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Kingsmead

Old Town, Swindon

01793 422333

65 Prospect Place,
Old Town,
Swindon,
SN1 3LJ

Key Facts

Our Home

Kingsmead care home provides nursing, dementia and respite care for up to 37 residents. We offer residential care for those who need assistance with daily tasks and nursing care for those who may have more complex medical needs. Our home also features double rooms for couples, so you can moved in with your loved one.

Located in Old Town, Swindon, we are only a short drive away from Brunel Shopping Centre amongst other attractions, meaning we are accessible to those wanting to visit family members, and are close to amenities for visits and days out. There are local shops nearby and easy access to public transport.

Kingsmead provides lounges and communal areas, where activities are often help, and a quiet sitting room. There are separate dining areas where residents can choose to join the company of others at meal times. Our meal experience is excellent, with our chef and catering team working hard to create meals that are both nutritious and tasty, using fresh seasonal ingredients.

The home also features a garden-based cabin, equipped with two entrance points, protective Perspex screens, intercom system, heating/insulation, and a nurse call button. This facility allows us to provide greater capacity for visits by friends and relatives when we are not able to meet visiting needs within the home.  Strict infection control procedures are maintained to keep all our residents staff and visitors safe.

Facilities

  • In-house hairdresser
  • Snacks and fresh fruit always available
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the home
  • En-suites
  • Garden
  • Lift
  • Near public transport

Activities

  • Regular trips out to dementia friendly events
  • Varied weekly activities programme
Nicky Bickerstaffe Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

RGN since 1996

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2012

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

Registered Nurse 1996-2001.

Midwife 2001-2007.

RN in care homes since 2007 working up to Home Manager.

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

They need to be able to multitask and have good communication skills.

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

Seeing residents enjoying activities.

Providing good nursing care is only part of a persons need to be happy, they need to feel a sense of purpose too.

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

Covid19 and supporting my staff’s anxieties during the pandemic.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being fair, listening to people and excellent time management skills.

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

Listening to Boy George and sleep!

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

Continuing to encourage my staff to develop themselves and working in a home with staff that always go the extra mile to care for our residents.

Nim Manalo Deputy Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

RGN since 2002

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2012

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

Staff nurse in other care homes since 2002

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

Have good team leading skills and a caring attitude.

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

Getting to know the residents well and supporting them with their emotional and physical needs, I like seeing the smile on their faces.

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

Leading the team and ensuring we meet the needs of the residents whilst adjusting to the “new normal” due to the pandemic.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I am blessed enough to be a regional winner of the care award for Registered Nurse of the year.

I feel valued and so thankful that my hard work was recognised.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Effective communication skills and strong leadership skills.

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

I love to relax and unwind with my family and friends as well as going away on holidays.

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

Developing my skills and helping our whole team to progress.

Sue Daniels Home Administartor

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2012

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

Home Administrator.

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

Patience, good communication and prioritising effectively.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Communication, being fair, keeping cool and being approachable.

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

I enjoy socialising, holidays and choir singing.

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

To see residents and staff happy and continued good feedback for Kingsmead by visitors, family and professionals.

Rupert Fry Chef

Please detail any relevant education/training

20+ years of experience as a chef

NVQ Level 2

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

After a long time in hotels and restaurants, I decided I wanted to take a step back from corporate business’ and working at Kingsmead has a better work-life balance and to do something that makes a difference.

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

Sous Chef – Marriott Motels

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

Have the desire to make people happy, a good level of empathy.

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

Lunch service, when we can hopefully put a smile on the resident’s faces with the food they can enjoy.

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

A big challenge especially at first was learning and implementing the different levels of food consistency so the food is appetising and safe for the residents.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Implementing and training for a national roll-out of new food concept across all Motels.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

The ability to be organised, empathetic and approachable.

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

I do a great deal of painting and drawing, I also enjoy going for walks.

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

I’m looking forward to Christmas, especially as this year has been so hard, I would like to make it as enjoyable and fun as possible.

Alision Dicks Activties Co-Ordinator

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

It’s a lovely home with great reviews.

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

I worked as a Care Assistant at a day centre for Dementia.

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

Patience, good listener, keep smiling and a sense of humour.

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

When the residents smile and are happy, it makes a person feel better in themselves.

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

Planning a 100th birthday in lockdown and keeping the spirits high during the pandemic.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Becoming an Activities Co-Ordinator at Kingsmead.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Good listener, approachable and have the door always open for staff and residents.

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

Meeting with family and friends.

I listen to dolphin sounds to unwind.

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

Every day is different with lots of challenges which I enjoy.

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    65 Prospect Place,
    Old Town,
    Swindon,
    SN1 3LJ

    01793 422333