Nursing & Residential care home | Chesterfield, Derbyshire | Tel: 01246 566 958 

Ashgate House Staff 

The Home currently employs 45 members of staff. There are 8 Trained Nurses, all of which are experienced in working with and supporting people living with Dementia, associated mental health problems and physical health care needs associated with the aging process. Along with the nursing staff, 26 experienced care staff provides necessary care and support to meet the assessed and ever changing needs of service users. Two Activity Co-ordinators organise a variety of stimulating and meaningful activity and support programmes which take into account individuals’ abilities, hobbies, interests, preferences and support needs. Two Chefs and 2 Kitchen Assistants provide a varied, nutritious and well balanced menu with alternative choices at every meal. Together, one Maintenance person and one Decorator keep the Home in a good state of repair and 4 Housekeepers keep the Home clean and provide efficient laundry services. 
 
Staff are selected for their ability to demonstrate empathy, a calm, kind and caring nature, willingness to learn, help and support others, reliability, integrity, friendliness and professionalism. New staff are carefully screened prior to being offered a position and police checks and references are always checked thoroughly. 
 
 
During induction staff are trained in house and supervised by experienced staff in the following critical areas:- 
Skills for Care Induction Programme 
Living with Dementia 
Management of Violence and Aggression 
Person Centred Approach 
Activities of Daily Living 
Safeguarding 
The Rights of Service Users 
Health and Safety 
Food Hygiene 
Nutrition & Hydration 
Personal Care 
Roles and Responsibilities 
Moving and Handling 
First Aid 
Infection Control 
Fire and the Use of Equipment 
Diabetes 
End of Life Care 
Documentation 
 
 
Ashgate House encourage all staff to undertake a recognised qualification in the job role for which they are employed and most have achieved as a minimum, NVQ level 2 or an equivalent QCF qualification in Social Care, Housekeeping or Hospitality as appropriate and necessary according to their job role. 
 
All qualified nursing staff are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and their status is regularly checked with the governing body. Nurses also receive regular training in the mental and physical health care needs of individuals as well as in specialist areas such as Venepuncture, Catheterization and sighting Syringe Drivers (specialist equipment) etc. 
 
The Home ensures all mandatory training is received by staff as required by Legislation, Regulation and Governing Bodies. Staff are also provided with internal and external training to ensure they are fully aware of problems experienced by people with mental health issues (particularly associated with Dementia) and other physical problems that individuals may be experiencing such as Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Continence, End of Life Care, etc. 
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