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Uvedale Hall

Needham Market, Suffolk

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Uvedale Hall,
Coddenham Road,
Needham Market,
Suffolk,
IP6 8AX

Key Facts

Our Home

Uvedale Hall is located in the Gipping Valley in the attractive Suffolk town of Needham Market. The home is convenient for visiting Ipswich and Stowmarket, and Needham Lake is nearby, a perfect location for walking. Residents can enjoy the garden with its well maintained grounds and central fountain, as well as a conservatory with garden views.

Uvedale Hall is an attractive Georgian home that has three elegant lounges, a south-facing conservatory and a magnificent staircase, winding round a sparkling chandelier. Accommodation is offered in single bedrooms all of which are with en-suite facilities and are tastefully decorated. Television and telephone points are provided. Rooms are fully furnished, however, residents are encouraged to bring items of their own furniture and possessions with them so that their room can become truly their own.

The home also features a garden-based cabin, equipped with two entrance points, protective Perspex screens, intercom system, heating/insulation, and a nurse call button. This facility allows us to provide greater capacity for visits by friends and relatives when we are not able to meet visiting needs within the home. Strict infection control procedures are maintained to keep all our residents staff and visitors safe.

Uvedale Hall offers residential and respite care to up to 29 residents. Our caring staff are available constantly and provide professional care that respects the rights and dignity of the individual. Residents are regularly assessed to ensure that their needs are fully met. Appointments can be arranged with a visiting optician, dentist, and chiropodist.

The home has an in-house hairdressing salon that provides all the usual services plus manicures and hand massages. Catering staff provides delicious meals and snacks throughout the day, and special diets can of course be provided for.

Facilities

  • 29 bedrooms
  • Visiting optician, dentist, chiropodist and reflexologist
  • In-house hairdressing salon
  • Two elegant lounges
  • South facing conservatory
  • Large well stocked fish pond and beautiful gardens
  • Special diets catered for

Activities

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

  • Games room
  • Garden club
  • Choir
  • Chair-based exercises
  • Visits from the local Vicar
  • Knitting afternoons
  • Supermarket visits
  • Cookery
  • Art & crafts
  • Life stories
  • Special events
  • Boccia club
  • Yoga
  • Reminiscence and music therapy
  • Fishing club
  • Kurling club
  • Bowling club
  • Minibus trips
  • Guest speakers
Anna Coker Head of Housekeeping

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I knew about the home as I live in Needham Market. A friend of the company recommended the home. I thought I would thrive in a care home environment

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

Caretaker at Stowmarket Community Education Centre

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

Be very flexible, reliable, trustworthy and be multi-skilled

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

All of it. I enjoy my job and enjoy spending one-to-one time with the residents

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

Every day can be a challenge. On occasion preparing a room for a new resident at very short notice

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Obtaining my NVQ and being nominated for a Healthcare Homes Group award

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Being able to listen to ideas and to be open minded. To be approachable and join in. Have a good sense of humour.

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

Socialising, spending time with family and reading

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

Seeing our residents every day and having a great time in my daily work

Jo Watson Administrator

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

I like working in an office environment and had previously worked in care. I thought it would be a great opportunity to join the two skills together

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

I worked for Papworth Trust caring for people with challenging behaviour and autism

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

Communication, empathy towards our residents and their families. Organisational skills, be approachable and have a pleasant telephone manner

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

Knowing that my day ahead is unpredictable which gives me a challenge

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

Working with challenging behaviour and completing Unisafe training. In my current role, keeping up to date with current legislation

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Getting used to new systems and achieving a good understanding of my role requirements

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Be able to communicate at all levels. Being fair to all staff members and treating everyone equally. Have an open mind and be approachable. Have a friendly disposition and a good sense of humour

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

Socialising. Spending time with my grandchildren and two Bichons

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

Our residents and staff and the fact that it is a happy home with lots of very interesting characters and personalities. I look forward to our social events we have and being involved in organising and planning these

Jan Axton Activities Coordinator

Please detail any relevant education/training

City and Guilds in Community Care when I left school. Personal license holder, food hygiene.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2017

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

New challenges.

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

Care coordinator at West Suffolk Hospital on Stroke Unit for 17 years.

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

To listen to the residents and be patient and not rush them.

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

Catching up with the residents in the morning and reminiscing.

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

Getting to know the residents likes and dislikes. Finding things everyone wants to participate with.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Raising over £30,000 in a year to open 3 derelict rooms at W.S.H within a year for therapy rooms.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

I think a good home manager needs good communication skills, be able to listen to staff and residents and be able to adjust to changes.

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

I am the license holder at our village hall. I run the bar with my husband who is the chairman of the village hall committee. I enjoy arts and crafts.

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

Getting to know new residents and finding different places to go and new activities.

Wayne Curtis Maintenance

Please detail any relevant education/training

Apprenticeship in painting and decorating.

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2020

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

I’ve done a lot of work for the elderly and thought working at a care home would be my ideal job.

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

Self-employed painter and decorator/handyman.

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

Be very reliable, trustworthy and be multi-skilled.

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

I love my job and enjoy multi-tasking and being around the residents.

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

Taking my position of the maintenance man and learning about the care home environment.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Getting my job at Uvedale and achieving a good understanding of my role.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Caring and understanding the needs of the carers and residents.

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

I’ve won awarding in Ipswich in bloom so I love being outdoors and spending time with my family.

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

Coming into work in a friendly and homely atmosphere and being part of the team.

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    Uvedale Hall,
    Coddenham Road,
    Needham Market,
    Suffolk,
    IP6 8AX

    01449 722250

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