Welcome to Avonmead Care Home
Avonmead is a purpose-built home near to the beautiful market town of Devizes in Wiltshire, with a beautiful garden and patio overlooking the Kennet and Avon Canal. From here, people enjoy the spectacle of the annual Devizes to Westminster canoe race every Easter.
Avonmead offers a variety of levels of residential and nursing care tailored to suit the individual needs of each resident, and the home have considerable expertise in caring for those with dementia. We also offer short-stay respite care that can be booked up to a year in advance, which can be helpful when planning holidays and short breaks.
At Avonmead Care Home, residents are considered part of the family. We put their health and happiness at the heart of everything we do, and our dedicated team of nurses and carers actively encourage residents to take part in all decisions - contributing to everything from the way their rooms look to the therapies they receive.
Life at Avonmead Care Home
We have a dedicated activities coordinator and we hold coffee mornings twice a week at which we look forward to seeing residents' family and friends.
We visit the market twice a month. People living here can also enjoy regular quizzes, cards and games, as well as our regular celebrations of the international days of our staff. Residents come come along to our weekly church service, and reminiscence sessions, and visit the library.
Being here makes me happy and the family atmosphere I believe has aided my recovery. The staff are all exceptional and treat me with kindness and respect. The Personal Activities Leader makes my days happy, she arranges the activities and makes us laugh.
Types of care
This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing, dressing...
People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...
Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...
Short-stay care is often called "respite care". It means someone can stay at Avonmead Care...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Also known as "step-up, step-down", or rehabilitation care, intermediate care offers an alternative...
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Avonmead Care Home in Devizes. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- All ensuite
- All single rooms
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
- Personal telephone
28 Jan 2016
As the Royal College of Nursing prepares to celebrate their 100th Birthday, they have launched a photography competition in collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society with the aim to show a record of nursing over 100 years.
Two photographs have been submitted for the competition by our Northern Ireland team which can be seen above.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director NI, explains “The first image in the garden was decided on after discussing the difficulties with nurse recruitment. We decided to take a novel approach by supporting the Home Managers and Practice Support Manager to ‘grow their own’ nurses".
“The second image is all about ‘It was not like that in our day’. Growing up our mums talked fondly of nursing and always told us “it wasn’t like that in our day”. Wanting to prove them wrong we decided to follow in their footsteps and now we have a combined total of 122 years’ service to the nursing profession".
"We have to explain new world of nursing – Gary, Infection Control and Clinical Development Nurse, shows his mum modern clinical technology. Rebecca, who is about to commence Adult Nursing with the University of Brighton, demonstrates the ways fob watches have moved with the times and can still be fashionable. Meanwhile Leah models for her mum that nurses can wear trousers”.
The competition is open to RCN members and the public. The collection will be added to the RCN archive with 50 images shortlisted to form an exhibition which will be loaned to various places across the UK.
Entries so far can be seen here.
The competition will close for entries 29th February.
8 Jan 2016
Woodside Care Home, managed by Lorraine Dray and her team had to safely evacuate 25 Residents at very short notice. The Four Seasons Family all pitched in to help across the region including 2 Brighterkind homes, resulting in all 25 residents safely being transferred to other homes by the end of the evening.
The Local Authority and the Police have both commented today on how impressed they were with all the team involved for their outstanding performance in the face of unprecedented severe weather. During this time the team on duty, off duty and members of the public were all helping to try and collect and prepare sandbags, and then trying to get these back to the home through Aberdeen City which itself had ground to a halt due to severe flooding. The team did an amazing job and as a result there has been no damage to the home overnight.
The Meadows Care Home, managed by Cassie Hersee and her team had an equally stressful past 24 hours. Having been put on High Alert early on Thursday the team were busy preparing the 41 residents for the potential full evacuation of the home. At the same time, the team off duty were busy helping the home by collecting sand bags from local collection points and transporting these back to the home. As afternoon turned to early evening the decision finally came from the Police that they needed to evacuate the home. By far the biggest challenge facing the team was where the residents would go to as the town of Huntly was completely closed off due to all roads in and out being blocked and unpassable due to flooding. The local hospital had no room and due to the evacuation earlier of a sheltered housing complex there was no room at the local hall.
Eventually there was space found at a community centre for 15 residents. The remaining residents were moved into a unit at the care home that was less likely to flood. Later that night the Police and the care home team agreed that the residents who had moved to the community centre may be better returning to the home as the risk of flooding was beginning to recede. So with everyone back again, for the rest of the night the full 41 residents shared a single unit but were well looked after by the whole team.
John Kirk, Managing Director (Scotland), told us “I want to say a massive thank you to Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager and everyone who assisted with this across Team Grampian yesterday and today. Team members who were on days off, the public, the support team and to the other members of Team Scotland who all offered their support with any potential clean up. A fantastic show of teamwork, care and compassion to our residents and I am extremely grateful to have them as part of my team”.
22 Sep 2015
Even the most devoted carer needs a break sometimes, and that’s where Avonmead Care Home in Devizes can help. Whether it is for a few days or a few weeks, we are here to step in when you or your carer need us. Pre-bookable short stay care means you are free to plan your holidays and short breaks in advance without having to worry about your loved one.
Every year, we’re entrusted with respite or short stay care by hundreds of families. Our high standards mean every resident is in the safest of hands, receiving the very best of care, tailored to their individual needs.
A short stay at Avonmead Care Home can be worthwhile for many reasons:
- You need to take a holiday to recharge your batteries
- You’re feeling unwell yourself and need time to recuperate
- A relative or patient is recovering from an illness/operation and needs extra support
- Together, you think long term care may be an option but would like a trial stay
If you are interested in short stay care at Avonmead Care Home please contact the Home Manager, Janet Rowland on 01380 729188, who will be delighted to discuss it with you in more detail.