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Home Meadow

Toft, Cambridgeshire

01223 263282

Home Meadow,
Comberton Road,
Toft,
Cambridgeshire,
CB23 2RY


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Our Home

Home Meadow is a warm, bright and welcoming home in Cambridgeshire, which provides both residential and dementia care. It is laid out in attractive wings called Snowdrop, Primrose, Fuchsia, and Bluebell; each with its own lounge and dining area as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities. The spacious bedrooms are decorated to a high standard and exceptionally well furnished. We encourage residents to bring items of their own furniture and possessions to complement those provided and to make their room feel personal and individual.

As well as residential care, we provide specialist care and support for individuals with dementia.

Home Meadow is situated in the quiet West Cambridgeshire village of Toft and overlooks unspoilt countryside.  Many rooms have views over the grounds and beyond, offering a relaxing and peaceful environment. The gardens are stocked with trees, shrubs, roses and bedding plants that provide year round colour and interest, whilst large windows flood the rooms with light. Intimate courtyard gardens provide a quiet sun-trap where residents can sit sheltered from the wind and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Facilities

  • 49 bedrooms
  • In-house hairdressing salon provides all usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Visiting optician, dentist and chiropodist
  • Pretty intimate gardens
  • Exceptionally well furnished interior
  • A number of spacious lounge and dining areas
  • Caters for both residential and dementia care needs

Activities

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

  • Bingo
  • Board games and group crosswords
  • Reading and poetry group
  • Manicures, pedicures and hairdressing
  • Baking
  • Arts and crafts
  • Reminiscence memory boxes
  • Weekly trips out
  • Sing-Along
  • Weekly Church service
  • Choir visit
  • Annual events
  • Weekly activities planner
  • Students and local groups visit regularly
  • Weekly dance for Parkinson’s class
  • Gardening group
  • Volunteers visit regularly
Laura Adams Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

Advanced Dementia Training
NVQ 3
Working towards Diploma leadership and management level 5
First Aid
Fire Marshal Train the Trainer.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2019

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I liked their values and mission statement. After interview, I felt it was a friendly and supportive team.
Good reviews and good CQC inspection.

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

Deputy Manager and Registered Home Manager for over 5 years, started as an HCA 15 years ago and then worked my way up.

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

Good at multi-tasking, good with people, patient and kind.

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

My daily walk rounds because I get to spend time with the residents.

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

The previous role was turning around a home from RI to Good in all 5 areas with CQC.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Appearing on a local news channel to discusses care to try and encourage people to consider a career in care.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Compassionate, caring, dedicated, hardworking, strive to be better, focused

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

Although I don’t have children of my own, I love to spend time with my nieces and nephews. I enjoy going to the theatre, I also love to travel and go on dog walks.

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

What do you enjoy/are you looking forward to the most about working at this care home? Building a team and working towards outstanding with CQC.

Helen Hensman Home Administrator

Please detail any relevant education/training

NVQ Level 2 and 3 Business Administration.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2019.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I was made redundant and after seeing this role advertised, I thought maybe a change in the industry would be a challenge for me.

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

I was an Administrator for a large construction consultancy firm within Cambridge.

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

I believe the person needs to be patient, sympathetic and to be able to priorities your workload.

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

Leaving at the end of the day feeling that I’ve made a difference.

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

Every day is a challenge trying to carry out all aspects of my role whilst responding to requests from Managers, staff and visitors. I enjoy a challenge.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Highlight to date is getting this job at Home Meadow.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

I believe the qualities a manager needs is a good understanding of the care industry. They need to be able to listen and be a good communicator.

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

Spending time with my 3 young children and completing my degree.

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

I enjoy all things about working in a care home.

Matt McKeaugh Maintenance

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

May 2019

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Because the job was just up my street and I like being resourceful.

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

I was a taxi driver.

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

Do their job to the best of their ability and enjoy life.

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

My days are never the same, that’s why I like the job, so much variation.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Owning my own company for 18 years and improving the gardens around Home Meadow.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Someone that’s approachable and who doesn’t ask someone to do something they are not prepared to do themselves.

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

Working and repairing things from wood and other materials.

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

Helping to improve the residents lives.

Sophie Loveridge Care Assistant

Please detail any relevant education/training

First aid, moving and handling, fire safety, stoma care and dementia care.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Because I wanted to build my knowledge of care and work with a variety of residents with different needs.

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

Home Care assistant.

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

A person needs to be patient, caring and considerate as a care assistant. They need to be able to work in a team and be good communicators.

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

Talking to the residents and building a “friendship” because it makes them smile and not feel lonely. Finding out their history.

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

I haven’t really faced many challenges but sometimes a resident needs calming so we can them help them.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Making the residents smile, dancing and singing with them.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Communication, reliable, honest, polite, understanding and happy.

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

Sport especially gymnastics.

I also like spending time with family and friends.

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

Looking forward to getting to know each resident more and building my knowledge for my future aspirations.

Marion Taylor Domestic Carer

Please detail any relevant education/training

First aid, moving and handling, dementia, fire and safety.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Because I like looking after people as I used to work after my grandad and that built me up for the career role.

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

Looked after my grandad before I started here.

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

In both my roles, you need to be helpful, kind and confident.

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

Seeing the residents and having a good chat about their day, how they are feeling and what they will be doing today.

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

Commutating with residents whose first language isn’t English.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Making everyone smile throughout their day.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Kind, honest and happy.

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

Seeing my nieces and nephews.

I love swimming and cooking.

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

Getting to know the residents more.

Alex Reed Domestic Assistant

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

27th January 2020.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Because I am very kind and caring.

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

I was a housekeeper at a child’s nursery.

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

They need to be good at working within a team.

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

I love my job because everyone is kind and helpful.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Helping people out when they need support.

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

I love knitting, reading and colouring.

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

Helping people out and making new friends.

Julie Bywater Cook

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

Being happy and content in your job helps to get it right

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

I enjoy all my working day

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

Making sure that everyone is happy

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Most days are a highlight

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

An individual who cares about everyone. Someone who is firm but fair

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

Spending time with my loved ones

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

Seeing the residents happy

Debbie Marlow Activities Coordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

Used to look after a couple of people in their own homes and then came to Home Meadow as a volunteer, then carer and then Activities Coordinator.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Because when I was volunteering here I absolutely fell in love with the residents.

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

Looked after people in their own homes, dog walker/house sitter and before that volunteer programme advisor and before that 20 years at job centre.

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

Patience, good sense of humour, ability to think and adapt quickly to the situation that can change in blink of an eye.

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

There isn’t one thing that I enjoy more than another. I make my schedule as varied as possible and so there is always something happening, new conversations to be had.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Arranging for someone (95yrd old) to go swimming again – when I thought they would never do it again.

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

Arts and crafts, ancestry research, dress making and travel.

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

Enjoy the one to one interaction with the residents;

Listening to their stories of them growing up and about their memories;

Being able to get a reaction from someone who hasn’t interacted often.

Lucy Dean Care Assistant

Please detail any relevant education/training

BSC Biomedical Science (Kings College London)

I’m currently studying for BM BCH Medicine at the University of Oxford.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

To contribute to workforce during COVID and to continue to work within care environment whilst University was closed.

Home Meadow is such a lovely home with excellent management, as is great to work for.

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

Healthcare Assistant at Addenbrookes Hospital;

Biomedical Scientist at Kings College London; medical student;

Medical student at University of Oxford.

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

A kind heart and good work ethic.

Ability to adapt to ever changing circumstances and organised.

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

Helping residents get ready for the day! I believe if you start the day with positivity you set yourself up for a good day.

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

COVID has been a challenge as masks create a barrier to communication; however it has been great to overcome these challenges and develop skills to show care and empathy whilst PPE’d.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Studying medicine at the University of Oxford, I am so excited to see where my career will take me.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Organised friendly and warm.

Care staff work very hard so empathy from above is appreciated.

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

Sport – I work and compete with horses and as a university rower.

I also work as a small business owner, selling my own art.

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

Developing a great working relationship with residents and being able to provide the high end care they need and deserve.

I love to be able to put a smile on their face.

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    Home Meadow,
    Comberton Road,
    Toft,
    Cambridgeshire,
    CB23 2RY

    01223 263282