Hulcott

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5AX

Margaret Smart

Care Home Manager

At Hulcott care home in Aylesbury we provide the highest standards of specialist nursing and residential care for up to 38 elderly ladies and gentlemen.

  • Professional nursing care
  • The highest standards of accommodation
  • Dedicated friendly Care Team
  • Excellent reputation for care
  • Tailored care plans
  • Beautiful Wealden style house

Our commitment to care

At Hulcott care and nursing home in Buckinghamshire we offer a full range of residential and nursing care support – including trial stays, short stay and convalescent care, as well as long-term care.

Our Care Team is committed to providing high-quality and person-centred care for all of the residents in our home. We always encourage residents to bring important personal possessions to help personalise their rooms and to make the space their own.

Visiting us

We operate an open visiting policy at Hulcott, helping residents and loved ones to visit at the most convenient times for them. We also serve tea for our residents on a daily basis, and friends and family members are always welcome to join.

Accreditation

As the Home Manager at Hulcott, I have a qualified nursing background and lead my Care Team to provide the highest standards of care. I also ensure that every member of our Care Team receives the ongoing training they need to do their jobs, helping us to build on the excellent reputation we have earned for high quality care provision.

Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission and has ISO9001/2000 and Hospitality Assured accreditation.

Design and history of Hulcott

Hulcott Nursing Home is steeped in history. Formerly the village rectory, our home was built in 1862. It is reputed to have been designed by George Devey, the architect famed for developing the Wealden vernacular style and responsible for the Hulcott School.

Our home has since undergone a comprehensive, yet sensitive, modernisation programme – retaining important period features, while ensuring that we are able to provide the highest standards of care.

Our rooms and communal areas are decorated and furnished to a very high standard and we recently completed a number of bedroom renovations, all with brand new en suite wet rooms, in 2015.

Care Facilities

To promote optimum health in our residents, a personalised nutrition plan is created for each individual, with specific dietary needs taken into account.
We offer reminiscence therapy to give residents an opportunity to recall and share happy memories. This is an enjoyable social activity, which can increase confidence and self esteem.
Our trusted and well-liked visiting physiotherapist is available to treat and advise our residents.
Our local, assigned GP is able to visit our site to treat and advise any of our residents.
A visiting occupational therapist ensures each resident's particular needs are met in our facility.
Residents can enjoy peace of mind, thanks to our retained, registered general nurse who provides comfort and professional advice to residents.
Residents can relax in our tidy and clean environment, without lifting a finger, thanks to our dedicated daily cleaning service team.
Our laundry is handled in-house, meaning residents do not have the hassle of washing and drying clothing and linen themselves.
Our qualified dementia team are experts in the latest developments in dementia care, identifying each resident's personal needs and creating a dedicated care plan catered to them.
Trained dementia care staff are on hand to support our residents and ensure their time with us is spent safely and positively.
A retained registered mental health nurse is experienced in dealing with our residents and their requirements.
We use a friendly registered mental health nurse, who residents are familiar with and trust.
We are proud to hold Hospitality Assured Accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to outstanding service and resident care.
Our excellence in performance and efficiency is recognised through our ISO 9001 Accreditation.
Our dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Team ensure our accreditations are maintained and these high standards are reflected across the facility.
Once we have reviewed the results of the pre-admission assessment, Individual Care Plans are carefully created and a detailed approach to every resident's care is formulised.
Telephone and face to face advice is available to any resident with bladder or bowel concerns. Patients do not need to be incontinent to receive this information.
Our specialist group of activities co-ordinators make sure there are a range of mental, physical and social activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy.

Room Facilities

Residents can use en-suite facilities with added peace of mind with an emergency call point.
We provide step-free, non-slip showers, which are safe and convenient for our residents.
For sanitary reasons and convenience, residents are provided with their own personal basin.
An en-suite WC and basin is provided for the convenience of our residents.
Private bathroom and shower facilities are offered to all residents, so they don't have the inconvenience of sharing, or waiting to use the washroom.
Our bathrooms are fitted with automatic lights, which are serviced on a regular basis.
To aid the flow of traffic in our home and make moving from space to space easier, free swing doors have been fitted along corridors.
For added safety and peace of mind, secure grab rails have been fitted in washrooms.
Electronically operated, homely and safe nursing beds are provided for the comfort of our residents.
The ultimate in luxury, our divan beds provide a good night's sleep as well as plenty of storage for residents.
Secluded patios provide a private space for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Residents are able to enjoy all their favourite television shows and films, thanks to our modern television sets.
The full range of Freeview stations, including popular channels such as Challenge and Film4, can be enjoyed by all our residents.
Residents can revel in the exceptional quality of High Definition Freeview television, offering stunning colours and a much sharper image compared to standard definition.
Cable television provides an additional choice of channels for our residents, including National Geographic and Hallmark Channel.
Clean, well-maintained furniture can be provided for residents to enjoy their own fully-furnished bedroom without the hassle of sourcing and moving in appropriate furniture.
Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture to personalise their space and create their own homely environment.
Residents can take advantage of the flexibility of free WIFI in their bedrooms, for added privacy and convenience.
Special sensors indicate when doors are opened or when movement is detected in the room. These alarms help reduce risk to vulnerable residents.
Window limiters ensure residents are safe and secure at all times, whilst still allowing fresh air into the rooms.
Clear, big button telephones have been installed to provide ease of use for our residents.
To reduce anxiety and support patients' independent living skills, we have installed toilets which are visible from the bed.
Classic fixtures and fittings, such as traditional taps, bath plugs and light switches have been introduced to the facility to help reduce confusion.
Only non-toxic, thornless flowers and shrubs have been planted in our gardens. This reduces the risk of residents harming themselves.
Solid, easy grip door handles are provided to aid residents' navigation around their bedroom and the rest of the facility.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our friendly receptionist is on hand to answer any queries throughout the working week.
Our reception desk is always manned, with a knowledgeable weekend receptionist available to help.
Visitors have access to their own, fully serviced toilet facilities.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Residents are can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world, as well as browse the internet, thanks to our reliable broadband, offered at no extra cost.
Being able to enjoy great food is one of the simple pleasures in life. We offer a quiet, private area for residents to enjoy their meals.
Every bathroom has been designed to make it easier to use for our residents' specific needs.
Residents can enjoy the luxury of a warm shower in their own safe, assisted shower room.
A modern, spacious and regularly serviced lift is available for use to all residents and visitors.
Friendly, fully qualified nurses are on-hand throughout the day and night to assist with our residents' needs.
A room where all our residents can keep up to date with their favourite soaps and take pleasure in watching shows and films with their friends.
A bright and airy conservatory is the perfect environment for residents to enjoy views of the garden.
Residents can relax with a book and a cool drink on our outdoor terrace, complete with comfortable furniture.
Light, airy and temperature controlled dining rooms make the perfect environment for our residents to enjoy their meals.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
Regardless of the time of day, our residents will not go hungry, thanks to our round the clock snack menu, offering healthy and filling food choices.
Our popular themed food events are a great talking point amongst our residents and add a touch of fun and variety to mealtimes.
A packed schedule of games, activities and trips means there is a social event to suit every resident's taste.
Residents are able to take pleasure in a range of entertainment options, including singers and dance troupes, from the various types of visiting entertainment.
We offer a wide range of external trips, to the seaside, shopping centres, National Trust sites and other local areas of interest.
To assist with hearing in difficult environments, such as a theatre or church, we offer audio induction loops to our residents who use hearing aids.
Convenient handrails have been fitted around our centre to aid mobility.
Professionally created dementia orientation signage has been positioned around our facility to assist residents' navigational requirements.
Gently sloped floors and wide access routes make our centre wholly wheelchair accessible.
Safe, modern hoists are used by our trained staff to make activities such as getting into bed easy and comfortable for residents.
Cats and dogs are welcome in our centre, providing friendship and a special kind of therapy to our residents.
Our fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and sprinkler systems are serviced bi-annually by an external provider to ensure they are fully functioning and safe.
Our themed reminiscence lounge encourages residents to recall fond memories of times gone by.
No dead ends – interest is created in the area to help avoid confusion and distress
Our experienced and trained head chef creates a huge choice of meals to suit every palate.
Our in-house laundry team ensure every resident's laundry needs are catered for, so they don't have to worry about washing clothing or bedding.
Wonky shelves, dripping taps and a host of other odd jobs can be fixed quickly and efficiently by our friendly in-house handyman.
Residents can always experience bright, airy rooms and an unobstructed view of the outside world, thanks to our visiting window cleaners.
Our gardens, patios, paths and parking areas are kept clean and weather-ready by our visiting landscape gardening team.
Our well-loved visiting library service allows residents to enjoy all manner of reading and audio books, free of charge.
Residents are able to worship and practise their own religion in our facility, with the support of our visiting multi-faith clergy.
Gentle, relaxing ambient music helps maintain a calm and welcoming environment for our residents.
State of the art computer facilities and tablets are available for use by our residents. We also offer support to those residents needing guidance with these devices.
An independent care fee planning advisory service is available to all residents, providing unbiased information and guidance.
A range of daily newspapers are offered to our residents, so they can keep up to date with local and international news.

Outdoor Facilities

We offer a safe place for friends and family to park their car whilst visiting loved ones.
Our beautifully designed landscaped garden houses a range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing scenic surroundings for all our residents.
Our countryside location means we offer a natural, healthy space for our residents to unwind and relax in.

Manager's Profile

I lead my professional Care Team in providing the highest standards of residential and nursing care for up to 38 elderly ladies and gentlemen.

As an experienced Registered Nurse, I have gained a wealth of knowledge in the field of elderly care, nursing and dementia care. My career in nursing began in 1976 and has since taken me from being an Enrolled Nurse in a hospital, on to Deputy Matron and then Registered Manager in a Care Home.

Within a number of my roles, I have specialised in the area of rehabilitation; notably working as a Staff Nurse in the National Spinal Injuries Centre in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and as a Senior Staff Nurse in Amersham Hospital specialising in the rehabilitation of elderly patients.

I’m particularly passionate about training and empowering my staff. Prior to my appointment as Manager, I was the main mentor at Hulcott for student nurses on placement from Bedfordshire University. I myself continue to attend seminars and training to continue my professional development and update my knowledge on current best practice.

Having lived in nearby Waddesdon for over 30 years, I know and loves the local area very much. Away from work, I enjoy walking and cycling through the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. I’m also a sewing enthusiast and keen gardener.

Margaret Smart

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Our Address

The Old Rectory
Hulcott
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP22 5AX

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