The Hillings

St Neots, Cambridgeshire

01480 214020

The Hillings,
Grenville Way,
Eaton Socon,
St Neots,
Cambridgeshire, PE19 8HZ


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Our Home

The Hillings is a purpose built residential home in Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire, comprising of a number of attractive wings arranged around well stocked courtyard gardens. The home accommodates residents requiring both residential and dementia care. The individual bedrooms are spacious and well-furnished although we encourage residents to bring items of their furniture and possessions with them, so that they can create a true ‘home from home’. Every wing has a large lounge and dining area where residents meet to socialise and share meals.

In a quiet residential area, The Hillings is easy to find for visitors and guests yet tucked away at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac where rest and relaxation are guaranteed. Surrounding the home is an area of lawn where residents can walk or, during good weather, sit under the shade of the trees. The courtyard gardens are stocked with colourful shrubs and plants that give year round interest, particularly to those that have a love of gardening, making it one of the most attractive residential homes in Cambridgeshire.

Facilities

  • 72 bedrooms
  • Well furnished, modernised wings that offer a ‘home from home’ feel
  • In-house hairdressing salon provides all usual services plus manicures and hand massages
  • Visiting optician, dentist and chiropodist
  • Special diets are catered for
  • Well stocked courtyard gardens
  • Caters for both residential and dementia care needs

Activities

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

  • Baking club
  • Breakfast club
  • Beer club
  • Bowling club
  • Church services
  • Regular outings
  • Quizzes
  • Chair based activities
  • Coffee mornings
  • Library visits
  • Residents meetings
Deb Wiltshire Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I heard great things about the company, particularly about caring for residents and staff

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

Senior Lecturer – Faculty Health ARU – 7 years and District Nursing Sister – 7 years

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

Be nice to people, care and be kind. It is the small things that make the biggest difference. Smile and do what you say you are going to do.

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

All day

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

In this post it has been getting to grips with the enormity of the challenge of running a large care home. The responsibility for staff and residents’ welfare. The challenge also of making sure we get it right for our residents as this will almost certainly be the last place people live and it is so important to help them to be happy and feel fulfilled

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Qualifying as a nurse and then a teacher. Completing my Level 5 Manager’s Award and securing my role at The Hillings

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Fairness but needing to be firm when required. Supportive and able to show compassion

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

My most wonderful dog. I am writing a children’s poetry book and I will illustrate this myself. I am also looking to learn the guitar

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

I love the team – they are amazing and our residents are wonderful. It feels like an extended family

Tracey Sharp General Head of Care

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

N/A

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

Stay at home Mother

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

Caring, compassionate and patient

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

N/A

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

N/A

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Completing Level 5 in Leadership and Management

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Honesty, understanding, supportive of staff and good leadership skills

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

Reading and gardening

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

Chatting with the residents

Tracey Morris Deputy Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I have worked with the elderly since I was 16. I had a few years break when I had my family and then worked with individuals with learning disabilities for 5 years. I worked for Royal Mencap society for 5 years working my way up from support worker to deputy manager.

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

Being able to run a team effectively, good at problem solving. An individual who will listen to staff but can be assertive when necessary. Be able to make difficult decisions in the absence of the manager but also be able to take instruction from the manager

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

When I can go home knowing that I have done a good job and managed to make a difference

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Honesty, leadership, being part of a team allowing staff to openly bring suggestions to meetings and acting on them if appropriate

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

Spending time with my family, 3 dogs and cat. I enjoy time with my grandchildren also

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

I enjoy working at The Hillings as we have a fantastic team and I am proid to be part of it. There is laughter and we all tend to support each other

Doris Beak Administrator

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

I have always worked in admin. I worked with the bursar of a local comprehensive school in Scunthorpe. I also worked in the education centre, reception and post room at the school. I’ve worked with community voluntary services placing volunteers with organisations. I worked in the community adolescent unit for Scunthorpe Social Services assisting a team of managers working with youngsters who had been in care/foster homes to find accommodation and employment. I then had an 11 employment gap whilst bringing up my daughter and before moving to St Neots.

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

Patience and stamina. The ability to multi-task and have a happy, outgoing personality. You need to be a people person as this role is front of house and reception based.

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

An individual with empathy, is caring and happy in their job. Someone who is approachable.

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

Spending time with my family, listening to music, watching cycling and sitting in the sunshine with a good book listening to the birds sing.

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

Listening to our residents’ life stories or seeing a smile from someone you have helped make their day better

Natalie Reader Activities Co-ordinator

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

I worked in the community doing domiciliary care work

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

Caring, compassionate, patient, a good listener, active and cheerful

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

When I go around the home to say good morning to all of our residents and ask them if they would like to take part in any of the activities

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Bringing a smile to residents’ faces and seeing them enjoy themselves taking part in an activity I have created for them

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Honesty, understanding, supportive of staff and good leadership skills

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

Reading, sowing, baking, arts & crafts and walks

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

Chatting with our residents and getting them to try or learn something new

Marion Woodbridge Housekeeper

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

My children had got to a perfect age for me to work again

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

Stay at home Mother and hairdresser

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

Caring, compassionate, patient and have good organisation skills

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

Going home knowing I have done a good job

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

Keeping in budget when ordering supplies

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

When I became housekeeper (head of department) as I started as a domestic

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Honesty, understanding, supportive of staff and goof leadership skills

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

Reading and spending time with my grandchild

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

Chatting with residents whilst I go around the home cleaning

Richard Joyce Maintenance/Gardener

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

Industrial and office cleaning. Building trade

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

Patience – be able to overcome problems

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

All day, you never get bored

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Building a house for an ex-boxer

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

An individual who understands the needs of the staff team.

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

I like to make wooden jigsaw puzzles and candle holders. Target shooting – have represented Cambridgeshire reserves and competed in the National championships

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

Continued long career

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    The Hillings,
    Grenville Way,
    Eaton Socon,
    St Neots,
    Cambridgeshire, PE19 8HZ

    01480 214020