Welcome to The Headington Care Home
At Headington Care Home we work with residents to ensure they enjoy the highest possible quality of life, and the day-to-day events happening around them.
Our nursing and care staff assist and oversee residents' health and well-being. We consult with each one individually, and consider the importance of their life history, their memories and achievements.
You'll find us in Headington, a residential suburb of Oxford. Our home is warm, calm and spacious, with a lovely open feeling which encourages residents to move around the lounges and interact with others.
All bedrooms have space for residents and family to bring in personal things so they feel more homely. Some are extra large with patio doors leading to a courtyard.
Life at The Headington Care Home
Our personal activities coordinator works to develop residents' interests and activities on both a group and one-to-one level. Staff encourage residents to join in the day's household chores such as washing up, tidying their rooms, sweeping the courtyard and gardening.
There's an enjoyable newspaper group in the morning, plus reminiscence activities, arts and crafts, and sensory stimulation sessions. We arrange gardening with residents, and relatives often help and join in as well.
We also have music-therapy sessions which can touch emotions and rekindle memories, so can be especially life-enhancing for people with dementia.
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My husband has always been cared for to the highest degree. He is treated with great dignity and nothing is too much trouble. I have been treated as part of the family and I have always been consulted about anything connected to my husband. I am rung up at home if my husband has had a fall or been feeling unwell or anything, I should know about straight away. I cannot praise the entire staff enough and I feel confident he is being well looked after at all times.
Since my husband has been at Headington, he is spotlessly clean, as is his room and other parts of the home, and more importantly he is very well looked after. Fantastic and very caring staff.
My husband was in an advanced state of dementia when he was moved to Headington Care Home. He was unable to walk, speak and was incontinent. He has received superlative treatment as his condition has advanced. He is now unconscious most of the time, does not recognise people and appears unable to see if he opens his eyes. The staff still get him dressed and take him to the lounge each day. They are very quick to spot any redness of the skin which might develop into a sore and treat for prevention immediately. I have recommended the home to a number of people and Young Dementia UK, who in turn are now recommending the home to potential new residents and their families.
My late husband and I were recommended to Headington Care Home by a consultant of our local hospital. He stayed there for three years until his death on the 8th of June 2012. He was lovingly cared for in every possible way - every day beautifully shaved and in clean clothes. He was helped with his meals and when he could no longer chew - his food was liquidised. All his visitors were well treated - coffee or tea was always offered. I feel so very fortunate to find such a wonderful care home. I remain a visitor to one of my close friends in The Headington Care Home and visit every 2 weeks.
My mother has been a resident at this care home for 2 years now, and I couldn't be happier for the kindness and support they give me, and the care all the staff give my mum. She is respected and helped 24/7 by all these wonderful people in the home. This is why I put them forward for the "rock award" and they are receiving this soon as they won this award.
I am happy for them and so grateful for their support and the care for the rest of my mum's life, comfortably and safely as I would give it myself if it were possible. I think they deserve medals and recognition for their efforts every day. xxxx
The staff are caring, kind and considerate at all times. They make like as good as it can be for the residents, when life is not easy. They support the residents, friends and visitors when it is much needed.
Types of care
People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...
Short-stay care is often called "respite care". It means someone can stay at The Headington Care...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of The Headington Care Home in Oxford. 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
- Flat screen TV in lounge
27 Apr 2016
At the start of the year, Cyd Akerill, Resident Experience Support Manager was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for her contribution to nursing.
Back in March, Cyd travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive her award. She told us this about her day.
“I was very honoured and humbled to receive my award. Meeting the Queen is a memory I hope I never lose. The day itself was lovely, I can’t even begin to describe it. All the staff at the palace made the day extra special, and treated everyone like it was their first investiture they’ve ever had. I had a lovely day and it’s an honour to receive this award.”
Everyone at Four Seasons congratulates you on you award Cyd!
24 Mar 2016
Monday 21st March marked World Poetry Day, and all of our homes across the United Kingdom have been in the wax lyrical mood, either creating poetry of their own, listening to or reciting some of their favourite sonnets, haikus and limericks.
Poems have been flooding in from all corners of the UK, showcasing the talented residents, families and teams in the homes. We've put a link to a selection of the poems at the bottom of this page.
The homes celebrated World Poetry Day in various different ways.
Edgewater Care Home in Donaghadee created a poetry wall board, showcasing some of the poems written by residents, relatives and the team.
Residents and their families all got creative at South Park Care Home in York. There were numerous beautiful poems penned. A lovely short one written by a resident’s grandchild read: “The most romantic love story, is not Romeo and Juliet. But my grandpa and Grandma, who grew old together.”
Visitors to Meadowbrook Care Home in Oswestry helped residents to get into the poetry mood. Students from Trefonen Primary School visited in the morning and recited poems for the residents. In the afternoon staff from the library came in to read war poems. One of the residents, Hazel Blackwell, took centre stage and recited her favourite poem ‘Kingfisher’
Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy also welcomed local primary school children from Dunnikier into their home. The young children (aged 8 and 9) recited poems that they’d written for the residents all inspired by spring. Once the children had finished reciting, it was the residents turn to teach the youngsters some poems they’d learnt when they were at school.
Meanwhile at Laganvale Care Home in Moira, residents, relatives and the team all worked together to create a poetry tree showcasing people’s favourite poems, in a different decorative style.
Church and Manor View Care Home in Doncaster, had some very special guests on Monday. The Mayor and Mayoress of Doncaster attended their poetry recital. They both recited their favourite poems to the residents, and then settled down for some afternoon tea.
One of the residents from Courtenay House in Kings Lynn treated everyone to her rendition of her very own poem ‘How Well I can remember the cottage on the hill’. She was awarded with a visit from the Easter bunny (part of the home’s pet therapy session), who felt at home on her lap.
Local poet Tony Hillier visited Ladymead Care Home in Swindon, and entertained residents with his very energetic recital.
Residents from Ty Hafod in Capel Llanillterne got all dressed up for their poetry recital, whilst residents at Roseworth Lodge Care Home in Stockton-on-tees, Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham and many others got all wax lyrical and created their own poems.
Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster celebrated their World Poetry Day by inviting a special guest to come along to the home to recite some of his lovely poems to our residents, relatives, team and friends of Flower Park. Former Denaby Main miner Benny Wilkinson (86) is known as the 'Conisbrough Poet' after writing hundreds of poems relating to places and events around Mexborough where he grew up and later Denaby and Conisbrough. Benny has been awarded the Radio Sheffield Poet Laureate award and the 'Pride in Doncaster Lifetime Achievement' award. We all had a lovely afternoon full of laughter brought on by listening to Benny’s poems and humurous stories from yesteryears.
Woodview Care Home in Lincoln invited one of our local schools to bring some of the students in for a poetry recital. About 30 children came in to recite some of their favourite poems, and even some poems they had written themselves. Our residents were thrilled to have the students in and there was lots of applause and even laughter at the funnier poems. It was a lovely afternoon with a lot of smiling faces. One of the residents loved it so much she had her photograph taken with some of the children. She also gave them a little sing song, reciting a favourite war time song.
Meanwhile Sycamore & Poplars Care Centre in Mansfield had their own little event to support our budding poets. They invited some local school children to create and read their own poems to residents. Being so close to Easter they themed their poems around Easter/Spring. A lovely afternoon was had by all!
16 Mar 2016
Three of Four Season Health Care’s team from Northern Ireland were honoured at the British Journal of Nursing Awards evening on Friday 11th March, each scooping a top prize.
Gary Cousins, Joanne Agnelli and Gary Mitchell attended the ceremony after being nominated by their peers for their work in the care sector.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Northern Ireland said: “The British Journal of Nursing Awards is a very prestigious event. I want to congratulate Gary, Joanne and Gary on their success and thank them for their continued hard work and dedication they’ve provided to the homes, residents and the teams.”
Gary Mitchell was awarded the Nurse of the Year Award, after being nominated by colleagues. Part of Gary’s citation read:
“Gary currently works as a dementia care advisor. He works as part of a specialist team that oversees the development of dementia services across 70 care homes in Northern Ireland.
“On a day-to-day basis, Gary’s role relates to the development, implementation and evaluation of dementia care throughout the organisation. Recently he has also been involved in co-leading a project to optimise provision of palliative care within Four Seasons Health Care (across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – 350 care homes). This has culminated in the development of a new clinical policy, care manual and training package for all staff practising within the organisation.
“As well as being inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in 2014, Gary was recently listed as one of the Nursing Times Inspiring Leaders in 2015. He has been commissioned to be the lead author for Northern Ireland’s Dementia Learning and Development Framework.
“Gary also provided specialist dementia education to nursing undergraduates at Northern Ireland's largest university, Queen's University Belfast throughout 2015 to promote education about dementia in undergraduate student nurse populations. This has helped furnish undergraduate students with knowledge about, not only the biomedical aspects of the dementia diseases, but also how they could better support people living with dementia in their nursing practice in hospital, care home, community or hospice. The evaluation of this piece is to be published in an international journal in early 2016.
Joanne Agnelli was awarded the Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award, after being nominated by her peers. Part of Joanne’s citation read:
“Joanne is a Dementia Services Quality manager for Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) covering approximately 70 care homes over the regions of Northern Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
“She has been responsible for educating, implementing and evaluating best practices in dementia care across all dementia units in these regions. Joanne has worked directly with all grades of care home staff about the importance of person-centred care, appropriately reducing anti-psychotic medications, embracing age-appropriate activity and safeguarding dignity.
“Joanne’s most endearing quality is her interest in supporting others to grow professionally. She shares opportunities with, not only her dementia care team, but with clinicians she works with.
“Joanne is pivotal, not only within the organisation, but within an international context at promoting best practices in dementia care. Her passion for improving standards in dementia care is infectious and all of the care team she leads supports her nomination.”
Gary Cousins was awarded the Infection Control Nurse of the Year Award, after being nominated by colleagues. Part of Gary’s citation read:
“Gary provides direct support to approximately 70 care homes within Northern Ireland and expert advisory support to a further 300 or so care homes throughout Scotland, Wales and England.
“He has developed, piloted and launched an impressive infection-control link nursing programme within Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland. The link nursing programme furnishes nursing leads throughout our care homes with specialist infection control education (for example information on surveillance, the role of public health, recognising symptoms of infection as well as effective evidence based interventions for C-Diff, MRSA etc.)
“Gary’s passion, enthusiasm and leadership within infection control and prevention has led to statistically significant changes as it pertains to residents who live in our care homes.
“Gary is passionate in raising awareness about the importance of infection prevention in care homes. In short, his work inspires confidence, instils leadership and ultimately enhancing the care we afford to our residents within Four Seasons Health Care.”
Carol added: “Here at Four Seasons we are determined to provide resident-led care, where we can do all we can to enhance our residents’ life whilst they’re in our care. The citations that Gary, Joanne and Gary received show how hard they’re working to provide the best service possible to our clients and roll it out across the organisation.
“Congratulations again. You are all worthy winners.”
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Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7XR