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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 Manger 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?

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, strives 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?

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.

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

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

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

    01223 263282