A Bristol Care Home
with comfort and elegance as standard
Building, facilities, staff, care, food - just as I would want it in a residential home for the elderly. Extremely likely to recommend.
June 2017 Anon, Son of Resident
Ashbourne House Care Home in Henleaze, Bristol has been providing quality residential health care for the elderly since 1980 and has earned a fantastic reputation with local doctors, surgery groups, district nurses, residents and their families. The house was built in 1903 and has been respectfully restored and adapted to provide a practical environment, whilst still retaining the original character and charm of the building.
The National Heritage-listed building of Ashbourne House, provides a conventional home environment that proves very popular with our elderly residents.
Many of our 17 rooms are en-suite and all have phone point, television point and internet access. Clients are also encouraged to bring in their own items of furniture to make their rooms more personal. We also have very cosy and comfortable communal areas for our residents to enjoy, allowing them to make friends and enjoy an ongoing programme of entertainment and activities – essential for an enriched quality of life.
What should I look for in a care home?
We understand that choosing a care home for yourself or your loved one is a really big decision, and although we believe our care home offers unparalleled respite, palliative and convalescent care within the Henleaze and Bristol area, we would encourage you to take impartial advice.
The below video from Age UK, explains some of the key things to look out for when visiting a care home. It explains that you could ask questions such as:
Are staff welcoming and interested?
Do the staff get to know about residents’ lives and experiences?
Is there a manager in post and a senior member of staff on duty at all times?
Is there a suitable ratio of staff to residents during the day, at night and at weekends?
Can residents choose if they have a male or female carer?
How are staff trained, how often and by whom?
Are all staff trained in caring for residents with dementia?
Is there a high staff turnover? (If so, this could be a sign of low staff morale)
Are friends and family able to get there easily?
Are there enough parking spaces at the home?
Is there good wheelchair access into and within the building, including wide doorways?
Does the home assess new residents’ situations and needs before agreeing to accept them?
Do residents have a named member of staff who is particularly responsible for their care?
Are residents and their families involved in decisions about their care?
Do residents seem to have a similar level of needs as you?
If your needs change or increase, can they still be met in the same home?
Are accessible toilets available in all parts of the home and easy to get to?
Are residents helped to the toilet, if needed?
Are residents encouraged to stay active and do as much as they can for themselves?
Is there an activities co-ordinator?
Do residents seem happy and occupied?
Do residents usually eat together, or can they choose to eat in their rooms?
Is there a choice of food and can you see sample menus?
How often does the menu change?
Are snacks available during the day or at night?
Is food prepared on the premises?
Can the home meet your dietary needs?