Welcome to The Gables Care Home

The Gables in Oldbury, West Midlands, is a modern purpose-built home providing high quality care 24 hours a day.

People who live here have varying needs, from specialist nursing support to general assistance with everyday living. Some stay with us permanently, others for short periods of time. We offer nursing care for older people, as well as respite care to give home carers a much-needed break.

Residents pursue their hobbies in communal and quiet lounges throughout the home. Our pleasant gardens boast flower beds and comfortable patio seating areas where people enjoy pleasant views of Bury Hill Park, next door. These areas are used for relaxing and socialising in, and are great places to invite friends and families to when they visit.

Many of our private bedrooms have en-suites, and all are decorated to a high standard.

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Life at The Gables Care Home

A carer and a resident

I have a nice room, which overlooks the park, where I sit sometimes and watch tv. Mostly I sit in the lounge with my friends. The armchairs are very comfortable and the room light and airy. I need help to wash and dress but I am assisted to get up and to bed when I like. I have a good appetite and like my food and a nice cup of tea, but I need help feeding which one of the staff will sit with me and help me. Everyone is kind and helpful and I am quite contented here.

Bridget Cole, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

I have lived here for a number of years. I prefer to stay in my room and watch TV or listen to the radio. I have a puree diet but I enjoy my porridge at breakfast and sometimes have two bowls. I like the lunches and enjoy a cup of tea, I need help washing and dressing and the staff are very good to me. I get up early for breakfast and like to be in bed early. The activities lady comes to see me for a chat and she does some shopping for me.

Keneth Willets, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

I have been here a number of years this is my home now. I have made friends I like to have a shower the carer gives me that I could not do at home, I am treated with respect and dignity. I enjoy the food we can choose whatever we like in reason. We have activities daily, bingo, reminiscence, sherry afternoon and our dignity champion looks out for us. I receive my medication daily from the nurse. My family visit twice a week and have a cup of tea and bring me treats.

Doris Parker, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

I have been in the home about 5 months. I have a nice room and I have made friends. All the staff are very helpful and caring. I receive my medication from the nurse every day. We have entertainers, singers and parties, sherry afternoon. My family visit regularly, i have a nice bath or a shower. I enjoy the meals cooked 3 course lunch and pudding every day. Teac, coffee, orange juice, Horlicks at night.

Beatrice Challinor, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

I have been in the home a number of years, I have a nice room over looking the park. Enjoy the meals and puddings. I have friends and company. I like theme days, singers and parties, fish and chip suppers, cheese/wine parties. The priest comes from the local church. All the staff are kind and helpful. I receive my medication from the nurse daily. My room is clean and tidy. Gardens badly in need of attention.

Elice Rice, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

I have been in The Gables over five years now and regard it as my home. I enjoy my food, I am a slow eater but am given time to finish my meals. I need help washing and dressing but I get up and go to bed when I want. I visit the hairdresser every week. I like to go to the entertainment, exercise class and church service. Everyone is very kind to me and I am happy here but I do miss my own home and independence.

Pheobe Cotter, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

Laundry system failures. Found dirty clothes on chairs in room, taken myself to wash at home. Clothes hanging in wardrobe not ownership of resident. Proper printed name tag on garments but still items go missing. Not enough staff about to take residents to toilet regularly- left to wet pads instead. No staff available to accompany residents to take out to venues. Residents state how boring it is sitting all day in lounge doing nothing. Room cleaning and toilet adequate but under bed and furniture leaves much to be desired. Regular garden control would be helpful.

Brian Beckett, Nephew of Resident/Service User at The Gables Care Home

Staff are friendly and approachable.

Betty Shaw, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

I came here from hospital four and a half years ago as I cannot look after myself. I was worried at first as time went by I settled. My room over looks the park which is nice the staff are friendly and caring. There are nurses who give my tablets. On nice days I like to go out in the sunshine and watch the birds and in winter the children play snow balls and play on their home made sleighs. I enjoy the shows with singers and parties and fish and chip supper. Christmas is nice with father Christmas who brings us a present and the home is decorated with gold and glitter. We have a theme day every month.

Phobe Cottor, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

The home is well situated overlooking Bury Hill Park. I have been here a few years. I find everyone is helpful. I have a nice room and I like to join in the activities; play bingo, cards, dominoes. We have shows and singers and church services. I enjoy the meals and like the puddings. I like to go to bed early, the night staff bring me a bedtime drink. I sleep well. I am settled.

Ivy Whale, Resident / Service User at The Gables Care Home

Types of care

Nursing care

Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...

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End of life / palliative care

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Specialist care

The Gables Care Home also offers specialist help for adults and young people with different needs,...

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Facilities & services

Making care special is at the heart of The Gables Care Home in Oldbury. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.

  • All single rooms
  • On site hairdressing
  • Library
  • Quiet lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Lifts
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Wi-fi

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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.

nurse of the year final

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.


22 Dec 2016

Many people start their career path doing something they love, and they yearn to develop, grow and blossom in their profession.

Here at Four Seasons, Care Assistants can up-skill themselves on the organisations Care Home Assistant Practitioners (CHAPs) programme.

On Tuesday 20th December 2016, a graduation ceremony was held at Shawcross Social Club in Wigan, celebrating the achievements of 41 newly qualified CHAPs.

Rachael Junge, Four Seasons Northwest Managing Director said: “Everyone is really proud of every single CHAP and nurse who mentored them through the programme. We’re often really busy, and forget to recognise the hard work people put in, but this graduation ceremony is our way to reward and recognise you all. The journey is a long one; it takes a lot of dedication to complete. You can all wear your uniform with pride, and know that we’re all extremely proud of you. Well done everyone and congratulations once again.”

Mike O’Reilly, Risk Management Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “It’s a real privilege for me to attend ceremonies like this. The CHAPs programme is very innovative, and it really does make a difference to our residents’ lives as it provides continuity for them. I want to echo Rachael’s statement of congratulations to everyone who graduated and those who supported them.”

A total of 41 CHAPs graduated from the programme and will be working in 16 homes across the Northwest. The homes benefitting from the CHAPs skills are:

The newly qualified CHAPs are now able to provide some general nursing duties such as medication rounds. This benefit’s the home as it enables the nurse to deal with more complex issues.

Would you like a career in care? Take a look at the current vacancies we have available at the moment.

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Care Home Manager

Susan Kelly

1595 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, B69 2BJ

0121 544 3988

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