We would like to welcome you to the Home and hope you feel comfortable in your new surroundings.Whether you are seeking a short stay or permanent placement we would like to introduce you to the home, the staff and the way in which we can help towards your needs and requirements.
Whether you are seeking a short stay or permanent placement we would like to introduce you to the home, the staff and the way in which we can help towards your needs and requirements.
The Home has 19 beds. We cater for older people and people under 60 who may have nursing needs mental health problems such as schizophrenia, mood disturbance or behaviour that some people may find challenging. We also specialise in caring for ‘terminally ill’ residents or you may have heard it called ‘palliative care’.
We have specially trained staff who are experienced in looking after people with mental health issues. We have adapted the home to enable us to meet people’s needs in this respect.
The Manager is in charge of the Home and will be happy to answer any queries. If the Manager is not on duty any of the nurses or care staff will be able to assist you with any queries you may have.
The aims of our Home are to ensure you are happy at all times and satisfied with the care you receive, and to provide a comfortable and relaxed home to suit your individual needs. Kimblesworth Care Home is designed to be your home from which you can run your life, do the things you want to do and make the most of your abilities.
You will be given an informed choice regarding your care and all procedures will be explained clearly and your consent gained before continuing. We will treat you with respect and dignity and ensure your privacy is maintained at all times. Your family and friends are welcome to visit at any time.
We have very few rules except we wish in turn to be spoken to and treated with equal respect and that other residents are respected also.
Kimblesworth Care Home is situated in pleasant grounds in an off road location in the quiet village of Kimblesworth. The accommodation is contained over two floors, with a lift making access to every room and facility readily accessible. We have some rooms with en-suite facilities. There are several lounges, offering quiet areas where you can sit and relax, a dining area and bathrooms adapted with specialist equipment. The grounds are spacious, offering restful areas to relax in. For those who may need it there is a regular bus service to the main areas of Chester le Street and Durham.
Our Philosophy is to create a warm welcoming atmosphere where people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and are enabled to be as independent as they wish to be. We provide a homely, safe environment, aiming to earn Resident’s trust and confidence by listening to individual wishes and not imposing our own ideas and beliefs.
We will respect people’s need for privacy and independence, but ensure any help required is provided willingly and professionally. We will encourage Individuals to have choices in relation to all aspects of daily living and support their decisions as far as possible, conducting risk assessments as necessary.
We shall support Individuals and their families through the changes relating to their illness with dignity and respect, regardless of their state of health, race, culture or beliefs.
We believe Residents and staff have the right to live or work in the Home in an environment of mutual respect, free from any form of abuse. We will support, care for and nurse each Person during all stage of illness using good care practices which will neither neglect nor over-treat an individual but which will work to ensure a dignified and peaceful end to their lives. We will maintain confidentiality and disclose information only to those with a right to know.
We are committed to providing a quality service supported by evidence-based practice and on-going training and development of staff to achieve our aim of providing support and care to all who come into contact with our service.
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of older people, and the under 60 age group who may need support for either physical, neurological or mental health needs, their family, friends and significant others during what may be a difficult time in their lives. This is achieved by creating partnerships in care with the Residents, families, friends and fellow professionals ensuring that, wherever possible, the informed agreement of our Residents provides greater choices and empowerment in critical decision-making events.
We will promote an open, transparent, honest and enabling service which is receptive to advice and comments from others, thus ensuring best and safe practice.
Complaints will be investigated sensitively and impartially within a reasonable, realistic time-frame. We shall make available to relatives, friends and significant others as quickly as possible all relevant information that has an impact on Residents and will aim for an inclusive service. We will ensure Kimblesworth is at all times welcoming, friendly and inviting, and that Residents are always treated with respect, dignity and warmth.
- To develop an open and transparent service, enabling all Residents to achieve optimum independence within the limitations of their abilities.
- To provide a stimulating environment, appropriate to the needs of all Residents.
- To obtain the views of the Residents, their families and others through regular care reviews and residents, relatives and staff meetings. Residents will be actively involved, where possible, in care planning and reviews and, with the Residents consent, families and friends may also participate.
- We will ensure our Residents have access to all support services.
- Residents will be encouraged to exercise choice in all aspects of their care and leisure needs.
- Where Residents are unable to make their own choices or make informed decisions, the views and preferences of relatives, friends and others will be respected where appropriate.
- To safeguard Residents rights and defend their choices and decisions and ensure Risk Assessments are appropriate as seen by their advocates or the multi-disciplinary team.
- To ensure privacy, security, dignity and self-respect are maintained at all times in relation to personal care and all other aspects of life in The Home.
- To maintain confidentiality of all information and only reveal this with either the consent of the Individual, or persons authorised to give or receive such information.
Staff at the Home
Kimblesworth has a variety of well trained and caring staff. We pride ourselves in the personalised care we give you and hope you feel you can talk to us and that you feel comfortable in our care. We would like to share in your happy times and we would like to help with any concerns or worries you may have as well.
The Manager, who is a registered nurse, is responsible for the daily running of the Home. The Manager also manages the staff and deals with the financial and administrative running of the Home.
There is always a Registered Nurse on duty in the Home 24 hours a day to ensure that an excellent level of care is available for you which is maintained at all times. The nurses who work here are trained in either general nursing or mental health. The Care staff are all qualified to NVQ level 2/diploma standard and many of the carers have opted to extend their qualifications to NVQ/diploma level 3.
All care and Nursing Staff have undertaken specialised training areas specific to your needs. They also receive statutory training regularly and training plans are in place to ensure they retain their skills. The laundry service look after several peoples garments so it is advisable to label your clothing. The housekeeping staff will assist you to clean your room and the surrounding environment.
Any items of great value should be taken home as Kimblesworth Care Home cannot be responsible for expensive individual items of jewellery or furnishings. You may if you wish bring in small pieces of furniture and room decorations to personalise your room, but please see the Manager first. CQC will in the future have strict regulations of what may be brought into the Home on admission but we will advise you accordingly. The activities co-ordinator in the Home arranges daily activities including bingo, coffee mornings/afternoons, board games, reminiscence, sing-a-longs, karaoke, entertainers and many more. There are also trips out to various shows and places of interest. Also the co-ordinator will spend some one-to-one time with you if that’s what you prefer.
We have a head chef who oversees our kitchen staff. They will ensure that your meats are fresh, timely and nutritious. We have a handyman within the Home. He will ensure that all minor repairs are dealt with and that the Home is always freshly decorated and tidy at all times.
A full list of staff and their qualifications is held in the office. If you want to see a copy of this please ask our Manager or Administrator.
At Kimblesworth Care Home we specialise in Nursing Care and are proud of the manner in which we look after those we care for. The trained nurses have a lot of experience in caring for older people and understand their needs very well. Most of them have taken courses specifically in “Care for Older People”.
We also specialise in “Palliative Care” or “Care for the Dying”, also known as “End of Life Care”. This may sound strange but can be very comforting for the resident and their families in a time of great distress and feelings of loss.
A resident is very special to everyone and all those involved are incorporated and care discussed openly as is wished by those concerned. For more information regarding this type of care please ask the Home Manager.
Kimblesworth Care Home is very open and relaxed. We wish the Home to be driven by the resident with minimal restrictions from the staff. It has a very friendly atmosphere and you are most welcome to have a look around at any time, entertain your family and friends and make it your home too. All rooms have a lockable drawer and all rooms have a main door lock if you wish to use this facility. The care staff do however have a master key for any emergencies.
There is always some activity each day if you wish to join in such as a coffee morning, bingo, quiz or entertainer. At Christmas there are quite a few events mainly involving local groups and children which family and friends are most welcome to attend.
You may find that you know some of the residents already as a lot of local people live in the Home, visit the Home or work here. There are daily routines such as medicine rounds, meal times, fire bell checks etc but they do not intrude in the daily lives as we fit these in around you and try to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Lifestyle in the Home
The home has very few rules and regulations. Visitors are welcome at any time. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you may go about your life as you wish. You may entertain guests in your room or in any of our lounges. You may leave the Home at any time but please tell the person in charge so we are aware of your whereabouts.
A No Smoking policy is in operation within the Home and smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas. The Manager will advise you where the designated areas are.
You may arrange your room as you wish and bring in any items of personal furnishings, decorations, music, television etc. Please see the Manager to ensure the items are suitable for your allocated room.
All electrical items must be P.A.T. tested before use in your room. Our handy man will arrange this testing for you.