Accommodation at Legh House
Day to day running of the home rests with the house manager (Claire) and deputy manager (Caroline) who have managerial qualifications and experience. There is also a team of senior care assistants who support the managers and are capable of taking over when the managers are off-duty. The house itself is a single storey building purpose built to be used as a care home. The property has a southerly aspect, boasting unimpeded views over Chesil Bank and the Isle of Portland and its harbour. There is a large dining/sitting room with a large plasma TV, with an adjoining conservatory leading to the patio area and gardens. Communal areas also include the Snaith Suite (a quiet, more private room) and corridors are tastefully decorated. Most of the rooms are carpeted and provide a hand basin, toilet and a lockable cabinet for personal possessions. There is a TV point and telephone socket for residents, however, residents must meet the connection and running expenses. Residents may supply their own additional furniture, bed linen, towels and personal possessions, however, the home is able to provide some bedroom furniture, linen, etc, if required. The home is centrally heated to a certain level of temperature prescribed by regulation, and rooms are fitted with thermostatic control valves which can be adjusted individually. All bedrooms, bathrooms, toilets, sitting and communal areas are equipped with emergency bells, with trained staff always on hand to deal with emergencies and call systems are regularly maintained.
As a residential care home, Legh House seeks to provide comfortable life within the traditions of the Abbeyfield movement, offering each resident a better quality of life, responding to their individual needs and tailoring services to meet their choices wherever possible. Abbeyfield Weymouth is well known for our friendly, homely atmosphere, due to strong co-operation between everyone involved; the managers, staff, residents, committee members, and helpers. Residency is defined within an occupancy agreement, which details a resident's legal status, rights and responsibilities, and will be provided in more detail during an application for residency. Beyond the terms in the agreement the only other house considerations is courtesy and common sense, for example, keeping noise down at night. No one has the right to enter rooms without the resident's permission, so there will be as little disruption to residents as possible. However, certain staff members (cleaning, utilities, etc...) will occasionally need access to rooms, but staff members are required to knock and wait for a reply. Of course, resident's visitors are always welcome and residents are able to entertain guests in their rooms. Residents are free to make suggestions or comments along with any complaints, which can be provided verbally or in writing. Additionally, each resident has the opportunity to speak with the manager at any time. The Abbeyfield Weymouth Society insures the building and its property, with insurance extended to the property of each resident, details of which will be provided during application for residency. Pets are not allowed at Legh House, although the keeping of small caged birds may be permitted with the agreement of the manager. Residents can opt for postal votes for elections, however, the polling booth is only a little way down Rylands Lane so staff are able to accompany residents if needed. Residents are free to attend their local church or place of worship, however, local clergy ministers may visit the house, holding services where attendance is entirely voluntary. Abbeyfield houses are open to all, of any faith or of none.
All meals are provided and whilst lunch and supper are usually taken in the dining room, breakfast is usually served to residents in their rooms. Menus are not repeated, with each menu offering a range of choices residents can pick from. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and we make notes on each residents likes and dislikes. Birthdays and other special occasions are celebrated, and family/friends of the resident can have their own separate party or can take part in a communal dining room group. Hot and cold drinks are served by staff at regular intervals, but it is always possible to ask for additional drinks at any time. A committee volunteer also operates a fortnight trolley service for small items, toiletries, sweets, etc...
All laundry is done in house, both personal and bed linen, with items that need to be dry cleaned sent to a local shop at an extra charge for the resident. The home is kept clean by a team of domestic cleaners, however, if residents wish to do some small cleaning chores such as dusting this can be arranged. Residents are encouraged to go out with friends/family and the loan of wheelchairs or other specialist equipment is available. There are also regular in-house activities planned by our wellbeing manager, which can be attended voluntarily. Activities are listed on monthly schedules, with new unique activities planned each month as well as regular favourites. We also regularly schedule visits from hairdressers, chiropodists and dentists when required. Residents can request the arrangement of daily newspapers.
The Abbeyfield Weymouth Society depends on having a highly skilled, well trained workforce. Staff are trained in NVQ Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Care. Additionally, Moving and Handling, First Aid and Fire Training sessions take place regularly with Fire Training strictly taking place every 3 months. In addition we fund other training sessions that are available to promote the best practice throughout the home. A motivated team of volunteers join with staff to provide quality services to its residents and assure them and their families that the care given meets the 'Abbeyfield Standards' and surpasses the minimum standard required by Care Quality Commission. There is also a house committee for Legh House that runs within the Abbeyfield Weymouth Society. In all situations the house committee works closely with the manager.
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