The Malthouse

Gillingham, Dorset

01747 822667

The Malthouse,
Bay Road,
Gillingham,
Dorset,
SP8 4EW


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Our Home

The Malthouse specialises in residential support for the elderly. One of the most highly regarded care homes in Dorset, The Malthouse offers attractive, spacious accommodation with the majority of rooms having en-suite facilities.

The home has been awarded a GSF accreditation.  The Gold Standards Framework gives outstanding training to all those providing end of life care to ensure better lives for people and recognised standards of care.

Independent living accommodation is also available at The Malthouse in The Stables and The Lodges.

The home is full of character and charm which makes for a relaxing and homely environment.

The home has a beautiful garden offering a tranquil setting for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Following the last inspection at The Malthouse, CQC rated the home as ‘Good’.

The Malthouse is one of the most highly regarded care homes in Dorset.  The home has a beautiful garden offering a tranquil setting for residents and visitors to enjoy. The staff team is made up of local people, some of whom have worked at the home for years.

The Malthouse is situated within walking distance of our pretty, quaint town centre. With many beautiful locations within easy reach such as Stourhead Gardens, Pythouse walled gardens and Shaftesbury where you can visit Goldhill famous for the Hovis advert and admire the stunning views across the Blackmore vale.

Facilities

  • 33 rooms, the majority with en-suite facilities
  • Independent living accommodation in The Stables and The Lodges
  • An elegant dining room
  • Home-cooked and appetising dishes prepared daily from local produce. Special dietary requirements are catered for.
  • Attractive landscaped gardens
  • Two beautiful lounges, both with inglenook fireplaces
  • Visiting library service
  • Shop within the home offering stationery, toiletries, cards and confectionery
  • Additional services include visiting chiropodist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, osteopath, dentist and optician

Activities

  • Regular activity programmes
  • Music – visiting musicians and singers
  • Games
  • Pottery
  • Annual garden party
  • Keep fit
  • Visiting speakers
  • Regular trips out
  • Gardening club
  • Knit and natter
Claire Stredwick Home Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

NVQ 3 & 4 Management, C24 & C25 Trainers Awards an D32 & D33 Assessors awards

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2011

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

Home Manager

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

I don’t do problems, only solutions. A good all-rounder, not afraid to roll up your sleeves and muck in and lead by example

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

I don’t have a favourite, I love it all

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

A good all-rounder. Patient, empathetic and a people person. Lead by example. A good sense of humour. Fair to all.

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

Walking my dog with my husband. Spending time with my grown up children and two grandchildren

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

Teamwork. It’s like coming to your second home

Lisa Brown Deputy Manager

Please detail any relevant education/training

NVQ 2 & 3 Health and Social Care, Diploma level 3 Management

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2006

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

Team Leader

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

Work as part of a team, good leadership and be organised.  Be friendly and outgoing.

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

Having a great and positive relationship with my colleagues, residents and their families.

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

Learning and developing in to the role of Assistant Manager

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Achieving my role as Assistant Manager, I am so proud

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Having a good relationship and communication with staff and being organised

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

Spending time with my son Finley, family and friends

I enjoy the challenges.  I like the responsibility of looking out for the residents and the staff team

Joy Standerwick Activities Co-ordinator

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

Cook

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

Understanding, patient, outgoing, kind, a sense of humour/fun and being organised

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

When we get together for a group activity such as team scrabble and cookery club

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Changing my role from cook to activities organiser because I see so much more of our residents

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Staff interaction, someone you can go to for advice and an individual who works alongside staff

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

I like to read romance novels. I support Fulham FC and often go to watch them play

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

Coming in and working with a happy team

Mark Fishenden Maintenance

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

General building, painting and decorating

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

To be versatile and prepared to roll up your sleeves and muck in

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

8.30am as that is the time I start

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

Everyday is a challenge, but everyday brings its own rewards. If the residents are happy, I’m happy

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

A good home manager needs to be a good organiser, be firm and fair and be someone you can talk to anytime

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

Two children to taxi about to football, swimming and gymnastics. I enjoy all sports and spending time with my family4

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

The smiles on the staff and residents faces each morning when I walk in

Maureen Itter Head Cook

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

The Malthouse is a beautiful home with a good reputation

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

Head Cook at two other care homes in Somerset, plus 10 years in a school as Head Cook

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

Understand the dietary needs of each resident and be able to produce tasty food to a high standard while keeping up with all of the paperwork and hygiene specifications as required.

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

The cookery and the company.

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

When weather disrupts deliveries. Having to think on my feet to change menus and continue to provide nutritious meals

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I have worked many Christmas Days which are always a joy

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Level headed and able to cope with any problems that arise

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

Walking my dogs. Making celebration cakes. Meals with friends and family. Working out at the local gym. Reading

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

The company. It’s more like a family than work!

Pat David Activities Organiser

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I wanted a new challenge

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

HGV driver

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

A good knowledge of DIY

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I made a snowman and penguin for Christmas which cheered everyone up

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Compassion, kindness, good organisational qualities and patience

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

Refurbishing my home takes up most of my spare time

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

The people really are a team, always helping each other

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    The Malthouse,
    Bay Road,
    Gillingham,
    Dorset,
    SP8 4EW

    01747 822667