Provider Name: The Leaders Of Worship And Preachers Homes
Care home beds: 28
Westerley, Minehead was formerly a hotel until purchased by Mutual Aid Homes and opened on 24th May 1957 as a Residential Care Home for elderly Methodist (or Wesleyan Reform) Local Preachers, their widows, widowers or dependants. All denominations are now welcomed into residence if they support the fundamental values of life in a Christian community.
The Home is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide accommodation and care for 28 residents (category OP). It is not registered to provide nursing care. Residents are normally accommodated in single rooms but a double room can be provided for married couples, subject to availability.
Westerley is situated just off the main road, which runs from the South and East into Minehead town centre, which in turn is about half a mile away. The house stands in a prominent corner position with views of the beautiful Quantock Hills from the front and North Hill from the side and rear. The home is in a level position; about 20 minutes walk from the sea.
The town is served by bus services offering good connections with towns and villages in the West Country, Local buses pick up and drop off outside Westerley.
For those interested in the countryside we have the beautiful rolling hills of Exmoor only five minutes away by car. The West Somerset Steam Railway is based in Minehead and trains run on a daily basis throughout most of the year to outlying stations towards Bishop’s Lydeard near Taunton.
The picturesque harbour with its small boats and fishermen and the extensive beautiful Blenheim Garden is only a short walk away. The seafront promenade is ideal for walking or for anyone making use of a ‘Buggy’.
Minehead has numerous Churches of most denominations; most are on the level and easy to get to. There is a free taxi service to the Methodist Church at Alcombe and a car to pick up worshippers who choose to go to the Methodist Church in the Avenue, which is on the main street in the shopping area.
The Home is serviced by three Doctors’ practices and we are also very fortunate that an emergency facility is on hand at the newly built local Minehead hospital.
The 28 residents’ bedrooms are situated on the ground and first floors, which are linked by a large passenger lift. All rooms have en suite facilities and some have en suite showers. One room is reserved for short stay care or convalescence and has an en suite toilet.
All rooms are fitted with a call system to enable residents to summon a member of staff should the need arise and are equipped to recognised standards for disabled residents. 24 hour care is provided by fully trained experienced staff.
Residents are encouraged to have a private telephone line installed in their room, but any resident not wishing to avail themselves of such a facility may use the Home’s telephone by arrangement with the person in charge of the shift. A charge will be made to cover the cost of any outgoing calls made in this way.
A short time of devotion is held daily (Monday-Friday) in the lounge at 10.15 am and Holy Communion takes place in the Home each month.
Other facilities include:
- large comfortable communal lounge, with TV, a new digital piano and sound loop system for those with impaired hearing
- roomy conservatory with deep windows overlooking the garden and water feature
- spacious dining room, which makes mealtimes leisurely, relaxed and informal, a favourite time for a chat
- extensive and sheltered private garden with water feature. There is also a summer house with a ‘turn table’ so that residents can sit sheltered from the wind.
- visiting chiropodist (included in fees)
- hairdressing room (fortnightly visits by professional hairdresser)
- regular entertainment programme throughout the year, supported by our social committee
- residents Internet café, including laptop facilities for residents to use equipment in the privacy of their rooms.
- wi-fi access throughout the home to enable residents/family to internet access
- access to digital communication such as Skype, for voice and video calling
- The Home is situated on level ground with drop off and pick up facilities, and ample car
- parking facilities on the street.
Residents are encouraged to maintain their independence and to take an active part in the daily life of the Home. They are encouraged, if they so desire, to contribute to the local Churches and the Christian ethos of the Home.
Events and Activities
We organise a varied range of activities which take place on a regular basis, either daily, weekly or monthly.
- Daily devotions
- Reminiscence sessions
- Knit & Natter
- Armchair exercising
- Beetle drive
- Carpet bowls
- Flower arranging
- History groups
- Games sessions
We supplement our home run activities with entertainments supplied by external artists. Some examples of these are hand bell ringing, accordion playing, singing and piano recitals.
We are blessed with many ‘Friends of Westerley’ – volunteers who give up their time and energy to support the social, recreational and spiritual life of the home and its residents.
Please contact the Home Manager on 01643 702066 for availability and any other questions or queries you may have. It may be possible for a representative of Westerley Christian Care Homes to visit you at home to tell you more about life in our Homes and to assist you in completing the application forms.
If you would like any advice on funding your placement, please feel free to contact either our Office on 01702 342059 or the Home Manager.
OverallRead overall summary
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection checked whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.
This comprehensive inspection took place on 28 September 2017 and was unannounced. It was carried out by one adult social care inspector.
Before the inspection, the provider completed a Provider Information Return (PIR). This is a form that asks the provider to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. We looked at the information in the PIR and also looked at other information we held about the service before the inspection visit. At our last inspection in October 2015 we did not identify any concerns with the care provided to people.
During this inspection we spoke with eight people in their own rooms and met others in the communal sitting room and dining room. We spoke with five members of staff, the registered manager and two relatives. We met with two GPs and a community nurse. Throughout the day we observed care practices in communal areas and saw lunch being served in the dining room.
We looked at a number of records relating to individual care and the running of the home. These included four care plans, medication records, three staff personal files and records of quality assurance measures.
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