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
Phil Chapman Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I think Healthcare Homes’ objectives say it all – ‘to create an environment where residents receive the highest standards of care; where dignity is respected; where talents and interests are encouraged; and where life is lived to its fullest potential’.

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

I have worked in a variety of roles in the health and social care sector, starting as a care assistant in 1988. I qualified as a registered nurse in 1995 gaining experience on a busy ward environment, working as a community nurse and finally entering management in 2000. The majority of my management roles have been in elderly care but I have also enjoyed roles in community mental health services, physical disabilities and children’s services.

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

A motivator, mentor, leader, supporter, coach and listener….the list is endless. I think the most important aspect of the role is trust. Residents, staff and relatives must trust the manager to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.

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

I enjoy all day every day. Highlights can be dancing down the corridor with a resident, observing staff and residents sharing experiences, a relative praising the staff and the care their loved one receives and seeing staff still smiling when it’s time to go home.

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

The next challenge is always my biggest challenge.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

When I qualified as a mental health nurse, I knew then that I could support people to make a difference in their lives

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

I have a passion for golf; I try to play every weekend… TRY being the operative word! When not playing golf or watching rugby/football, (my knees won’t take to playing anymore) I spend time with my wife and two daughters. They will say I play/watch too much sport, but I think it’s all about balance….ok, maybe every other weekend for golf?

Estefania Quilet RGN/Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

It was very difficult in my home country Spain to find a nurse position so I travelled to England and was very fortunate to be offered a position at Cedar Court

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

I began working as a carer until I received my PIN, later as an RGN, Unit Manager and now Deputy Manager

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

An individual with a good personality and be a leader, have attention to detail and be professional. You must have motivation and help where you can.

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

I enjoy spending time with residents and getting to know them better.

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

My most recent challenge is taking on my new position as Deputy Manager

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being able to come from another country and follow my dreams

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

A good manager will be an open person, a motivator also willing to help all. A good leader to follow, someone who listens and supports you.

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

Sport – I love spinning. Enjoying a good meal out with my family. Sunshine!

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

I am looking forward to our home being known as the best in the area

Natalie Canvess 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.

Rachel Scurr Assistant Manager and Home Trainer

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

Sarah Enache Activities Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I didn’t just want another ‘job’, I wanted to do something that made a difference to others

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

Bar staff

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

I think patience is key. You need to be creative and flexible

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

My favourite part of the day is when I find an activity that a resident really enjoys and their face lights up. It makes me feel like I have made a difference.

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

I am trying to organise large events throughout the year. This can be challenging as they take a lot of time planning.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

When we took some of our residents in to town to see the Christmas lights and to enjoy mince pies

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

I think they should be approachable yet firm

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

I enjoy walks down by the river

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

I feel like all the staff work together as a team and get along really well. I am looking forward to better weather so our residents can enjoy the outdoors

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    Cedar Court,
    Witney,
    Oxfordshire,
    OX28 6LG

    01993 703536