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The Old Rectory
Church Lane, Graveley
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 7LU

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Profile Strength
Excellent 91%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Dementia | Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Weekly Prices From £1,000.00
Regulator's Rating Good
Meet The Manager

Melanie Kensley is Care Home Manager at Halcyon Days.

Melanie is passionate about providing residents and their families with the highest standards of person-centered care to ensure Halcyon Days feels like a home from home. Melanie strives to achieve excellence, endorsing motivational leadership and positive change to enhance the lives of residents in our care by bringing them joy, happiness and fulfilment.

Halcyon Days offers first class care for residents over 65 in picturesque village surroundings. Each one of our residents enjoys unique, personalised care, built around them and designed to make their stay with us as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. Visit the home and you’ll find a huge range of facilities on offer, including hairdressing facilities, chiropody, dental/eye care as well as a host of social activities to keep our residents busy. Of course, the best way to see the superb care and wonderful facilities we offer is to visit for yourself, meet our care team and see why we believe that Halcyon Days is uniquely placed to deliver graceful, caring living.


Halcyon Days Care Home Video Tour
Meet our Activities Coordinator
Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Convalescence, End of Life, Mental Healthcare, Palliative, Personal care, Support for Couples.
Disability Support Bed Bound, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Requires Hoist , Speech Impairment, Visual Impairment, Walking Frame, Wheel Chair Bound.
Medication By Mouth.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Behaviour Agitation / Restlessness, Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mild Forgetfulness, Wandering .
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's, Mixed Dementias, Vascular Dementia.
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.

What we're doing to keep residents & visitors safe

Gold Care Homes remains committed to ensuring all of our residents, loved ones, and hardworking members of staff are protected against the COVID-19 pandemic. All Gold Care Homes’ homes completed their second round of vaccinations. Our care homes have now begun the process of offering the booster vaccine to all residents.

The legislation makes vaccination mandatory for anyone who works in a care home, whatever their role. All care home residents will now be required to nominate up to 3 visitors who can enter the care home for regular visits. Visits must still be pre-booked, and visitors must test negative for COVID-19 at the start of the visit.

Infection Control Initiatives in place
safe-tick Independent Assessments We have been independently assessed in our approach to infection control.
safe-tick Infection Control Training Our staff are trained to use measures which prevent and control infections.
safe-tick Infection Screening We are using technology to screen for infections & monitor symptoms.
safe-tick Regulatory Assessment We have been assessed by the care regulator in our approach to infection control.
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

Visiting area with glass screen to separate visitors and residents safely

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)

Our care home has WiFi in some of our residents’ rooms.

Mobile Phone Network Coverage (mobile “signal”)

Yes, our care home has mobile phone signal in all our resident’s rooms.

Telephone for external calling

No, our care home does not provide a telephone in residents’ rooms.

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Minimum Age
65

LGBTQ Welcome
Yes
Contract
Resident Agreement (Updated April 2019).doc
Our Building and Facilities

The wonderful facilities in our Hertfordhsire homes make a world of difference to our residents. Whether it’s chatting in the cafe, pottering around the garden or enjoying the peace and quiet of the lounge,there really is a favourite place for everyone. Rooms vary in style and facilities across our Hertfordshire homes,but the majority offer en-suite facilities, views of our landscaped gardens, TV and Telephone points, single or double sized rooms, welcome toiletries upon arrival, modern bedroom furniture.


Is Our Home Purpose Built
No

How Many Floors We Have
4

Who Owns Our Building
Private

Communal Rooms
Coffee Shop / Café, Dining Rooms, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Beauty Salon, Chiropractor, Day Centre, Dentist, Hairdressers, Lift, Optician, Stairlift.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Reduce Plastic Use.

Brochures
Hertfordshire_BROCHURE_Final_311018.pdf

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Description

Rooms vary in style and facilities across our home, but the majority offer en-suite facilities, views of our landscaped gardens, TV and telephone points, single or double sized rooms, welcome toiletries upon arrival, modern bedroom furniture.


About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 57

Type Of Room
Double Room, Single Room.

Room Features
Furnished, Garden View, Unfurnished.

Room Facilities
Alarm, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Telephone Point.

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Description

We take as much care of our staff as we do of our residents. Delivering excellent care is key at Gold Care Homes. It motivates the way we invest, train and measure staff wellbeing. This ensures our entire workforce is fully engaged and is driving towards our corporate goals.

We are active in pursuing a fully dedicated workforce and monitor the feedback of our staff through an annual Health and Happiness survey. After all, a happy workforce provides a happy service! We use a range of corporate initiatives to support staff engagement levels including: involving our staff when developing individual care home strategies, investment in training and development, identifying future stars in the business as well as regular social events. We recently launched our very own Dragons Dens style ideas forum, where staff, residents and their families can present their ideas to promote efficiency and improve the experience of our residents.

To us, each and every resident is an individual. Each has his or her own life story. Each has their own likes and dislikes. Each has their own way of living. All of our residents enjoy their own care plan, tailored specifically for them. This allows us to build their care around their preferences, lifestyles and routines. It’s all part of our philosophy to see the person for who they are, not masked by age or condition. Everything we do is driven by this genuinely caring, person-centred approach.


Our Team
Melanie Kensley
Melanie Kensley
Care Home Manager

Melanie is passionate about providing residents and their families with the highest standards of person-centered care to ensure Halcyon Days feels like a home from home. Melanie strives to achieve excellence, endorsing motivational leadership and positive change to enhance the lives of residents in our care by bringing them joy, happiness and fulfilment.

Andrew Mason
Andrew Mason
Activity Co-ordinator
Brenda Corrigan
Brenda Corrigan
Carer/Acting Senior
Claire O'Neill
Claire O'Neill
Home Administrator
Julie Steppings
Julie Steppings
Carer/Acting Senior
Lisa McDonald
Lisa McDonald
Senior Care Assistant
Lucy Twigg
Lucy Twigg
Senior Care Assistant
Nadia Montague
Nadia Montague
Carer/Acting Senior
Nicola Hughes
Nicola Hughes
Deputy Manager
Tina-Lynn Birch-Bryant
Tina-Lynn Birch-Bryant
Senior Care Assistant
Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £1,000.00

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 Local Authority funding with a Third Party Top-Up Yes

Choice Dining Logo

Choice Dining is a food-focused accreditation designed to give care-seekers like yourself the ability to consider and compare the dining experience within different care settings.

To be awarded the Choice Dining badge, a care home will have committed to delivering exceptional dining experiences with a strong focus on preference, individuality, hygiene and the environment. You can explore the specifics of all participating homes in the tab below to learn more about the food on offer, how it is served and presented and what they’re doing to cater for your personal taste. For more information about Choice Dining please click here.

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Activities Are So Important

Our Activities Co-ordinators play a fundamental part in delivering our mission of enhancing the lives of our residents by creating a fun and hugely varied program for everyone to participate. A great source of fun and laughter, our range of activities really help each resident live their life to the full. Here at Gold Care Homes, we believe independent activity, hobbies and day to day chores boast self confidence. By taking the time to understand each residents capabilities, we’re able to build a personalized activity plan.

Our aim is to create a programme that encourages as much interaction and enjoyment as possible. As you’d expect, most activities are indoors. However, when the weather permits, we make the most of our lovely outdoor patio areas and landscaped gardens. When our residents are feeling a little adventurous, we also plan nationwide trips to popular landmarks! A list of our activities can been seen in the brochure as well as in the reception of each home.


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Timetables
Example week for resident.PNG

Activities At Home
1 to 1 Activities, Animal Petting, Bingo, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Cooking, Crafts, Dancing, Excursions, Exercise Class, Gardening, Music Entertainment, Painting, Pet Therapy, Quiz Games, Singing, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment, Yoga.

Activities Outside Our Home
Local Tourist Attractions, Shopping, Theatre.
Can You Bring Your Pet
Yes

How We Help With Your Pet
Feeding, Sanitation, Walking.

We Welcome
Birds, Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Reptiles.

Our Pet Policy
No 122 - Pets Within The Home.pdf

The Old Rectory
Church Lane, Graveley
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 7LU

Regulator: CQC

Current Ratings
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Requires Improvement
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Inspection Reports
Last inspected 11th February 2022
Last rated 14th August 2018
Reports

4th March 2022

14th August 2018

1st September 2017

Registration Date 8th May 2017
Service Provider GCH (Hertfordshire) Ltd, UB10 0JH
Transport
Bus Stop nearby.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church.

Nearby Services
Hospital, Park, Pub, Restaurant, Shops.

Frequently asked questions about Halcyon Days

Halcyon Days was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in August 2018.
Halcyon Days provides Dementia, Respite and Residential care.
Halcyon Days has 57 rooms.
Prices for Halcyon Days start from £1,000.00 per week.
Halcyon Days is owned by Gold Care Homes.
Yes. Halcyon Days does offer Residential care.
Yes. Halcyon Days does offer Respite care.
Yes. Halcyon Days does provide care for people with Dementia.
Halcyon Days comes under Hertfordshire.
Halcyon Days accepts Local Authority clients.
Halcyon Days accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Melanie Kensley is the manager of Halcyon Days.

Profile Last Updated: 08 Aug 2022 | Report this Profile

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