Hundens Park

Hundens Lane
County Durham


Tel: 01325 366000

Care Provider: Barchester Healthcare Homes Limited

Care Type Care Home
Care Category Nursing, Dementia, Respite.
Availability Call for details
Overall CQC Rating Good
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Meet The Manager

Sara Jackson is General Manager at Hundens Park.

I have worked within Hundens for over 5 years as a Nurse, Clinical Lead and Deputy Manager. My role is to ensure the safe running of the home and to make sure that each resident receives high quality, person-centred care that is bespoke to them.

My favourite thing about working at Hundens Park is the residents; they never fail to make me smile every day.

My door is always open, so please feel free to call in and have a chat.

Sara Jackson

Hundens Park Care Home provides 24-hour nursing care for older people, people with sensory impairments and people with physical disabilities. We provide end of life care and respite care, including post-operative respite care. The nursing home also houses the Darnton Suite, which supports and cares for people living with dementia and those who may display distress reactions.

Personalised care plans are tailored to each resident and regularly reviewed to accommodate changing needs, with the individual and family involved wherever possible. Care plans ensure that a consistent level of care is provided and needs are met, as well as working to encourage independence, support life skills and enable freedom of choice.

Our qualified and dedicated team includes 24-hour nursing cover, managers and care staff specially trained in dementia care, and activities coordinators. Our team work in conjunction with local GPs, community health services and other medical support to cater to the needs of each person.

We’re situated on Hundens Lane on the site of a former bowling green and park in Darlington. We welcome visitors at any time, so why not call in for a cup of tea and find out more about our care and what we can offer?

Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Personal care.
Disability Support Bed Bound, Wheel Chair Bound, Walking Frame, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Requires Hoist .
Medication By Mouth, Injection, Suppository.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's.
Respite Care Yes
Minimum Age

Our Building and Facilities

Choosing the right care home for your loved one can be a difficult decision, especially if you’re unsure of what type of care they require. Here at Hundens Park, we can offer a number of unique care options, including general nursing care, palliative care and support for complex dementia. Residents also have access to a number of different home features and facilities, such as exercise classes, landscaped gardens and a TV lounge, as well as electric profiling beds, a nurse call system and supplementary services like a hair dressing salon. We have a team of professionals who can offer guidance and answer any questions that you may have about our care and facilities. A list of services and facilities can be found below.

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Dining Rooms, TV Lounges, Sitting Rooms, Conservatory.

What Else Do We Provide
GP, Hairdressers, Minibus, Assisted Bathroom, Lift.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Sensory Garden.

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  • Electric profiling bed
  • En-suite toilet
  • En-suite toilet plus bath/shower
  • Furnished rooms and own furniture welcomed
  • Nurse call system
  • Room with garden views
  • Secure access to building
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostatic radiators

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 46

Type Of Room
Single Room.

Room Features
Furnished, Unfurnished, Step Free Access, Garden View.

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

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We provide person-centred nursing care services for older people in need of support or for individuals living with a complex dementia. It is important to us that our care services are delivered in a way that celebrates each person’s individuality and helps them to maintain as much independence as possible, so we tailor our services to meet the unique individual needs of each person. This could include personal one-to-one time with staff members when needed, regular visits from a chiropodist or just adhering to special dietary requirements. Our current high rating on shows just how pleased residents and loved ones are with our care services.

Our Carers
Ana Trifasi
Ana Trifasi
Clinical Lead for Nursing

Hi, my name is Ana and I am responsible for ensuring that the care delivered on the Nursing unit is of the highest standard.  I have been part of the team at Hundens Park for over 7 years and I am an RGN.  The best part of my job is spending time with the residents and making them smile. 

Deborah Peacock
Deborah Peacock
Activities Coordinator

My name is Deborah Peacock and I am the Activities Coordinator at Hundens Park. I am responsible for arranging meaningful activities for all of our residents based upon their likes and interests. My favourite part of my job is sharing fun times with our residents and their families together with staff and visitors. I thoroughly enjoy finding out about the resident’s hobbies/interests so we can share the good times together. Outside of work I have many past times including photography, walking, gardening, travel and wildlife.

Janet Thistlethwaite
Janet Thistlethwaite
Home Administrator

My Name is Janet and I am the Administrator at Hundens Park. I am responsible for all finance and business related administration tasks including payroll and invoicing. I started with Hundens Park in March, having previously worked for the NHS and really enjoy my role and working with the team.  I love seeing the residents and hearing their stories. 

Alan Wears
Alan Wears
Head of Maintenance

My name is Alan and I have been the Maintenance Manager at Hundens Park for many years.  I am responsible for maintaining the building and surrounding areas and managing any maintenance issues as they arise.  I like chatting to the residents as I work.  Outside of work I teach Karate and like to holiday in the sun.

Claire Bott
Claire Bott
Admin Assistant

My name is Claire and I am the administrative assistant at Hundens Park.  I work on reception and am often the first person visitors meet when they come in to Hundens Park.  I have worked with Hundens Park for over 5 years and really enjoy what I do.  Outside of work I share my husband’s passion for collecting and listening to vinyl records.  

Lisa Rawlinson
Lisa Rawlinson
Head of Housekeeping

My name is Lisa and I am Head of Housekeeping at Hundens Park.  I am responsible for ensuring that the home is clean, tidy and inviting and that resident’s personal bedrooms are well looked after.   I love spending time chatting with the residents while I am cleaning their rooms, they make me laugh so much.  Outside of work I like to spend time with my family and friends. 

The Importance Of Meal Times

Food and Nutrition at Hundens Park

Ensuring that each person we care for meets their nutritional and dietary requirements is a big responsibility, which is why our catering team comprises experienced chefs who can deliver a fantastic array of both delicious and nourishing food. Our chefs take into account residents' likes, dislikes and dietary requirements to create a menu that appeals to everyone. We also offer light snacks throughout the day and night to those people who just can’t get enough of our food! For a taste of what we offer, please see the example below.

Dietary requirements

For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that is it a soft, palatable dish. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality and Chef Academy organises theory and practical workshops. Working in partnership with Nutricia, our practical workshops involve all chefs and deputy managers learning about dysphagia and producing these modified menus. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare fork mashable and thick puree meals to the correct consistency, taste and presentation. The deputy managers can then ensure all modified menus served are presented correctly for our residents.

Attracting top chefs

Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager for the home. Selection also involves a practical element where potential cooks are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and our annual Chef competition sees our chefs battle it out in regional heats and then at a national final for the accolade of 'Barchester's Chef of the Year'.

We Serve Food At
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Dietary Options
Vegetarian, Vegan, Pureed, Diabetic.

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Activities Are So Important

Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from entertainers and musicians. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can

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Activities At Home
Music, Singing, Gardening, Pet Therapy, Crafts, Board Games, Exercise Class, Excursions, Animal Petting, Dancing, Card Games, Themed Events, Birthday Celebrations, Visiting Entertainment.

Activities Outside Our Home
Local Tourist Attractions, Shopping.

Hundens Lane
County Durham

Category Rating
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Requires Improvement
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
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Report Published 9th December 2017
Registration Date 15th February 2011
Bus Stop nearby.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Methodist Church.

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

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