The Orchard Nursing Home

129 - 135 Camp Road, St Albans AL1 5HL

The Orchard Nursing and Care Home in St Albans, is an attractive purpose-built home dedicated to providing excellent standards of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 63 elderly residents, including trial stays, respite breaks and convalescent care as well as long term care.

Staff strive for a blend of compassion and commitment, while the home has many pleasing features to add to the satisfaction of daily lifestyles, including en-suite bedrooms, activity rooms and landscaped sensory gardens.

Following a recent refurbishment, the nursing home has combined services, furnishings and equipment to ensure a luxurious standard of resident comfort and care in an attractive and restful environment.

A bright and spacious interior includes a choice of lounge and quiet areas and there is even a cinema facility.

Group: Caring Homes Group

Person in charge: Wendy Walker (Home Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council (click for contact details)

Type of Service: Care Home with nursing – Privately Owned , Registered for a maximum of 63 Service Users

Registered Care Categories*: Dementia • Old Age

Specialist Care Categories: Alzheimer's • Cancer Care • Challenging Behaviour • Epilepsy • Hearing Impairment • Huntington's Disease • Motor Neurone Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Muscular Dystrophy • Neuropathic • Orthopaedic • Parkinson's Disease • Speech Impairment • Stroke • Visual Impairment

Admission Information: Ages 65+.

Languages Spoken by Staff (other than English): Filipino, Afrikaans, Bengali; Bangla, German, Greek, Modern, Spanish; Castilian, French, Hindi, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Slovak, Urdu

Single Rooms: 63

Shared Rooms: 0

Rooms with ensuite WC: 63

Facilities & Services: Palliative Care • Respite Care • Convalescent Care • Separate Dementia Care Unit • Own GP if required • Own Furniture if required • Close to Local shops • Near Public Transport • Lift • Gardens for residents • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room • Residents Internet Access

Directions:

The home is located on Camp Road near the junction with Cell Barnes Lane. The home is a 10 minute walk from St Albans station and is within easy walking distance to multiple bus routes.

Visiting:

Visitors welcome at any time, but The Orchard Nursing Home would encourage visitors to call in advance to ensure that any specific arrangements can be met.

Parking:

The home has its own car park for visitors.

Latest Care Quality Commission* Report on The Orchard Nursing Home: click here

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Overview

The Review Score of 8.2 (maximum of 10) for The Orchard Nursing Home is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.5 out of 5 from 10 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Orchard Nursing Home in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.7 out of 5 from 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.461 for The Orchard Nursing Home is calculated as follows: ( (61 Excellents x 5) + (47 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 115 Ratings = 4.461

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. 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:

    1. 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.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Care Home with 50 registered maximum number of service users 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.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 3.738 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Orchard Nursing Home is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 12.6 positive Reviews (63 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 12.6 Target = 0.238

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

8.2 The Orchard Nursing Home has a Review Score of 8.2 (8.199) from 10 Reviews


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Reviewer Connection to The Orchard Nursing Home

  • Daughter of Resident/Service User
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  • Son of Resident/Service User
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  • Friend of Resident/Service User
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  • Great-Niece of Resident/Service User
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  • Husband of Resident/Service User
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We are very pleased with the level of care and the quality of the full-time staff. It is now great that we have a permanent manager who appears to be very experienced and extremely approachable. After the refurbishment of the ground and first floor to a high standard, it is disappointing that there is no plan to refurbish the second floor which is now looking a little tired.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Likely

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

I have been very satisfied with the standard of care at The Orchard. The facilities are very good and with the improvements currently being carried out, will present a first-class facility.
The current management and care staff are very professional and caring.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Very good dementia and general care. My mother was expecting end of life care but improved and gained 2 stone and now well and able to participate in the home life.
Very pleased and can recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

Clare Francis, Home Manager at The Orchard Nursing Home responded to this review on 01 Aug 2017:

At Caring Homes we take feedback from our residents and their families very seriously and we are delighted to hear that this resident has gained weight and is enjoying life at The Orchard Nursing Home. We are always pleased when families are happy with the care received and would feel able to recommend our home as having very good dementia and general care.

Our care team strives to ensure every resident is enjoying life at the home to the full and will be working with this resident and family to ensure our daily activities are suitable and being taken full advantage of. Our home manager’s door is always open for discussion on any aspect of care at The Orchard.

As we live in Canada and were able to visit just three times during our stay I do not feel qualified to answer all questions. We did find the staff caring and helpful. Our dear resident became more her old self by our third visit and we happily went down memory lane together. We found the facility clean, her room as well. Several staff members showed interest in our being there and asked questions. We leave for home today feeling reassured of our dear friends care.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Staff are caring and courteous. Initial concerns have been addressed and facilities considerably improved.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

My family were looking for home who could offer my Mother daycare as she has advanced alzheimers. First impressions of The Orchard were excellent. The home is modern, clean and felt very welcoming. Friends had already reassured us that the home was good. I had visited other homes but my brother and I both immediately felt that The Orchard was right for my Mother. She has attended the home since June 2016 and my family and friends have really noticed an improvement with my Mother. She is happy to attend the home and is extremely well cared for by the warm-hearted staff.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

A very clean and tidy nursing home and were pleased that my aunt spent her last stages of Alzheimer's and was clearly a little upset by the move, but soon began to settle in. We were told she was not eating or drinking, but this was something she had not done for a very long time, we were not surprised. We found the staff confident and caring. The nature of the disease means patients walk around on the floor and lot and it's hard to stop them walking into rooms that are not their own.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Over years this is the third member of our family to be in The Orchard and we have no complaints.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Outstanding care since my dad's admission in October 2013 to date. Despite change of ownership of the care home standards have maintained and improved. I have been impressed by the standard of care and support by all staff not only to my dad but our family as well in this difficult time. I would highly recommend this home to friends and relatives.

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Orchard care home and all the staff are amazing. My Aunt was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour last November. She had an operation and Radio Therapy to give her a bit more time but sadly rapidly deteriorated towards the end of June this year where she was hospitalised for 3 weeks. I decided I wanted her out of hospital and somewhere where I was confident she would get 24 hour care that was a "home from home" and that's exactly what we got. I viewed the home on my own and was shown all the rooms available and all the facilities on offer. I met the manager who was wonderfully supportive through this very emotional time and reserved my Aunts room with her there and then. This was the first home on a list of others I was due to view but I was so confident and overwhelmed by how lovely it was and it just felt right. We talked daily, chasing paperwork and hospital tests and finally got my Aunt into her room on The 8th of July. She had her Jazz music playing and was surrounded by photos of her loved ones and fresh flowers. Her key worker and Nurse washed and changed her and got her comfortable and settled straight away. We kissed her goodbye and told her we would see her tomorrow and felt confident that she was happy and relaxed. Sadly just as we arrived home (an hour away) we got a call to say that we better come back. My Beautiful Aunt slipped away 10 minutes after that call was made. When we arrived back to the home the manager greeted us at the door and told us the bad news. We got to see my Aunt who looked so peaceful and finally at rest and still listening to her Jazz music. We were offered plenty of shoulders to cry on and cups of tea. I really couldn't have wished for a better ending to my Aunts wonderful life and I know she couldn't have either. The manager was amazing from start to finish and listened to my wishes all the way through and I felt that my Aunt was in the best hands (apart from mine, obviously) thank you so much to everyone at The Orchards, a truly wonderful place. Rosie x

How likely would you be to recommend The Orchard Nursing Home? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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Bed Vacancies

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posted 08 May 2018

Please call 0808 223 5544 or email enquiries@caringhomes.org for further information about current bed vacancies at The Orchard.

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Staff Profiles

Wendy

Wendy Walker

Job Title: Home Manager

Joined: 2017

Description:

As the Home Manager at The Orchard, I bring with me over 25 years working in both the NHS and Independent healthcare sector as a Senior Manager. An RGN by background, the last five years working in the Care sector turning round Care Homes requiring improvement. The 10 years prior were spent managing the implementation of new services, redesigning clinical pathways and working with key stakeholders to realise national and local health agendas.

I enjoy all aspects of my job, although there are many challenges on a day to day basis, working with a team who provide high standards of person-centred care to residents to ensure they have a fulfilled, engaged and happy environment to live always makes me happy.

My experience and passion for the role I perform is to lead by example, ensuring the home follows all policies and procedures to provide a highly skilled team to enhance the residents lives so they have the most fulfilled life they can have with a leader who is driven to outstanding care.

The caring and committed team working with me shares my values and beliefs, to make sure that our care helps residents to keep their dignity and choices in life. Our approach enables them to keep the best possible degree of independence which keeps them safe and happy.

I look forward to building relationships with residents and their families, my door is always open should anyone need.

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