Respecting the individual and their personal needs
St Barnabas provides a safe, friendly and family-like environment for those wishing to live an engaged and stimulated life with fulltime professional care and support.
Our provision of care is highly personalised with a high ratio of staff to residents ensuring that residents are not left alone or isolated. Staff and residents spend much of the day together – but everyone has the choice to withdraw to their own rooms for some privacy.
Our friendly team are always on hand to help those who may need assistance to leave their private rooms and come down stairs. A lift is also available but walking and movement are usually encouraged to ensure fitness levels are maintained. Our staff will also help with any washing and all hygiene care. Family and friends are encouraged to spend as much time as they like visiting or joining in on care home activities.
With our dedicated team of 30 trained staff, we pride ourselves in being able to offer the best possible care for our residents, whether they need help in their own rooms, or wish to join others during mealtimes or in the communal sitting rooms. Our team members take their meals with residents to foster a warm, family-like atmosphere in the home. We are proud at St Barnabas to offer a higher number of staff than is common practice in order to allow our residents to have as much contact and interaction, or care supervision, as is needed for their personal well-being, day and night.
As well as the care team, we have a dedicated cook who works with the manager and with residents to provide meals that are both healthy and suitable for our elderly residents, including catering for specialist dietary requirements where needed. All our food is prepared in the care home’s own kitchens from fresh produce bought on a daily basis. Attention is given to making meals nutritious and digestible for people with frailer dispositions. We encourage our residents to take meals in the dining room, but they can opt to eat in their own rooms if preferred.
Nicki is a qualified care professional with more than 27 years experience in the care home sector. She has worked for Suffolk County Council for over 18 years and covered many different positions in the field, including latterly managing three of the Council’s care homes in East Suffolk.
Her knowledge of the sector and the required processes of running a professional care home as set out by the government’s Care Quality Commission are unparalleled.
Since her appointment as Manager of St Barnabas in 2015, Nicki has brought a passion to the home, which is firmly anchored in a very personal philosophy: to provide the best possible care via a skilled, dedicated and compassionate team in a unique domestic atmosphere.
St Barnabas is a registered Charity, which is governed by a constitution and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The role of the Trustees is to work closely with the Manager of the House to ensure that St Barnabas is well managed within frameworks set out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), other regulatory authorities and legislation, and that it meets its constitutional requirements in terms of managing the charity’s assets. Trustees are involved in many aspects of the running of the House, including evaluating and supporting individual care needs, supporting the Manager when important decisions need to be made and generally providing pro bono advice, counsel and support.
We are fortunate at St Barnabas to be able to lean on a highly experienced group of trustees, all of who have worked in different areas of the public and private sectors, and thus are able to contribute vastly with their experience and specialist skills. Our board includes individuals with experience in the care home sector, financial services sector, construction, project management, education, communications consulting field, as well as the NHS.