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Uvedale Hall

Needham Market, Suffolk

01449 722250

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


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Our Home

Uvedale Hall is one of the finest residential care homes in Suffolk, offering an unparalleled range of facilities and services in idyllic surroundings. This beautiful Georgian home boasts three elegant lounges, a South-facing conservatory and a magnificent staircase, winding round a sparkling chandelier. Our single bedrooms are all en-suite, tastefully decorated and provide television and telephone points. Whilst they are all fully furnished, we encourage our residents to bring items of their own furniture and possessions with them so that their room can become truly their own.

Named after the famous botanist, Robert Uvedale, Uvedale Hall lies in the Gipping Valley in the pretty Suffolk town of Needham Market. Close to Stowmarket and Ipswich, the home also has Needham Lake nearby, a lovely walk for the more energetic resident. Whilst Robert Uvedale was renowned for propagating the Cedar of Lebanon tree, it is the hundred year old geranium plant in the resident’s conservatory that attracts everyone today. Well-kept gardens, including a central fountain, are also available for our residents to enjoy.

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
Jon Hammond Home Manager

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Homes?

Regional Manager suggested that I make enquiries as Healthcare Homes offered a friendly, customer focused approach compared to the corporate company I was currently working for at the time.

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

Extra Care Scheme Manager, Day Centre Manager

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

Everyone who works in care should be compassionate about the people they support and appreciate the sacrifices that some people have had to make leaving their friends and home behind

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

Interacting with the residents and listening to their interesting stories and life experiences. It is amazing to hear some of the fascinating stories and experiences the residents have had

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

Entering a home that had an established management and settled culture and establishing new ideas and different approaches to procedures

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

My current position as Home Manager, considering that I only started my career in health care in 2011

What qualities do you think make you stand out?

Leading by example by setting a high standard of care and consideration to the residents, relatives, visitors and staff

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

I like watching club and international rugby, darts, snooker and formula 1 motor racing. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music

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

The residents have a wide mixture of life experiences. Every day is different. Some of the staff take great pride and pleasure in what they do

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 Business 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

Sue Harris Senior Carer

Please detail any relevant education/training

NVQ 2 and 3

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2012

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Moved to the local area and contacted Uvedale Hall.

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

Working in Woodbridge as a support worker and acting.

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

Multi tasking, friendly and supportive to all. Living, working and visiting the home.

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

There is nothing I dislike. I enjoy being with people.

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

The biggest challenge here was learning all the medication.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Attended training in Diabetic Foot and I’ve been able to use the information learnt.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Understanding of residents and staff.

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

Watching netball and most sports. Spending time with family, playing with grandchildren and reading.

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

Friendly and homely atmosphere.

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.

Sorrel Chatfield Head Chef

Please detail any relevant education/training

Level 2 Food Hygiene

Year started working at Healthcare Homes

2012

Why did you decide to work at Healthcare Home?

Started at weekends on housekeeping team progressing to a kitchen assistant and now I’ve been promoted to Head Chef. It’s been a good career progression.

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

I was at college studying for child care.

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

Good time keeping and taking command of the kitchen.

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

When meals are ready on time.

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

Taking the position of Head Chef as I learn about the role.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being Head Chef.

What qualities do you think make a good home manager?

Someone who listens and is organised.

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

Spending time with my daughter and seeing friends and family.

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

Good team work and supportive colleagues.

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