the chance

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

Completing my NVQ’s was a challenge for me

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being made housekeeper

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Approachable, willing to help and get their hands dirty when required

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

Reading, listening to music and playing on the PS4 with my son

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

I am looking forward to staying as part of an excellent team.

Pat Bennett Administrator
Rachel Scurr Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I started as a carer on night shifts and when my children started school I commenced on days. I then became team leader prior to promotion to Assistant Manager

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

I have worked in care for 30 years and specialise in dementia care

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

I need to be organised with my time and provide the right guidance for the care team. Compassion and empathy for our residents and their families and a good sense of humour

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

My favourite part of the day is time spent with the residents and their families

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

Whilst the home has been through change, I worked long hours to offer regular support to our carers and team. This pushed my experience and knowledge.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Welcoming new members of the team to the home making them feel welcome.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

I think being a good leader and working alongside staff to give them value and confidence to move forward. Staff need to feel valued and prepared to perform at their best.

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

I love to travel. I have three children and two dogs who also take up a lot of my time

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

I look forward to improving dementia care for our residents. I look forward to our home developing and our residents continuing to feel happy and enriched

Steffi Hurtado Clinical Lead Frail Elderly
Arlene Guarteo Clinical Lead Dementia

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I moved from another county (Wiltshire) following employment at Cedar Court.  Having worked in one single employment setting for 12 years; I thought of relocating and explore opportunities elsewhere- thus ending up in Witney and at Cedar Court.

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

Clinical Lead, RGN, Surgical (OPD) Nurse in Saudi Arabia and a Clinical Instructor in the Philippines.

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

The person needs to have passion; drive to be at their best and aspiration for excellence.

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

My favourite part of my working day is knowing that at the end of my shift, residents under my care are all well and comfortable.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your

Having been able to take part in a complex safeguarding inquest where I was able to reflect the significance of sound clinical decision making to ensure residents’ safety and well-being.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Receiving an award from my previous employer as the Overall Group Ace Employee of the month.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Caring, compassionate, reliability and being organised.

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

Listening to music, rhinestone art, watching movies, chatting and talking to family and friends overseas.

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

To see that COVID 19 pandemic has ended so that the home could again entertain residents’ visitors.

Colin Knapton Maintenance

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

A family member had dementia, so she is the reason I wanted to work in a care home.

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

I worked in the Maintenance department at Oxford University

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

Common sense and a sense of humour.

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

Lunch, I’m always hungry!

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

Every day is a challenge, I can’t pick one.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I got 100% on a multiple-choice exam once.

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

Spending time with my wife, running and baking.

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

Getting to know the residents.

Estefania Quilez Clinical Lead Nurse

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I was working at Cedar Court when the home was owned by the old company “Lifestyle Care”, so when Healthcare Homes took over Cedar Court, I was employed already by the old company.

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

I started as a Senior HCA until I had my NMC PIN. Then I did work as a Registered Nurse, later I took the position of Unit Manager.  Recently I took the role of Clinical Lead. All of these roles were carried out at Cedar Court.

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

Be very responsible, good clinical knowledge, good management of the team, have initiative. Have skills to motivate the team.

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

I haven’t got a favourite part of my working day, I like what I do, I enjoy my job.

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

Last year when I become a Clinical Lead and the home was not in a very good situation, I did take more responsibilities to get the home in a better position and I was involved in the management part of the home. I am very grateful to those people who supported me to progress and develop.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

To have helped the home to get better. I was working here when the Home was not rated Good by the regulators.  The home had quite a lot of managers over the last few years who have different ideas and ways of management. I have been through hard times in this home, but stability has now been clearly established in the home.  We deserve to feel proud and my only objective is to be consistent and aspire for clinical excellence.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

I am a hard worker, responsible and calm.  I don’t like wasting my time and I endeavour to get my clinical practice up to date and in-line with the current clinical guidance and governance.

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

My family is my big support, my baby is the best way to keep my mind out of work. I try to exercise as much as I can to forget about work and to take all the stress out.

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

I have been working here for 7 years, I would love to see the home further excel and achieve an outstanding rating with CQC.

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    Cedar Court,
    Witney,
    Oxfordshire,
    OX28 6LG

    01993 703536