Welcome to Whitchurch Care Home
Ours is a purpose-built home in Whitchurch, Bristol.
To meet residents' needs, we provide high-quality specialist nursing support, general assistance with everyday living, pre-bookable respite care to give home carers a much-needed break, and end-of-life care at a time when residents and their families need dedicated help and support. Some residents stay with us permanently, while others stay for short periods of time.
Our mature gardens boast beautiful raised flower beds which many residents enjoy tending. There's a large patio, with pergolas and a pavilion providing a shaded area for people in the warmer months.
Individuals can also pursue their hobbies in our communal and quiet lounges - watching TV, listen to music, or maybe reading. All these spaces are used for relaxing and socialising, and are great for spending time in with friends and families when they visit. Each of our private bedrooms has en-suite facilities and is decorated to a high standard.
Life at Whitchurch Care Home
Tailored to residents' preferences, our activities programme includes arts and crafts, quizzes and gardening. We organise trips to the seaside, garden centres and theatre. We also provide a regular church service which is open to all residents, their families and friends.
We invite professional entertainers to visit regularly, and we're also treated to performances by local school children and the wider community.
Mealtimes are an enjoyable and sociable part of the day. Each of our dining areas has tables laid with fresh flowers and linen, with menus displayed to show the choices available. Snacks, fresh fruit and refreshments are provided 24 hours a day.
We have themed meals, including food and wine from around the world. We also enjoy catering for residents' birthdays and anniversaries.
I would be happy and confident in recommending this home. The care is exceptional. Residents are treated with care and dignity is always considered. All staff should be congratulated on their level of care, it really does feel like an extended family.
Comforts of home. First class care. Good food. We would recommend this care home to anyone who has a loved one not coping with life at home.
Warm and welcoming atmosphere. Whenever I visit my friend the staff are always very pleasant and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. The food looks delicious and my friend assures me it tastes as good as it looks. The whole house always looks clean and cared for.
I would recommend Whitchurch Care Home as a care home, they are a very caring bunch of people.
I have visited my sister several times this year. Each time I have been impressed by the care and attention given to her by staff and management. They have impressed me with their professionalism and compassion. Residents in such a home are a challenge to the staff and those here manage very well. The facilities and building are in need of an update, as also is the garden.
Types of care
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 Whitchurch 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....
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Whitchurch Care Home in Bristol. 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
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.
5 Mar 2017
Colin Sheeran is the Lead Project Facilitator for Four Seasons Healthcare.
He helped to design the different elements of Four Seasons Dementia Care Framework and now leads a team of dementia and care experts to implement the Dementia Care Framework project.
I began working in dementia care in 1992 as a bank staff nurse in an independent care home run by a sole proprietor. What started out as a way of earning a little extra to support my growing family soon became a passion. When the home was sold to a corporate organisation a whole new career path opened up for me and I committed myself to dementia care in the independent care sector.
I quickly progressed through the organisation from staff nurse to home, deputy home manager, home manager and regional manager.
Through this journey I was able to influence the direction of dementia care at a local and regional level but when the opportunity came to have wider influence I applied for and was given the role of Mental Health Advisor for Ashbourne Healthcare and later became the Dementia Care and Nursing Consultant for Southern Cross Healthcare.
In parallel with my interest in dementia care I have also developed an interest in learning and development and held posts as a Learning and Development Facilitator and a Learning and Development Specialist.
I joined For Seasons Dementia Care Team in 2014 and worked on the PEARL project. The Dementia Care Framework builds on what was best about PEARL but uses a combination of user involvement, technology and innovative learning methods to have a greater reach and sustainability.
I am a graduate, Registered Mental Health Nurse, FITS (Focused Intervention and Training Support) Coach, Dementia Care Mapper and hold PTLLS qualifications in lifelong learning.
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95 Bristol Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0PS