Oaklands House

Reydon, Suffolk

01502 724955

Oaklands House,
Lowestoft Road,
Reydon,
Southwold,
Suffolk,
IP18 6RY

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Our Home

Oaklands House is a residential home in Southwold that provides hotel-style accommodation, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone seeking a high quality lifestyle in their later years. The handsome entrance hall leads on to a number of exquisite reception rooms. The stunning south-facing conservatory is ideal for peace and quiet but is also a popular meeting place for residents and guests. All our bedrooms are fully furnished but we welcome as much or as little of your own furniture and effects as you wish.

Oaklands House is situated near to the centre of Southwold. This famous town with its excellent shopping, beach, pier and even has a famous brewery to visit. Surrounded by nearly five acres of mature woodland, Oaklands House has a unique location in the Suffolk countryside amongst a wide range of flora and fauna. This care home in Southwold has extensive views over the tree-lined gardens, which also provide a perfect setting for walks or relaxation.

Facilities

  • 29 bedrooms
  • Visiting optician and chiropodist
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Conservatory providing comfortable lounge environment
  • Well-kept gardens
  • Plentiful reception rooms
  • Popular home within the local community
  • Silver service dining experience

Activities

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

  • Games afternoon
  • Shopping trips
  • Visits to Southwold
  • Craft club
  • Bingo
  • Film club
  • River cruises
  • Exercise club
  • Library
  • Hairdressers
  • Pamper days
  • Meditation
  • Food tasting evenings
Hanro Steytler Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care. Dementia Care Coach. First aid. Degree in graphic design.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2017

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

The fantastic reputation of the company.

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

Deputy Manager of a 46 bedded dementia residential home.

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

You must have empathy with good moral standards and a drive to succeed.

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

The morning when I have one of the residents that lives here waiting for me for our daily chat and cup of tea.

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

Registering with CQC and receiving my PIR in my first week of being appointed as Manager.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being nominated for manager of the year in my previous company.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Empathy, compassion, conviction in your beliefs and passion.

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

Building up this wonderful team and ensuring they are recognised for the fantastic standard of care they provide.

Terri Tipper Head of Care

What role did you carry out before you came to Healthcare Homes?
I have worked my way from carer to senior carer, I was a deputy manager in my last post before coming to Oaklands House to fill the role of head of care.

What do you think a person needs to do to be good in your role?
Work well in a team, have good communication skills, help the team out as much as possible, be organised, be good at solving problems, be able to juggle more than one thing. Work on the floor as well as the office. Be friendly and supportive to other. Have a friendly face. Listen to people.

What’s your favourite part of your working day and why?
I love all aspects of my role; I enjoy working with my team and with the residents. Being at work is like my second home.

What’s been your biggest professional challenge in your current role, or in your career to date?
Finding my place in the team and fitting in. Oaklands House is a very small team and at first it was challenging to fit in.
Challenges in my career are always time there are never enough hours in a day to get everything done and I do not like to leave a job half done.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Our CQC inspection as we went from 4 goods to 5 goods. We all had to work together to achieve this. Lots of changes have been implemented.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?
Having a good team, being organized, dealing with stress and deadlines. Being able to delegate tasks.

What are your interests outside of work/how do you unwind?
I have three dogs and love to go for a long dog walk at the end of the day along the beach or a field. I also take my dog to agility lessons and want to start entering in competitions.

Spending time with my family is another important thing to me. I like to travel to the midlands every other month to visit my family.

What do you enjoy/are you looking forward to the most about working at this care home?
I enjoy being faced with different challenges. I look forward every day to coming to work.

Adam Wright Head Chef

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

Sous chef

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

Respect and care for residents, their needs, menu planning taking into account any special diets and nutritional needs. Managing stock, ordering and keeping the kitchen organised and clean

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

Serving a wholesome and nutritional meal knowing our residents are satisfied and have enjoyed their meal

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

Finding quality staff to keep up with our home’s high standards and good reputation

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Having a good start in the catering industry by working in one of our local high class restaurants which gave a great head start in to the catering sector

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

A person who will listen and help to solve any problems. Kind, easy to approach, firm but fair and always respectful

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

Walking the dog, DIY projects and cycling

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

Being free to create dishes for all to enjoy

Leanne Carrington-Payne Activity Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I wanted to do something that made a difference

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

Activity Co-ordinator

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

Creative, practical, patient, resourceful, good humoured, empathetic, understanding, flexible and an individual with a sense of pride making others feel happy

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

All of it, every aspect has and brings something different to the day

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Every day I make someone smile or I hear ‘I enjoyed that’

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Understanding the role, being a people person, leading by example and someone you can respect

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

I teach dancing twice a week. I am learning to play the harp. I am undertaking two courses, organising events and fundraising. I enjoy reading. I am currently fitness training for a tour in Scotland

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

The people make the job worthwhile, making others smile and laugh is priceless

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    Oaklands House,
    Lowestoft Road,
    Reydon,
    Southwold,
    Suffolk,
    IP18 6RY

    (For Sat Nav please use postcode only)

    01502 724955