Our new Registered Manager

We are delighted to announce we have a new Registered Manager at The Manor House. Raffia Ali has successfully completed the required assessment and interview with the CQC to achieve this appointment. Raffia is a registered nurse with over 40 years’ experience.

Jayne Wood, Director of Nursing says, “since Raffia joined us over 2 years ago her commitment to The Manor House, nursing and caring has been clear to see. She is an excellent leader and supports carers who are training within our team. We are delighted Raffia has successfully been approved by the CQC and can now be an official Register Manager at The Manor House Nursing Home”.

Raffia says,” I love being a caregiver, I focus on facilitating good patient care and my dedication to quality, standards and being thorough come from my experience as a frontline Nursing Manager from my years in the Army. This role is by far the most rewarding I have ever had; we have a great team here I am really happy to be part of to deliver the best care for our residents”.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please call 01785 250600.  To join our team please see our current vacancies here.

Our 2021 Pudsey Party 

This November we joined the nation in going all out for Children in Need.

With decorations throughout the home and in our central dining and event space, The Hub – covered in brightly coloured balloons and bunting, staff dressed up, Pudsey ears all round, arts & crafts, music, dancing, and dinner accompanied by iced fairy cakes it has been quite the week!

Everyone had so much fun – the residents love it when our team pick up the microphone and start to sing for them, and there is no doubt music and dancing brings lots of smiles and joy.

Occasions such as this where we can throw a party and turn up the music are a great way of igniting a real sense of community spirit, warmth, and friendships here at The Manor House Nursing Home. Our Activities Team create a calendar of events to ensure there is always a range of entertainment for residents to get involved with. We also ensure, that if for any reason a resident cannot attend the main event in The Hub, the team will take the event to them in their bedroom or one of the communal lounge spaces to ensure no one misses out.

To find out more about Activities and daily routines at the Manor House, or if you have any other questions, please call us on 01785 250600.

Well done Connie

Our resident Connie has been working hard alongside our dedicated dieticians to manage her weight and has lost a very impressive 1 stone.

At The Manor House, someone’s diet and nutritional intake is a key part of their care. Whether a resident is struggling to consume proper meals or needs to gain weight following a period of illness or, whether their health would benefit from loosing a little weight, our team of experts carefully plan meals to ensure every resident receives what they need as part of their individual care plan.

All meals are made here at The Manor House by our chef in our on-site kitchen. As well as nutritionally balanced meals we can offer fortified build-up shakes, nutritionally balanced finger foods, or meals that need to be pureed to ensure a resident can eat them. We pay close attention to details too, with pureed meals for example, we then re-shape and mould the food to look like the original meal.

Jayne Wood, Director of Nursing said, “Well done Connie! Delivering effective Nursing Care is multi-layered and nutrition plays a vital role in everyone’s wellbeing, which is why we are passionate about ensuring every resident receives exactly what they need to support their health needs. Managing someone’s weight whether sustaining, gaining, or loosing requires as much focus as administering medication, our dedicated Nutrition Champion and chefs work really hard to ensure residents receive the food and drinks they need.”

Team Training

As part of The Manor House’s commitment to the ongoing training and development of our team, five carers have recently completed and passed a 3-day course followed by comprehensive assessment in ‘Moving and Handling, Train the Trainers’, meaning they now have the qualifications and knowledge to train other members of the team. We now have a total of 7 members of staff who are qualified to train others in ‘Moving and Handling’.

At The Manor House, every single member of staff must complete ‘Moving and Handling’ as part of their induction which must be completed before they can begin working anywhere within the home. The ability to move a resident carefully and safely, whether it’s helping them to move from a bed to a chair, get dressed, use the bathroom, or walk, it is essential that the person responsible knows the techniques to use to keep the resident comfortable, but also to ensure care is taken to not injure themselves in the process.

Jodie McVay, Managing Director said, “congratulations to all five who passed the course and can now help to train others in this essential safety task within the home.”

Graduation Day

Huge congratulations to Martin Pedley and Jyoti Sodhi who have recently graduated their NVQ level 2 course in Health and Social Care.

Martin, a Senior Care Assistant and Jyoti, Acting Senior Care Assistant attended the graduation ceremony in October along with Managing Director Jodie to receive their certificates.

Both are now going on to work towards their level 3. Jayne Wood, Director of Nursing commented, “we are very proud of Martin and Jyoti, both approach their work and their studies with incredible commitment and determination. Having the right training and qualifications to support career progression and ensure staff have the necessary skills to complete their jobs well is essential, and at The Manor House Nursing Home we support our staff through their studies through hands on training and advice and knowledge sharing from more experienced members of the team.”

If you would like to find out about job opportunities at The Manor House, please click here or call us on 01785 250600.

Happy Halloween

It’s no secret we love a chance to decorate and throw a party – and what better time than at Halloween!

We set the scene with pumpkin carving, a very messy, fun activity for our residents to enjoy.

Then, it was on to the Halloween dinner and party. We decorated The Hub, made Halloween themed food including cakes, played games, and of course turned up the music for lots of dancing.

Jodie McVay, Managing Director said, “having a full and varied activities calendar is a vital part of the wellbeing of our residents. We built The Hub as part of our new building in 2020, to allow us to have a large space where all of our residents could come together for meals and special events. Our staff love to get involved too and can often be seen in a fancy-dress costume to really add to the occasion.”

At The Manor House, we make the most of every occasion, and as Autumn turns into Winter our season of events really gets going. Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for our next events.

Themed Thursdays

We have introduced themed Thursdays!  This June saw us launch our new themed Thursday events where we will host themed lunches in The Hub to give our residents chance to try different food and cultural activities from across the globe.

We started with Italian, followed by Indian then Chinese with plans for Spanish and Mexican to name just a few.  Over the coming months we’ll be travelling the culinary world!

We’ll decorate The Hub with balloons in the colours of the flag for the country of choice as well as having menu options inspired by the themes’ cuisine such as curry, paella, tortillas, or spaghetti.   Photo menus will be used to help to show the residents what to expect for their lunch; as always, all dietary requirements outlined in every resident’s individual care plan will still be adhered to.  The staff will dress up to bring the theme to life and of course, as we like to see feet tapping, hands clapping and faces smiling here at The Manor House, we’ll put on music for residents to enjoy a dance with our care staff…. from the flamenco to bhangra and the mariachi we think Themed Thursdays will encourage a lot of fun!

Our new monthly online relatives’ meeting

We’ve just launched our first ever online relatives’ meeting. This is a chance for relatives to all meet, online and catch up with the management team at The Manor House. As the feedback has been very positive, we will be holding these monthly from now on. All relatives will get the chance to submit items for the agenda in advance of the meeting.

As well as discussing anything of importance to you, we can give relatives updates about what is happening at The Manor House, tell you any plans for events, changes for visiting in line with Government Guidelines for Covid-19 and everything else it is important for our relatives to know. The meeting is also a chance for a relative to share their thoughts, we know it isn’t easy for relatives having someone they love reside in a Care Home, and hopefully seeing faces and talking with other people offers some level of support.

For any more personal questions that relatives would not wish to discuss in an open forum our phones are always manned so there is never a need to wait for a meeting for any questions you may have; we are always here and happy to talk.

St George’s Day celebrations

On Friday 23rd April we celebrated St George’s Day. Despite St George’s Day not being celebrated as widely as it used to be throughout the country, for many of our residents this is a day they will have celebrated for many years and we love to follow traditions and ensure our residents get to too.

We celebrate St George’s Day every year – but this year given the pandemic we have faced and limitations on visits and outings we wanted to make it extra special for our residents.

We decorated the Hub and put on a party! We made flags and the residents were visited by a couple of special guests – 2 Shetland ponies escorted by one of our Manager’s children dressed in traditional attire. Bringing in animals, or ‘pet therapy’ as it is known, is something we do regularly at the Manor House with carefully selected animals. Animals are known to bring joy and happiness and petting an animal can have a very calming influence. For residents with dementia, those who have perhaps owned a pet in their life, visits from animals can help them recall memories and experience a feeling of joy and happiness by their presence.

A really great day was enjoyed by everyone, as well as the decorations and ponies, we turned up the music for a sing and dance and enjoyed lovely food. We’re very much looking forward to our next celebration. Hopefully, it won’t be long and we can invite all relatives to join in too.

Exploring our Sensory Garden

Now Spring has arrived, the daffodils are popping up and colour is filling our gardens it seemed opportune time to write about our sensory garden.  It won’t be long before the sun comes out and our residents can spend their days relaxing in the gardens. 

A project built with care and attention; the sensory garden was created by Jacqui McVay who designed this purpose-built haven within the grounds of The Manor House.  The vast lawns with seating areas lead the way to a garden that is full of hidden delights.  Beautiful features like statues and an old boat, plants attracting butterflies and a herb garden laden with photos and descriptions provide variety and lots of areas of interest for our residents to enjoy.

The paths intertwine towards a memory tree and stag statue who takes pride of place. 

A barbeque located within a gazebo is ready for summertime parties for residents and their loved ones.

The garden also features a paddock where we regularly bring in petting animals for our residents to interact with.  A greenhouse and potting areas are located within the garden for our green fingered residents.

We’re really looking forward to spending time in the gardens this spring and summer, and hopefully welcoming back visitors once again.

Look out for photos of the gardens on our Facebook page.

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