The Orchard, Hertfordshire
The Orchard at a glance
Welcome to The Orchard
The Orchard Nursing Home is located in a quiet residential area of St Albans, offering residential, nursing and dementia care. As you step inside there’s clean, bright, fresh spaces, and flowers everywhere. We have comfortable lounges, an activity room, hair salon and brand-new bistro full of homemade cakes and freshly brewed coffee. Explore quiet nooks with comfy armchairs, classic novels and books on the shelves. To keep the mind sharp you’ll find board games, cards and puzzles. A well-stocked arts and crafts room is the perfect space to spread out and create. We have a wonderful display of photos, drawings, and art for our residents and visitors to enjoy.
Daily Life at The Orchard
Keeping things personal
The lovely surroundings at The Orchard Nursing Home are matched by the standard of care our team brings residents. We love learning as much as we can about the people we care for, so your loved one’s time is tailored to their individual needs, interests and preferences. This can be as small as knowing when they like to wake up, to how they like their tea, and everything in between.
We give as much independence as possible, letting individuals choose how to run the home and if they prefer dinner in front of the TV, or even dusting their own room, we’ll make it happen. Just as putting their own stamp on their bedroom, we’ll help them to personalise it with the things they love.
I very much appreciated the support and patience of the staff. It was very important that she felt happy and secure in her new environment and thanks to the staff and pleasant surroundings, this was the case.
The management and staff have been amazing at The Orchard. I can’t praise the care given highly enough. Everyone is so warm and welcoming, and we're really impressed with the friendliness, cleanliness and comfort of the nursing home.
I've been reassured by the excellent levels of care that Mum has received. We are happy to know that Mum is in good hands with a professional yet friendly approach to the residents.
We consistently apply infection control procedures and services that meet or exceed the requirements and expectations of our customers.
News and stories from The OrchardOur team and residents are always busy with events and activities, see what they’ve been up to lately.
Gents trip to the RAF Museum
15th February 2023
Coming Together for a Knit and Natter at The Orchard
31st January 2023
Map and DirectionsSee what’s nearby, how to get there and estimated driving time.Local Area
- St Albans Cathedral
- Verlamium Park
- Clarence Park
- Local cafes and shops in nearby St Albans
- Transport to view our home can be arranged
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Our TeamOur team includes nurses and carers experienced in all types of care.
- Narcis Militaru Home Manager
As The Orchard Nursing Home Manager, I have a strong conviction that each resident should have the opportunity to live their life as they wish to and with my team ensure we put compassionate care at the forefront of everything we do.
- Agnes Petu-Stiles Deputy Manager
Our carers and nurses are highly skilled, with qualifications to manage all types of care, including residential, nursing and dementia. Within each team, we’re also able to offer specialist care for complex conditions.
- Natalie Collard Customer Relationship Manager
I feel really passionate about helping residents and their families feel part of our community. I strongly believe every resident should have the opportunity to live their life as they wish to.
- Vicky Ashby Senior Wellbeing Co Ordinator
I have been a Wellbeing Co-Ordinator for 8 years and love my job. I am also the Regional Wellbeing Ambassador for all the Homes in our Region. My passion is to enhance the daily wellbeing of each of our residents with person cantered engagement and activities.
Meet the ManagerFind out more about our Home Manager, Narcis Militaru
Narcis is our Home Manager at The Orchard Care Home, here's a little bit more about the home in his own words:
As the Home Manager, I believe that our residents should be treated with the highest quality of care possible and I have the responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. I lead by example and involve myself in the day-to-day life of the home as well as making The Orchard a happy and enjoyable place in which to live and work.
I take a lot of pleasure from spending time with relatives and residents, understanding the important contribution that these relationships make to the successful running of a care home. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the team so that we can work together and deliver the best quality care possible.
I started my career in emergency services as a firefighter/paramedic. I then took the decision to join the nursing school and I qualified as a registered nurse in 2014, I then worked as a staff nurse and regional support nurse until 2018 when I moved into a management role. I have managed in a couple of care homes prior to coming to The Orchard of varying sizes and care provisions.
I operate an open-door policy and am approachable, not only to my team but to the residents and their relatives too as it is their home. I encourage residents to make their rooms their own, by bringing in personal items to help make them homely for them.
Our home has a strong connection with the local community, and this is something that I am proud of and want to develop further.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors I like to go fishing and skiing with friends and family and play as much sport as possible including table tennis, going to the gym and playing football as well as much more.
Award-winning Dementia TrainingFind out more about why we’re proud to be the only care home group to have our own unique award-winning dementia training.A person living with dementia may need more care and support as their condition progresses. Care can be provided in both residential and nursing settings on a permanent or respite basis.Our dementia care
PricingSee a breakdown of our pricesCost guide
These indicative fees are subject to a pre-admission needs assessment which is required to fully understand the level of care and support required. Nursing fees include Local Authority nursing contributions (Funded Nursing Contribution) if applicable.
Fee rates are also determined by the size and aspect of the room and the duration of the stay (short stay/respite or permanent). Fees are payable monthly in advance.Permanent
- ResidentialFrom £1,525
- NursingFrom £1,625
- Residential DementiaFrom £1,600
- Nursing DementiaFrom £1,725
- ResidentialFrom £1,625
- NursingFrom £1,725
- Residential DementiaFrom £1,700
- Nursing DementiaFrom £1,825
What's available at an additional cost?
- All care, nursing and support
- Dedicated key worker
- Activities and lifestyle programme
- All meals, snacks and drinks
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- All utilities and accommodation costs
- Chiropody and beauty treatments
- Toiletries, newspapers, magazines
- Staff escorts
- Telephone calls
- Paid TV
DownloadsAll the resources you need to make a decisionThe Orchard Indicative Pricing Download PDFSample Home Contract Download PDFOur Funding Care Guide Download PDFCare Home Checklist Download PDF
Finding the perfect home
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A needs assessment will ensure that you have the required care and support 24/7.
Enjoy a relaxing and fulfilling lifestyle, safe in the knowledge that you'll always be cared for.
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9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
You should be able to visit a home at any time – we advise visiting more than once and at different times, so that you can get a clearer understanding of what it is like throughout the day. If you wish to meet the Home Manager during your visit, you might want to consider booking in advance to help ensure they are available when you attend. You can book a viewing using the form above or by calling the home.
Our Head Chef and the team have many years of cooking experience. They craft their nutritionally balanced menus using seasonal produce, and are guided by the feedback provided to them from our residents during their monthly hospitality meetings and individual care plans.
All members of our care teams are given the training and support needed to help them provide the highest standards of care.
Caring Homes has been providing care for over 25 years. Every team member receives our unique ‘Living in my World’ dementia training which is accredited by City and Guilds.
It highlights the importance of meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with dementia, as well as addressing clinical aspects of care.
The ‘Food in my World’ training, also accredited by City and Guilds provides the hospitality team and chefs with the skills and knowledge to stimulate senses and increase creativity in the cooking and presentation of food. This can provide a much-improved dining experience for residents living with dementia and or dysphagia.
The length of time people spend in a care home varies according to their needs and preferences. Our homes offer permanent care to suit your needs or perhaps a respite stay might be required during a period of convalescence after being in hospital. Day Care is also available at many homes to ensure care can continue when a regular carer is unavailable.