Home Close

Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire

01223 880233

Home Close,
Cow Lane,
Fulbourn,
Cambridgeshire,
CB21 5HB


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Our Home

The bright, welcoming purpose built accommodation at Home Close is laid out over two floors with a number of attractive wings. Each wing contains lounge and dining areas as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities. The light, airy bedrooms are decorated to a high standard and exceptionally well furnished, but we encourage our residents to bring items of their own furniture and possessions with them so that their room can become truly their own.

Home Close is in a quiet location on the outskirts of Cambridge yet within easy reach of the A14 and served by good public transport links. It is set within its own large landscaped grounds that are bordered by many mature trees, creating a private peaceful environment. In good weather, many of our residents like to walk in the grounds or sit and take tea under the shade of spreading branches. As well as the extensive lawns, there are many shrub and flower borders which continually change with the seasons, providing interest to residents and visitors alike.

Facilities

  • 72 bedrooms
  • Light and airy accommodation providing comfortable, homely surroundings
  • Nursing and residential care available
  • In-house hairdressing salon providing usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Specialist equipment available if required
  • Well-kept gardens
  • The home has its own minibus

Activities

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

  • Quiz events
  • Pamper days
  • Musical entertainment and workshops
  • Music & movement classes
  • Sing-Along sessions
  • Bingo
  • Crosswords
  • Nature watch
  • Coffee pot mornings
  • Excursions to garden centres, coffee mornings and luncheon trips
Christina Mihai Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

Registered nurse since 1997, Clinical Manager and Deputy Manager

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2010

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

I wanted to have more of a challenging job and to make a difference in residents lives

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?

You need to be passionate about the role and care about the people you work with, be a good role model and lead by example.

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

I don’t have a favourite part.  All day is enjoyed as I like to make improvements in our residents and staff experiences.

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

Managing a nursing home and recruiting a team

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Studying English by myself and being promoted to Home Manager.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Supportive, a good communicator, good listener, be visible to staff and residents, be friendly and organised.

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

My family – my husband and son, cycling, watching TV and spending time with family and friends

Ensuring that our residents and staff are happy and safe.  I enjoy all aspects of my role working with a supportive team.

Vanessa Ripley Head Housekeeper

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

Housewife and Mother – part time jobs at local school

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

To be thorough and have an eye for detail. Be patient even in difficult times

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

When jobs have been completed well

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Completing my NVQ’s in care and housekeeping

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Someone who listens

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

Walking, spending time with my family and caravanning

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

The friendly atmosphere; like one big family. Meeting new residents and their families

Allison Graveston Business Administrator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Career progression – change from public to private sector

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

Care Co-ordinator for Trauma and Orthopaedics at West Suffolk Hospital

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

Be organised, have empathy, excellent communication and people skills. Be patient and have a good sense of humour.

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

Making a positive difference in someone’s day

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

Bed Manager at West Suffolk Hospital – managing patient flow from A & E to discharge

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I was awarded a ‘shining light’ by the NHS for going above and beyond

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Approachable, empathetic, understanding yet professional with a passion for care

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

Spending time with my son, friends and family. I am heavily involved with the running of my local men’s senior rugby team and on the events committee for my local community

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

The people

Roberto Mihai Maintenance

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2010

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

Healthcare Assistant

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

Organised, being able to prioritise work load and fast

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

All of my day – I start really early and I help all teams from nursing to housekeeping

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

Trying to manage the workload in a very busy home.  Dealing with emergencies.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Ability to solve problems, able to use own initiative, team player

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

Gym, cycling, spending time with my family and friends

Staff and residents – making them happy when I’m able to do things for them

Maureen Dell Activities Co-ordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

I have qualified in ‘Provision of Activities in a Care Setting’ NCFE Level 2.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2002.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I applied to work in this role at Home Close because I wanted to make a difference in the daily lives of the residents.

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

Before I came to work for Healthcare Homes, I was a carer to my Mother and looked after other elderly relatives.

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

The most important qualities, as I see it, are to be a ‘people person’, to be a good listener, to be able to empathise and to appreciate everyone as an individual.

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

I get the greatest pleasure and satisfaction from seeing residents enjoying themselves, and knowing that my hard work has helped them to feel a bit better.

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

The biggest challenge of the role is in trying to reach, and include in a real way, everyone in a large home.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

A great highlight was being involved with residents and local children in the making of an intergenerational educational film about wartime memories.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

A good home manager needs to be fair, approachable and appreciative.

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

Outside of work, I most value and enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy music, animals and poetry.

I love getting to know the many wonderful residents and learning of their interesting lives. I enjoy engaging with them in a range of activities and seeing their pleasure, helping them to improve their quality of life.

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    Home Close,
    Cow Lane,
    Fulbourn,
    Cambridgeshire,
    CB21 5HB

    01223 880233