Hello and welcome to Summerhill’s website. My name is Kirsty and I am the Registered Manager. I have over 25 years experience of working within Health and Social Care and have spent seven years at Summerhill with 5 of these years being in the role of service manager and registered manager.
My philosophy of care, which is shared by all the staff working alongside me, is that living together and sharing a home should be an experience that is relaxed, friendly, homely and fun.
Everyone at Summerhill is treated in an individual way and all staff get to know the residents’ history and background. Most importantly, we remember that our residents have had a life and were also young once!
Summerhill is a lovely turn of the century home which has been skilfully converted to a small but fully equipped residential care home for the elderly.
Summerhill is an established Residential Home providing full residential accommodation with 24-hour personal care in a homely, family-like environment to residents who, by reason of advancing years, find it difficult to continue living by independent means. We are able to care for residents with dementia and happily accept permanent, respite and short stay admissions.
Activities and entertainments are planned around the interests & preferences of residents with their full involvement. Daily activities include musical entertainment, sing-a-longs, gentle exercise, games, quizzes, reminiscence, pamper afternoons and craft activities.
Tasty home cooked meals are prepared by enthusiastic cooks and the menus are planned to meet the preferences and dietary needs of residents.
We never forget that our residents live in their home all day, every day whilst we, the staff only visit. We therefore do everything we can to ensure that our residents feel loved, relaxed and most importantly regard Summerhill as their own home.
We have accommodation for 15 residents and all rooms have en-suite toilet facilities. All furniture and furnishings are provided, but we would encourage our residents to furnish their rooms in their own personal style and taste, and to personalise them with their own pictures, photographs and ornaments.
Our recently refurbished, modern and well designed communal areas add to the comfort of the home and our pleasant, easily accessible garden and large patio area is perfect for enjoying the sunshine, reading or having tea with friends and family.
Any specialist equipment assessed as necessary to promote health and safety to meet residents’ needs is made available and used by staff.
Kirsty, our Registered Care Manager leads a caring and experienced care team who provide personalised care and support to residents in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Staff get to know residents well and relationships are based on dignity and respect.
We continually invest in training our staff which enables our care staff to gain QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework) qualifications in care, which helps us to continue to improve the care provided to all residents.
A senior member of staff always completes a pre-admission assessment to determine whether we can meet each person’s needs. We ask people about what’s important to them, their needs, preferences, choices and this information is used to create a personalised care and support plan for the prospective resident.
Our Care and Support Plans are detailed and cover health care, personal care, hygiene, food, drink, leisure, activities, social contact, religion and environment (how the resident’s room is cleaned, maintained and furnished to meet their assessed needs and preferences).
After admission, reviews of the care plan are undertaken at least monthly, with the involvement of each resident and with their family if appropriate.
The Home Manager will make changes to the resident’s care plan following this feedback. Additionally, we convene regular Resident’s Meetings where we consult with residents about their daily life in the home and note their preferences and dislikes.
Our cooks pride themselves on preparing varied menus with a choice of genuine home cooked meals made from fresh ingredients, catering for all tastes and dietary requirements. The sweet trolley alone is always a tempting sight for any appetite, carrying a wide choice of delicious desserts! Residents also enjoy freshly baked cakes and biscuits with a glass of wine if they so wish!
We strongly believe that motivation and stimulation promote feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
Our lively & interesting programme of activities and entertainments are provided both by our own staff (quizzes, sing-alongs, target games, art and craft activities, pamper afternoons, word games, one-to-one chats, trips out for groups and individuals etc.) and by professional activity providers (musical entertainment, art therapy, gentle exercise, reminiscence).
Summerhill is registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the body empowered by the Government to regulate care homes. They inspect the Home regularly to ensure that high standards of care are maintained and the reports they publish can be viewed on their website.
In addition, contract and monitoring officers from Dorset County Council carry out quality checks on the service so that they can be confident that the Home’s good standards are being maintained.
Of course, we have our own comprehensive systems to ensure that we maintain the highest standards and we do this by actively seeking the views of residents and others through our care review meetings, questionnaires, residents meetings and informal comments or suggestions.