Harper Lane, Radlett WD7 7HU
Houndswood House Care Home provides quality care for residents, respecting their right to make their own choices, maintaining their dignity and receive the best of care to suit individual needs.
The home offers nursing, dementia, respite, and palliative care and has been tastefully decorated throughout.
A team of highly skilled staff are motivated to meet the needs of each resident and their individual care plan, tailored around their personal requirements.
The home has several professional chefs who prepare a nutritious daily menu for residents, catering for those with special dietary requirements, while residents can choose to eat in the dining room or in their own rooms.
Houndswood House Care Home's activities co-ordinator arranges a varied programme of daily activities both in and outside of the home, while entertainers are invited to visit the home regularly. Relatives and residents have input the activities programme, ensuring there is something to meet everyone's individual tastes.
Person in charge: Deby O'Hare (Home Manager)
Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council (click for contact details)
Type of Service: Care Home with nursing – Privately Owned , 50 residents
Registered Care Categories*: Dementia • Old Age • Physical Disability
Specialist Care Categories: Alzheimer's • Cancer Care • Colitis & Crohn's Disease • Epilepsy • Hearing Impairment • Multiple Sclerosis • Parkinson's Disease • Speech Impairment • Stroke • Visual Impairment
Admission Information: Ages 65+.
Languages Spoken by Staff (other than English): French
Single Rooms: 50
Rooms with ensuite WC: 37
Facilities & Services: Palliative Care • Respite Care • Convalescent Care • Physiotherapy • Separate EMI Unit • Own GP if required • Own Furniture if required • Pets by arrangement • Smoking not permitted • Close to Local shops • Near Public Transport • Minibus or other transport • Lift • Wheelchair access • Gardens for residents • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room • Residents Internet Access
Latest CQC* Report on Houndswood House Care Home: click here
* Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for the registration and inspection of social care services in England.
Houndswood House Care Home has a Review Score of 7.6 (7.617)
The Review Score of 7.6 (maximum of 10) for Houndswood House Care Home is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.
a) The Average Rating is 4.2 out of 5 from 2 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Houndswood House Care Home in Google's Search Results - more info
b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3 out of 5 from 2 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.
a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Care Home / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Care Home receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.
The Average Rating of 4.167 for Houndswood House Care Home is calculated as follows: ( (10 Excellents x 5) + (9 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 24 Ratings = 4.167
b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Care Home to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'
The 5 points available are broken down as follows:
4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.
1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered beds. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Care Home with 50 registered beds has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.
The 3.45 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Houndswood House Care Home is based on 2 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:
3 + 0.25 = 3.25
Target of 10 positive Reviews (50 registered beds ÷ 5). 2 Reviews ÷ 10 Target = 0.200
When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.
How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Houndswood House Care Home?
Reviewer Connection to Houndswood House Care Home
Submitted from a Postal Card by Phyll S on Tuesday 4 October 2016. Relates to September 2016.
Every couple of months I visit an ex-neighbour and have always found it very well run. With excellent friendly and caring staff. My friend settled in straight away and is very happy and content. She loves the food and atmosphere. Very well done to you all.
How likely would you be to recommend Houndswood House Care Home? Extremely Likely
Overall Standard: Excellent
Care / Support: Excellent
Treated with Dignity: Excellent
Food & Drink: Excellent
Safety / Security: Excellent
Value for Money: Excellent
Submitted from a Postal Card by Karen W on Thursday 4 August 2016. Relates to July 2016.
My mother has been in this establishment for over five years. The accommodation is meant to be getting a refurbishment and hopefully it will be considered the disruption to clients and staff, especially due to dementia suffers and their confusion. Most chairs smell of urine and have stains. Staff I would have put as excellent, however communication can be poor due to English not being a first language.
I usually have to change my mothers pad when I visit as she is incontinent. Sometimes she may be in her room all day and night with not much social intervention due to staff numbers and even then they are limited to how much time they can spend with her.
It seems most of the time the manager is in her office and not much interaction is given to clients families in her approach other than that satisfactory.
How likely would you be to recommend Houndswood House Care Home? Likely
Overall Standard: Good
Care / Support: Good
Treated with Dignity: Satisfactory
Food & Drink: Satisfactory
Safety / Security: Good
Value for Money: Satisfactory
Bethany Gibbons, Marketing Assistant at Houndswood House Care Home responded to this review on 17 Aug 2016:
Thank you for your comments. We welcome all feedback that will help us to improve our care services.
Houndswood House will be undertaking a full refurbishment very soon. Our refurbishment programmes are always carefully planned and managed. The contractors are highly experienced at minimising disruption to our residents whilst they undertake the required work. Residents and relatives are kept informed of the programme, from start to finish. As part of the refurbishment programme at Houndswood House, we will be replacing furniture in communal areas and bedrooms. Details of our plans will be communicated to families when they are available.
All staff members at Houndswood House are recruited through a process which includes a competency based interview, DBS check and 2 work references. Being able to speak English is part of our competency process and all of our team have passed this process. In addition to our care team, the home also has three Activities Co-ordinators, who offer a range of planned activities within the home and who also spend quality one-to-one time with residents who prefer to stay in their rooms. We encourage residents to participate in activities and involve residents in the development of our activity programme.
Right from the beginning we try to get an understanding of our residents, finding out about their life story and getting to know the things they would really like to do via our Wishing Well Programme so that we can help to make their wishes a reality. Each resident will have a monthly engagement review to understand how things are going and to agree any changes and improvements that are required. Houndswood House operates the Wishing Well programme and a recent example of this is found on our website.
I see a vital part of my role of Home Manager is being in the home with residents, ensuring all their needs are met. I make sure I spend as much time as possible with residents each day. I have an open door policy and you are always welcome to pop in anytime to discuss anything you’d like. Although I carry out essential daily team reviews and audits to lead and manage the home, I am available to speak with families and residents. Please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com with any of these issues raised if you would like to discuss further, or pop into see me anytime.
Deby O’Hare, Home Manager
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Job Title: Activities Co Ordinator
" I have worked at Houndswood House Care Home for two & a half years. I started as a Care Assistant and have been in the role of Activities Co Ordinator for one & a half years. I love working with our residents and helping them to maintain active social lives. It is a lovely place to work with a friendly atmosphere and scenic surroundings."
NVQ2 & 3, Dementia Care Mapper,Fire Warden
Job Title: Deputy Manager
" I am a Registered Mental nurse of 38yrs experience. I have worked at Houndswood House for 5 yrs. The aspect of my role that I enjoy the most is developing and maintaining relationships with residents, relatives and staff and using these relationships effectively to improve care standards within the home."
Job Title: Home Manager
" I have over 25 yrs experience as a Registered Nurse and have worked at Houndswood House for 3 yrs. The thing I enjoy most about my role is being part of an effective care team and providing excellent standards of care in a relaxed and friendly environment"
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