Avon Lee Lodge Autumn Newsletter
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Autumn Newsletter

The astute amongst our subscribers will notice that we skipped a summer newsletter, my apologies, the final push to get the close care units completed took precedent and the newsletter was an unfortunate casualty!

Anyway we now finally have sign off from building control and with a Care Quality Commission visit to inspect them on Monday I hope we can finally begin to utilise these fantastic units.

Incidently for those who cannot visit so often the grounds have now been re-landscaped to follow the design sketched below, we're looking forward to our residents helping with the raised planters (possibly a herb garden?) as well as enjoying the new areas outside.

Below is the design that we have gone for. It incorporates a much extended pathway that loops around the new gazebo towards the rear of the home.

Residents and families will be able to enjoy the paddock views in the relative shelter of the gazebo.

The pathway continues through the mature shrubbery and extends past the conservatory and double pod building. Here it meets another loop that will have a shaded patio to be planted with fragrant climbers as well as a sun patio.

This area will also have raised planters for residents wishing to get involved in gardening.

The more mundane but practical elements of the design included additional parking spaces by the main entrance, and in lieu of the bin pathway. The bins have been relocated to be closer to the entrance. So far the new arrangements have worked very well.

Behind the Scenes

Following on from the last newsletters' behind the scenes insight I thought I would give mention to our handyman John. John is primarily responsible for the routine maintenance of the home such as fire door and alarm checks, carrying out tests and inspections weekly in order to ensure the safety of our residents.

John has expanded on his role and now acts as a first point of call for the care staff for any maintenance issues within the home, and will often drop everything to make sure the home is safe and warm.

Well Done!

Well done to our management team and all staff, our recent routine Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole council inspection was passed with flying colours!

The inspector was particularly impressed with our attention to detail for our new residents, for example she'd never seen a home that provided flowers on their arrival.

Well done everyone!


Well Done x 2!

There is a strong developmental culture here at Avon Lee Lodge and the recent achievements of our office team and senior carers reflect this.

Well done to Sarah Robinson (recently back from maternity leave) and Alaine Edwards who recently achieved their QCF Level 5 in health and social care.

The QCF Level 5 in Health and Social Care course is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) and is the UK industry standard for those looking to become a leader within health and social care services.

Both staff members began their care careers with Avon Lee Lodge 8 and 7 years ago respectively and are proof of the opportunities for development within Avon Lee Lodge and the care sector as a whole.

Not to be outdone Kate Crawford our administrator has just completed her level 3 ILM management diploma, giving her a solid basis to advance her administrative skills.

Finally congratulations to Lorea Sanchez for completing her QCF level 3, which will help during her shift leading on the floor.

Please feel free to congratulate all four staff members on their recent achievements, from personal experience it is not easy to juggle life, academic study and work, so really good job all of you!
Alzheimer's Society Fundraiser / Launch Day

Thank you to everyone who supported our combined fundraiser and launch day in conjunction with our sister care service Ethos Care. The afternoon was positively received and raised over £200 to this worthwhile cause.


Thank you to Alison and all staff involved who have worked very hard over the summer to bring a wide range of activities into the home.

The most recent was a visit by Equines with Empathy who brought Dylan the Shetland pony in to be patted and made a fuss of!

Thank you, Mr. Leigh Kennedy.

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