The Chase

Watford, Hertfordshire

01923 232307

The Chase,
4 Printers Avenue,
off Whippendell Road,
Watford,
Hertfordshire,
WD18 7QR


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Our Home

The Chase is a modern purpose built nursing home, tastefully decorated, providing a warm, friendly environment for its residents.

It is in easy reach of local shops, major road routes M25 and M1.

We offer a wide range of facilities, to give our residents a full, varied and enjoyable lifestyle.  Trained staff are always on hand to provide assistance where required, allowing our residents to enjoy everything the home has to offer whilst promoting respect, privacy and independence.

Part of our facilities and services that sets us apart from other nursing homes within the area, is the physiotherapy service available on site.

The home is situated in walking distance from the Cassiobury Park, one of Watford’s most popular attractions in Watford, receiving around 800,000 visits per year and hosting a number of popular sporting and entertainment events.

There are local shops, a pharmacy and the doctor’s surgery is a stones throw away from the home. There is a large supermarket a few minutes away.  The town centre is also about a 5 minute drive so all amenities are on hand with a good link of public transport.

Facilities

  • 110 bedrooms
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Activities room
  • In-house physiotherapy department and gym
  • Laundry service
  • Freshly cooked meals – special dietary requirements are catered for
  • Garden with courtyard areas
  • Chiropodist, dentist and optician visit by appointment
  • Cinema room
  • Art and crafts room
  • Residents kitchen
  • Reminiscence room

Activities

  • A varied activities programme
  • Coffee mornings
  • Arts and crafts
  • Board games
  • Bingo
  • Reminiscence
  • Movie nights
  • Pampering
  • Trips to Ruislip Lido, garden centre and local park
  • 1:1 activities
  • Entertainment
Ruta Starkute-Nahani Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

BA (Hons) Social Work, Learning and Development level 4, PTLLS, A1 – NVQ Assessor and registered manager’s award

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

May 2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

A growing organisation.  I would like to contribute in making a difference to residents living at The Chase

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

Home Manager, Support Manager and Regional Support Manager

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

Common sense, dedication, understanding the job role and responsibilities that come with it.  Being accountable for the work that we do.  Robust induction and ongoing training is important too.

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

Being able to make a difference to people’s lives

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

I am currently managing a home that is rated inadequate.  My aim is to move the home forward and to make necessary changes to achieve the best possible outcomes for residents, staff and the organisation

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I turned around a large multi-site that was not performing well, regained its reputation in the community and amongst professionals, achieved 100% occupancy and showed profitability under 2 years.  Nominated Deputy Manager of the Year as well as Home Manager of the Year.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Good listener, supportive, visible, flexible, firm but friendly, well organised and have good people skills.  Not being afraid to ask for help or advice when needed.

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

Cinema, theatre, TV, exercise and spending time with my family and friends

To achieve a Good CQC rating, developing and coaching team, identifying talent.  Residents enjoying their stay at The Chase and families feeling confident leaving loved ones in our care

 

 

Densel Jacques Kitchen Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

Level 2 NVQ in catering/hospitality

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

I am passionate about achieving results and enjoy a challenge

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

Head Chef

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

Dedication, patience, willingness to learn new things, a team player, be able to achieve results and multi task

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

Interacting with residents and fulfilling their needs

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Creating new and fresh ideas with food.  Building new and strong working teams

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Patience, good communication, willingness to build relationships, understanding, be able to implement new ideas and encourage all.

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

Socialising, family time and sports

Implementing new ideas, helping the team to adjust to change, listening to the team’s ideas.  Creating and building great relationships through food

Karen Valles Deputy Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

BS Nursing, FHP (Foot Health Practitioner)

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

New challenges and I used to work at The Chase.  This is the home for me.

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

Clinical Services Manager

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

Be a role model, understand people’s personalities and respect diversity.  Be equipped with knowledge.

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

All day – my adrenaline seems to stay the same all day

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being nominated twice as employee of the year

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Be pro-active, a good listener and a doer

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

Travel

To have a good/outstanding CQC report.

Nishanth Jayathilake Team Leader

Please detail any relevant education/training

Degree in business management, University of Sri Lanka.  NVQ Level 3. Dementia awareness level 2.  Currently working towards NVQ level 5.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

May 2017

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home

It’s a growing organisation and I would like to contribute in making a difference to residents living at The Chase

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

Care assistant, senior health carer an senior team leader

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

Common sense, dedication, understanding of job role and being accountable for the work that we all do.  Being honest and hardworking.  A robust induction and ongoing training is important too.

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

Being able to make a difference to people’s lives.  Make them happy and satisfied.

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

My aim is to move the home forward and to make necessary changes to achieve the best possible outcomes for residents, staff and the organisation

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I was awarded best employee of the year and gem of the year by a previous employee.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Be a good listener, supportive, visible, flexible, firm but friendly, honest, well organised and have good people skills.

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

TV, travelling, watching documentaries, spending time with friends, used to play rugby and now I enjoy watching, safari and visiting ancient places

Helping staff, supporting manager, communication with relatives to achieve a Good CQC rating, developing and coaching the team and identifying talent.

Vanessa Atkinson Lead Administrator

Please detail any relevant education/training

GCSE’s, A level and Level 2 in Health and Social Care.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2018.

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes

I am from a care home background and administration.  The vacancy came up for lead administrator and I took this opportunity to combine my experience and skills.

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

Care team manager in a residential home.

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

A person needs to carry out all the relevant training first.  They need to use their existing skills and experience and a lot of common sense.  The person needs to be highly organised and have the ability to multi-skill as this is a very busy office with a wide variety of tasks.  They need to be professional, honest and work well with others.

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

I enjoy all the tasks that I carry out as I know that this ties in with making a difference and supporting our residents who are vulnerable people that require support.

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

My biggest challenge was moving from an administration background, as I was a civil servant for 16 years and transitioning into the care sector first as a carer then as a care team manager and undergoing all the required training, however I really enjoyed this challenge.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

This would be receiving an outstanding marking 5 consecutive years whilst I was a manager in the civil service and completing my NVQ in health and social care.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Being open and fair.  Approachable and supportive.  Organised and knowing the role well.  A role model, a leader and not a dictator.

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

I like to spend time with my fiancé and family.  I enjoy going out for dinner and drinks with friends.  Going on holiday to new places.  I enjoy reading and watching TV.  I carry out car boots sales which are great fun.

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

Doing a good job day in and day out and knowing that I am helping people and our residents.  Gaining further experience and working with lovely people.

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    The Chase,
    4 Printers Avenue,
    off Whippendell Road,
    Watford,
    Hertfordshire,
    WD18 7QR

    01923 232307