Fornham House

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

01284 768327

Fornham House,
Fornham St Martin,
Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk,
IP31 1SR


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Our Home

Fornham House is a care home in Bury St. Edmunds that offers a choice of amenities for tasteful living. Several lounges, including the Constable Lounge, are where many social activities take place and are complemented by patio and garden areas for summer outdoor relaxation. Generous single rooms, all with en-suite facilities, are tastefully decorated and provide our residents with the necessary facilities for a quality life in later years. Although all rooms are fully furnished, we encourage residents to bring with them items of furniture and personal possessions so that their room can be a true ‘home from home’.

Fornham House is situated in the picturesque village of Fornham St Martin, just a couple of miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds. Set in extensive grounds with views over the surrounding countryside, our residents can relax in seating areas surrounded by colourful flower beds and mature trees. The village fete is held on alternate years at the home ensuring our links are maintained with the local community.

Facilities

  • 73 bedrooms
  • Popular residential home, offering high quality care and support
  • In-house hairdressing salon offering usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Caters for special dietary requirements
  • Beautiful extensive gardens
  • Large day rooms
  • Well located to enjoy amenities in Bury St Edmunds

Activities

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

  • Coffee mornings
  • Library service
  • One to one visits
  • Quiz (multiple choice)
  • Pre lunch drinks
  • Hairdresser & pamper days
  • Reminiscence
  • Art group
  • Flower arranging
  • Excursions
  • Strawberry teas with family and friends
Clare Pethick Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Healthcare Homes has a good reputation

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

Prior to Healthcare Homes, I worked in as a Hotel Services Manager for a company overseeing laundry, kitchen and maintenance

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

You need to be a good role model and lead by example. Be approachable, proactive, patient, empathetic, compassionate and dedicated

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

I love my job. I like my morning walk round the home talking to staff and residents

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

Running Fornham House for two months whilst no manager or administrator in place

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Making it through the above made me realise what I am able to achieve

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Being a good role model. Doing what is best for the home and always showing support to the staff team. Appreciation goes a long way.

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

Spending time with my partner and children, 1 and 3.

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

Receiving good reviews from past and present residents and family members. To be a recommended home is always hugely appreciated.

Magdalena Monalinska Head of Housekeeping

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

My friend recommended the home to me due to its good reputation

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

This is my first job

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

Organised, fair, understanding and good time management

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

My job never gets boring; I love every minute

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being promoted to Head of Housekeeping

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Good communication skills between all staff and residents

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

Enjoying time with my family

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

I love working with my friends

Sarah Eagle Administrator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I had not worked in a care home for 3 years and had really missed it. As soon as I heard of the position, I jumped at the chance

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

Contractor administrator for a maintenance company

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

Empathy, compassion, dedication and patience

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

All of it, no day is the same

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

Being the sole administrator for the home and managing two staff members

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Applying to become a Special on a voluntary basis with the Police force

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Strong willed, determination, dedication, empathy and compassion

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

I like to study online courses. Spending time with my children and family. Reading

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

The staff – all so friendly. Our residents – I love it when they visit the office for a chat

Graham Warner Head of Maintenance

Please detail any relevant education/training

Health and Safety Diploma. Plumbing NVQ and Anglian Water registered.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

February, 2019.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Seemed a friendly bunch to work with, close to home and a good variety of work involved to keep busy.

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

Mainly Health and Safety. Immediately before working at Healthcare Homes I was training for an Audiology degree.

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

To be flexible, patient and a good all rounder. Being able to work as part of a team. alone and also not afraid of hard work. To speak up when needed.

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

Would normally say home time to enjoy a beer, but in this case I like to finish all my jobs of the day before leaving.

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

Biggest challenge would have to be sitting for my Health and Safety Diploma Level 5 which I completely in 2013. Hopefully will have plenty more challenges whilst working for Healthcare Homes.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Would have to say passing a diploma and NVQ and becoming a manager.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being understanding, helpful, fair and reliable. Someone who you can work along side of well, which makes it easier.

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

By having a pint or 2 of beer when I’m not doing DIY at home.

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

Being busy and trusted to get on with things that need doing. Being able to order quality goods to order. I also enjoy the variety of work.

Amanda Rose Activities Coordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

I attended all the relevant training at all homes regarding Activities dementia friend, dementia pathway.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

May 2019.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I love Fornham House and know a lot of the staff, the house and gardens are fantastic.

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

Activities Coordinator.

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

To listen, understand and be there to laugh.

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

My working day never really stops until I go to sleep as I love my job, it really is my life.

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

Biggest challenge I have faced is peoples stubbornness for change by saying “we always do it this way”.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Just making someones day! I did once get employee of the month.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being fair but firm, to lead by example. ‘If I can you can’.

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

By up cycling furniture and going on holidays to unwind.

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

I love to see the folk smile, laughter truly is the best medicine. We can do anything here because we have a great team and we can all help put Fornham House back on the ‘Best Home’ list.

Daniel Phillips Head Chef

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

My first job was here at Fornham House

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

Form good relationships with people. Be good at cooking, budgeting and menu planning

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

Cooking to a high quality standard and receiving positive feedback

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

Acting as Deputy Manager for over a year

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Holding successful functions and events involving residents and families

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Approachable, firm but fair, friendly and will listen to ideas

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

Karaoke, pub quizzes, going to the cinema and socialising with friends

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    Fornham House,
    Fornham St Martin,
    Bury St Edmunds,
    Suffolk,
    IP31 1SR

    01284 768327