The Gables

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

01493 667839


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Our Home

The Gables is a care home in Gorleston that offers residential care in a beautiful Victorian mansion with large rooms and a wealth of fine architectural detail such as the ornate door architraves. Large lounges allow residents to relax in comfortable surroundings with their family and friends. Tastefully decorated bedrooms, many of which are en-suite, add to our residents’ comfort, with several benefiting from sea views. Although all rooms are fully furnished, we encourage residents to bring with them items of furniture and personal possessions so that their room can be a true ‘home from home’.

The Gables and its gardens overlook the promenade at Gorleston, near to the towns of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Whilst the Home has splendid views of the North Sea, residents are encouraged to enjoy the promenade to ‘take in the sea air’. Whether you are interested in ships, small boats or people, there is always something to watch. The grounds, a mere stones throw from the beach, include a sheltered patio, waist high flower beds and a barbecue area. The annual fete, held in the garden, is one way in which The Gables fully embraces the community spirit.

Facilities

  • 30 bedrooms
  • Tastefully modernised Victorian mansion house
  • Visiting optician, dentist and chiropodist
  • In-house hairdressing salon providing usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Special dietary requirements catered for
  • Fabulous sea views
  • Close to local amenities

Activities

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

  • Indoor bowls
  • Craft afternoons
  • Sing-Along sessions
  • Exercise classes
  • Card making
  • Bingo
  • Gardening and patio pots
  • Cream tea afternoons
  • Annual gala
Chris Chambers Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I was approached to join the company as one of the Director’s had heard about my work and successes

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

Home Manager for different providers

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

Motivation, patience, sense of vision, being able to think out of the box and flexibility

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

Getting the chance to spend time with the residents. Being the manager, I try to see everyone each day, although sometimes difficult

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

In a previous company, managing a major refurbishment of the home and changing the ethos. When I started at the home, it was rated inadequate and I was able to change this to a good rating with CQC

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I started my career in care as a domestic assistant working my way up to carer then senior carer. I have been in the care setting for over 25 years and still enjoy it

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Same as above…

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

I own four basset hounds and enjoy walking them along the beach in Gorleston. I enjoy socialising with friends.

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

I enjoy the daily challenges of managing a care home and being able to make a difference for both residents and staff

Julia Hayes Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I worked in a dementia registered home which was being re-built as an 88 bed home. I did not like the set-up of it and preferred the homely feel at The Gables.

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

Care Co-ordinator

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

Be open to new ways of working, embrace change. Question everything.

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

Time spent with the residents, knowing you have made a difference and enhanced their well-being

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

My biggest challenge was coing in to a care setting that did not understand person centred care and were very task orientated. Changing the culture took time.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Winning the dementia award for the East of England in 2013

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

I believe that care comes from the heart. A good manager needs to care for all of the staff, residents and relatives and have their best interests at heart

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

I love to spend time with my three daughters, grandchildren, husband and three dogs. I also read tarot cards and enjoy reading.

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

I enjoy working with my Mnaager; we have worked together for over 10 years. I enjoy listening to residents reminiscing about their pasts.

Candelaria McCarthy Housekeeper

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

Counter assistant in a supermarket in Canary Islands

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

To have commitment and attention to detail

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

When I visit residents in their rooms and see if they would like me to do anything; they are always so appreciative

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

Trying to achieve a good job

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Someone who can provide leadership, inspire staff and be approachable

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

Unwind with a perfect cup of tea

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

The people who I work with and those we do work for

Allison Sartin Activities Co-ordinator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

The home is local to me; I started as a carer

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

Carer

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

Work well in a team. Speak to residents about their preferences of activities. Have a varied activities programme to suit all.

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

Holding group activities and chatting to residents about their day. Also having one-to-one time with residents

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

Organising trips out for residents. Holding a mad hatters tea party where both residents and staff wore fancy dress

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Decorating the dining room and tables for major events. Having successful coffee mornings and raffles

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Working as a team and supporting colleagues

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

Arts and crafts, knitting, crochet and DIY

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

I enjoy spending time with residents, having a good working environment and a good team

Chrissy Thompson Senior Carer

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

The Gables is a beautiful looking home and I really wished to work in care

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

Hairdressing

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

Naturally caring, have time and patience, be understanding, person centred, adaptable to change, professional and hygienic

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

Lunchtime – seeing our residents and staff enjoying their meals together, socialising and enjoying the music in the background

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

The home changing from a nursing home to residential and dementia. Adapting to the changes in the home, staff changes and pushing the home to be person centred.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Completing my NVQ2 and becoming a senior carer

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Supporting the staff and giving praise. Knowing our residents and staff. Be a good communicator.

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

Socialising with friends and family. Walking my dog, reading and watching TV shows.

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

The residents receiving the care and support they need and are happy. A happy home.

Gary White Maintenance and Health & Safety Rep

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I had relocated to the area and was looking for a maintenance position

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

Maintenance for a different care home group

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

Flexibility is key because you are always moving between jobs. Ability to problem solve and be multi-skilled

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

I have a permanent need for information and learning. I have learnt a lot in my role but always wish to learn more

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I enjoy projects – at The Gables I refurbished an unused bedroom and created a hair salon

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

A manager needs to be multi-skilled, approachable, professional but easy to get on with

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

Studying animal behaviour and reading about animal sciences. Keeping and breeding exotic animals. Tortoise and turtle welfare

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

I like the variety in my job and I enjoy being around the residents

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    The Gables,
    6 Marine Parade,
    Gorleston,
    Great Yarmouth,
    Norfolk,
    NR31 6DU

    01493 667839