Oaklands Care Home was first set-up in 1983 and has been under the present ownership of Tim Maloney since January 1988. Oaklands was for many years a farm house and the original building dates back about 200 years. A large purpose-built extension was added in 1990 and the adjacent house was acquired in June 2005 which is now joined to the main home. It provides a further two spacious single rooms with en suite facilities. A further extension was added to the home in mid-2007 with the addition of extensive communal spaces and an up-grade to existing facilities taking place at the same time. These most recent additions were taken into use in early October 2007.
The home is registered with the Care Quality Commission (the CQC) for the admission of a maximum of 31 residents. The home is inspected regularly by the CQC and the inspection reports are available on the Internet. Go to www.cqc.org.uk, click on the Find a Report button and follow the prompts. As a result of the most recent unannounced inspection on 15.12.2015. An assessment by the Care Manager is a requirement before a place can be offered in order to ascertain that the home is capable of meeting the needs of the client concerned. Fees are dependant on the needs of the resident and room chosen as suitable.
The home comprises a total of 26 bedrooms with 12 of them having en suite facilities. There are 4 shared rooms all of which are very spacious and divided up by curtains in order to respect the privacy and dignity of the residents. There are 4 bathrooms one of which is equipped with a reclining Parker bath. There are 5 separate toilets in the home over and above the en suite toilets.
The home has hoists to assist non-weight-bearing and partialweight-bearing residents. A selection of different types of beds and mattresses are available for use with differing levels of care.
There is a shaft passenger lift for access to the first floor in the old building and all our laundry needs are met by the home, which is equipped with the latest equipment that meets all applicable standards.
The bedrooms are decorated and equipped to a high standard and we encourage our residents to bring with them any personal items such as furnishings, ornaments and photographs in order to help them feel more at home. Personal televisions and telephones may be installed if so desired.
Oaklands has a large central lounge for residents and their guests to use. There is a spacious dining room although residents may prefer to take meals in their rooms. There are 2 communal televisions in the home and many residents have their own televisions in their rooms. The home also has several stereo systems and various types of music are played depending on what the residents would like.
The home has a large enclosed garden area at the rear that is often used during the summer months for parties and celebrations. Residents and their families can spend time together in the garden when visiting, with ample car parking at the front.
Several entertainers from outside the home come in to perform in various ways and the staff are encouraged to take part in games and conversation with the residents. We also involve residents with chosen activities.
The home meets all current fire regulations and standards throughout. A major risk assessment and up-grade programme was completed in mid-2011 which brings the home into line with the highest applicable standards. Automatic self-closing doors are fitted in most corridors which are triggered when the fire alarm sounds. All rooms and communal spaces are fitted with smoke detectors which are linked into the main fire alarm panel. A battery-powered emergency lighting system is fitted which provides adequate lighting for escape purposes in the event that there is a power outage during an emergency. All these systems are tested regularly during drills and staff training sessions.
CCTV covers the home extensively for the greater security of the residents, staff and visitors but this does not intrude upon the residents’ privacy.
The home is staffed well in excess of the CQC’s minimum standards 24-hours a day with experienced, diverse staff that are under the supervision of the Care Manager, Denise Vivers. Staff training is a continual process with all being involved in on-going self-improvement programmes. All workers are either NVQ 2, 3 or 5 qualified. All new staff are in the process of NVQ training.
Yes, I am happy here, and the food is so good and lots of it. I love it here everyone is so kind and can’t do enough for you. Mrs G
I am so pleased that my daughter found this home. I have been here for 2 years and would not like to be anywhere else. Mrs W
My mother is happy here which makes me happy to know she is well looked after and safe. Mrs H