Welcome to Gosmore Care Home
Gosmore Care Home is a converted and extended historic building in a small village just five miles from bustling Stevenage with its large shopping centre. Closer to home, look out for Bunyan's Dell, a natural amphitheatre in Wain Wood named after the Pilgrim's Progress author.
Our care home is easily accessible to shops and local amenities and our conservatories overlook the pretty gardens.
At Gosmore 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 Gosmore Care Home
Our aim is to help people stay as well as they can for as long as they can, so we understand the importance of being active and entertained.
We have two staff who arrange activities to suit individual residents' needs. Among the many and varied events going on at our home are church services, piano playing, visits from a pet dog, a spring bazaar, musical entertainment, baking, arts and crafts, reminiscence sessions and a whole lot more.
Good rooms, plenty of activities and outings. Caring staff, clean rooms and communal areas.
The care is second to none. The carers are very good. The nurses are very good and helpful. The office staff have been good to me and my family.
I like to be in Gosmore as the service is good and the staff are very friendly. Good choice of activities and outings.
Of course all here would like to be at home but I do know that Gosmore where I live is the best of all care homes because my family and I am very happy to be here.
I would recommend the hone to others.
Convenience of the facilities and care parking.
I would be pleased to recommend Gosmore to others.
It has a nice atmosphere everyone is friendly. Care is very good and my room is kept lovely.
Gosmore Care Home works hard to provide a varied programme to keep the residents minds active, including visits to the zoo, and the seaside. All the staff become your friends.
I have found the Gosmore Care Home to be a very pleasant place to stay. I arrived here following a few weeks in hospital caused by a broken left hip. When I arrived I was provided with a small comfortable room to live in. I soon found that everyone of my needs were met with regular meals and break time cups of tea with biscuits. The nursing staff are providing me with the pills needed to deal with my diabetes and checked blood sugar in morning and evening. All the staff were very friendly to me and went the extra mile to add to my comfort.
Types of care
This is for those who may need some help with daily activities such as eating, washing,...
Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...
Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Gosmore Care Home whether they...
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 Gosmore Care Home in Hitchin. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- All ensuite
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
21 Mar 2017
Four Seasons Health Care were well represented at the finals of the British Journal of Nursing Awards earlier this month with four colleagues flying the flag for the organisation.
Gary Cousins was a runner up in the Infection Control and Prevention Nurse category, Colin Sheeran was a runner up in the Mental Health Nurse of the Year category and Joanne Strain was a runner up in the British Nurse of the Year category.
However, further plaudits need to be given to Alana Irvine who was crowned the Nutritional Nurse of the Year, after being nominated by colleagues for her continued commitment to residents’ nutrition.
Alana has been part of the driving force behind Four Seasons nutrition innovations to meet the varying needs of the people in our care. We are able to monitor residents’ nutritional needs, with technology that flags up weight loss, whether a resident has difficulty swallowing or needs assistance when eating or drinking to the care team.
Nutrition is something we take very seriously here at Four Seasons and Alana’s win recognises all of the hard work done across the board in this area.
7 Mar 2017
Joanne Strain is Head of Nursing at Four Seasons Health Care
I began my career as a nurse with Four Seasons Health Care in 1999. I had done my training as a mature student. I first worked in a FSHC care home about 25 years ago after having my four children and then I moved to a nursing auxiliary position with a local Trust.
I decided I wanted to fulfil my dream of being a nurse and I went about gaining the 5 GCSE’s I needed to get into nursing college/university. Just before I started nursing school, I was one of ten people in NI to complete what was then the very new NVQ in direct care.
My desire was not to work in a hospital but in a care home – my career to date was working with mainly older people – even during my nurse training, I preferred medical wards to other wards because of the high percentage of older people needing care.
I started working as a staff nurse and within a year I was a sister/deputy manager. During this time I completed my degree and I then moved in 2001 to be a home manager. During this time I opened a small very successful dementia residential unit within the large home. This was in the days when we were just beginning to understand that we needed to rethink the way we managed dementia care.
In 2004 I became a regional manager and had 14 homes in my portfolio. As the need for good dementia care intensified, we opened more dementia units across the region and even extended a learning disability unit providing very specific care according to need.
My passion for elderly people and dementia care led me to undertake a post graduate diploma in dementia studies at Stirling University.
In 2012, I was fortunate to become Head of Nursing, Care Standards and Quality in NI. During these years myself and my team set up many pro-active initiatives including a training centre where we successfully helped many nurses update their clinical skills. Some of the pro-active training such as G-Tube replacement and complex tracheostomy care meant that residents did not need to go to hospital – it is my vision for the coming year to implement clinical training sites across the MD regions to enable our nurses to be up-skilled and confident leaders.
I took up the post of Head of Nursing (UK) at the beginning of 2016. I have continued my passion for learning and one of the areas I wanted to review was adult safeguarding. I have now completed a post graduate diploma in Adult Safeguarding and am now in my MA year.
I have been really impressed by the standard of care and leadership of our nurses across the UK and believe we can build on that. I am confident that FSHC are leaders in care and that nurses are absolutely central to continuing to lead across the sector.
Of course I have to mention all the great things we hope to accomplish this year which will help our nurses such as the nurses forum, face book as well as a brand new nurse specific Twitter site where we will not only continue to ‘tweet’ news but we will hold Twitter Chats as guided by your needs.
We will involve nurses more in various projects going forward. I believe we are leaders in this field and no other providers come close to the nurse communication strategy that FSHC has planned this year. My vision for our 3000 nurses is to have nurses who believe that we are all leaders and will continually strive to provide the best care possible for our residents.
29 Sep 2016
It's never too early to mention the 'C' word at Gosmore Care Home near Hitchin. The residents have already started production on some cards for a stall at their annual Christmas Fair.
In their arts and craft session last week, the residents decided it was finally time to begin thinking about the festive season. As they plan to hold their Christmas Fair early December, they wanted to get a head start on Christmas pieces they can sell on their stall.
Christina Hartles, Home Manager, told us: "We certainly have some very organised residents here at Gosmore which became apparent when I saw their Christmas decorations. They're all very excited for the festive season and we're really looking forward to seeing everything they manage to produce between now and then."
Are you looking for a care home near Hitchin? Gosmore Care Home offers a range of different care depending on specific needs including residential care, nursing care and respite care. Book a visit or give the home a call to find out more.
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Care Home Manager
Hitchin Road, Gosmore, Hitchin, SG4 7QH
01462 453 991