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Excellent 90%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Weekly Prices From £1,029.00
Regulator's Rating Good
Meet The Manager

Julie Hutchins is Manager at Friars Mead.

I started in Day Care in 1989 as a Care Assistant for Bedfordshire County Council. After some training in Dementia I became interested in the subject and thus moved into specialist Dementia Home Care. For 23 years I continued to work for Bedfordshire County Council in various roles and also gaining NVQ in Business & Computer Studies. For the past 10 years I have been Registered Manager of Dementia Care homes now have a NVQ Level 4 in Management & a Foundation Degree in Care Management. Having managed homes from 18 to 72 beds and commissioned / established a 29 bedded home, I have certainly had a vast and fulfilling experience within the care industry. Whatever the type or size of home I am passionate about the residents having the best care possible and to help them continue to have a full and enjoyable life.

I am excited to be at Friars Mead - a small friendly home with a great supportive team of staff. Together we are aiming to achieve an Outstanding rating! 

Julie Hutchins

Located in pleasant, quiet grounds close to the centre of the village of Kings Langley, Friars Mead offers specialist residential care for frail older people.

Established in 1992 as an independent Society within the Abbeyfield Movement, Friars Mead provides high quality care in a welcoming and homely atmosphere. Every effort is made to involve our Residents in the day to day running of the house.

For all our residents at Friars Mead, we strive to provide the very best level of care, from tailored care requirements and specialist equipment to the provision of a wide range of activities, entertainment and outside visits.

At Friars Mead we pride ourselves in ensuring every resident feels at home, surrounded by their personal effects within pleasant surroundings.


Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Convalescence, End of Life, High Dependency, Independent Living, Palliative, Personal care, Support for Couples.
Disability Support Bed Bound, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Requires Hoist , Visual Impairment, Walking Frame, Wheel Chair Bound.
Medication By Mouth.
Nursing Specialisms Stroke.
Respite Care Yes

Autumna has invited care providers to evidence the infection control measures they are carrying out, above and beyond those laid out by the government, in order to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

Infection Control Initiatives in place
safe-tick Infection Control Training Our staff are trained to use measures which prevent and control infections.
safe-tick Sterilisation & Disinfection Devices We are using sterilisation and/or disinfection devices within our care setting.
safe-tick Virus Testing We are testing for viral infection when symptoms present within our care setting.
Safe Visiting Space
safe-tick We have a safe visiting space
Connectivity for resident testing, monitoring & communications

Infection control and the safety of both residents and staff often requires quarantine measures and the isolation of care home residents. To test, monitor and allow residents to communicate with relatives, the prevalence of room-level connectivity within the home is becoming increasingly relevant.

Wireless Internet access (WiFi)

The Care Organisation has not indicated availability

Mobile Phone Network Coverage (mobile “signal”)

The Care Organisation has not indicated availability

Telephone for external calling

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Minimum Age
65

Our Building and Facilities

Friars Mead is a purpose-built residential care home for 27 people in the older age category.  It is provided by the Abbeyfield Hertfordshire Residential Care Society, a charitable organisation.  Friars Mead is a home for the frail elderly who would like assistance with their daily living.


Is Our Home Purpose Built
Yes

How Many Floors We Have
2

Who Owns Our Building
Private

Communal Rooms
Activities Room, Dining Rooms, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Assisted Bathroom, Chiropodist, Dentist, GP, Hairdressers, Lift, Minibus, Optician, Stairlift.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Greenhouse, Private Garden(s), Scenic Views, Seating, Secure Garden, Vegetable Plot, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Individual Heating Controls.

Brochures
Friars Mead Care Home Kings Langley Brochure 2021.pdf

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Description

Friars Mead has has 25 single bedrooms with en-suite facilities and 1 double bedroom also with en-suite.


About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 27
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 26

Type Of Room
Double Room, Single Room.

Room Features
Furnished, Garden View, Step Free Access.

Room Facilities
Alarm, Catch up TV, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Sky/Cable TV, Telephone Point, Wifi.

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Description

We are proud to boast that we have we have six staff members who have spent over 20 years at Friars Mead.

The care home staff play a vital role in promoting resident wellbeing. To this end, we will undertake to:

Employ staff in sufficient numbers and with a relevant mix of skills to meet residents’ needs.

Provide, at all times, an appropriate number of staff with qualifications in health and social care.

Observe recruitment policies and practices which both respect equal opportunities and protect residents’ safety and welfare.

Supervise and monitor the performance of all staff and volunteers to ensure they have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to deliver a high quality, care-centric service.

Offer a range of training and development opportunities to maximise the potential of each employee.

Train staff in first aid, enabling them to deal with an initial emergency before external support services are called to assess further treatment requirements.

Train senior staff in diagnostic care and awareness.

The Management ensure that all Staff receive appropriate training to recognised standards as recommended and regulated by The Commission for Social Care Inspection.


Our Team
Julie Hutchins
Julie Hutchins
Manager

I started in Day Care in 1989 as a Care Assistant for Bedfordshire County Council. After some training in Dementia I became interested in the subject and thus moved into specialist Dementia Home Care. For 23 years I continued to work for Bedfordshire County Council in various roles and also gaining NVQ in Business & Computer Studies. For the past 10 years I have been Registered Manager of Dementia Care homes now have a NVQ Level 4 in Management & a Foundation Degree in Care Management. Having managed homes from 18 to 72 beds and commissioned / established a 29 bedded home, I have certainly had a vast and fulfilling experience within the care industry. Whatever the type or size of home I am passionate about the residents having the best care possible and to help them continue to have a full and enjoyable life.

I am excited to be at Friars Mead - a small friendly home with a great supportive team of staff. Together we are aiming to achieve an Outstanding rating! 

Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £1,029.00

Funding Types
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Region East
We Accept Self-Funding Clients Yes
We Accept Local Authority Funding Yes
We Accept NHS Continuing Healthcare Yes
We Accept Third Party Top-Ups Yes

The Importance Of Meal Times

Meals are nutritious and freshly prepared, special dietary needs can also be catered for. There is always a choice of three dishes at every meal chosen by the residents the day before. Just like in a family home the meals are served in the dining room which is a lovely time for residents and staff to socialise.

In between meals, drinks and snacks are provided. A kitchenette is also located on both floors in which residents can use for themselves or their guests during normal times.


We Serve Food At
All day snacks, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

Dietary Options
Diabetic, Pureed, Vegetarian.

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Activities Are So Important

Mental wellbeing and personal expression are the key to a person’s happiness, so as well as treating medical conditions and providing physical care we work equally on keeping residents active and mentally challenged.

We recognise and respect that residents will have differing lifestyle preferences and that the need for social and leisure activities will vary from one person to another. Some residents will have an active social life while others will want a level of privacy and independence from others. We will seek to respond to these unique differences and we will ensure that each resident has the opportunity to pursue hobbies and leisure interests, and participate in social activities as they wish. 

A morning and afternoon activity takes place daily with the timetable delivered to all residents at the beginning of the week. Regular sessions range from arts & crafts, quizzes, singalongs, reminiscence, trolley shop, exercises, flower arranging, bowls, gardening. Driven by the needs and interests of our residents we continually work with individuals providing time and resources to suit their current requests and interests. Regular discussions on personal challenges and experiences take place and shape our timetable.

All staff, including two dedicated activities co-ordinators play a part in keeping residents happy and entertained.  We are committed to the involvement of family, friends and the external community where this is important to the resident.


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Timetables
example weekly activity sheet.pdf

Activities At Home
1 to 1 Activities, Bingo, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Cooking, Crafts, Crosswords, Dancing, Excursions, Exercise Class, Flower Arranging, Gardening, Knitting / Embroidery, Music Entertainment, Music Therapy, Painting, Quiz Games, Religious Services, Reminiscence, Singing, Themed Events, Word Games.

Activities Outside Our Home
Garden Centre, Local Tourist Attractions, Park, Pub, Shopping.
Our Pets

Unfortunately, we do not allow pets 


Can You Bring Your Pet
No

Rockliffe Avenue
Kings Langley
Hertfordshire
WD4 8DR

Regulator: CQC

Current Ratings
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Requires Improvement
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Inspection Reports
Last inspected 8th January 2020
Last rated 13th February 2020
Reports

13th February 2020

9th January 2019

17th May 2016

4th July 2014

30th May 2013

6th November 2012

5th December 2011

Registration Date 23rd November 2010
Service Provider Abbeyfield Hertfordshire Residential Care Society Limited, WD4 8DR
Transport
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park, Train Station nearby.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church.

Nearby Services
Garden Centre, Hospital, Park, Pub, Restaurant, Shops.
Our Awards
Finalists for The Great British Care Awards Finalists for The Great British Care Awards

Frequently asked questions about Friars Mead

Friars Mead was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in February 2020.
Friars Mead provides Respite and Residential care.
Friars Mead has 27 rooms.
Prices for Friars Mead start from £1,029.00 per week.
Friars Mead comes under Hertfordshire.
Friars Mead accepts Local Authority clients.
Friars Mead accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Julie Hutchins is the manager of Friars Mead.

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