Ivybank House Care Home

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Ivybank House
Ivybank Park
Bath
Somerset
BA2 5NF

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Profile Strength
Excellent 90%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Weekly Prices From £950.00
Regulator's Rating Good
Meet The Manager

Marta Szemborska is Home Manager at Ivybank House Care Home.

Marta Szemborska

A real home has as much personality as the people who live there. That’s why we’ve made Ivybank House a place you’d be proud of and happy to live in – just as you would your own home.

Set amongst the beautiful grounds and with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, Ivybank House Care Home is a warm and inviting residence located in the hills above the city of Bath. There is so much going on here, from reading groups to a weekly visit from local nursery children. We also take local community trips to the theatre, Longleat, the Zoo and have our own mini-bus for excursions and shopping trips.

The house is situated in an affluent residential area and has fabulous views of Bath city centre in the distance. There are some nice pubs nearby and a park not too far away. With the city centre on our doorstep, Ivybank House Care Home is in an excellent location.

The house was a former Edwardian residence and is tastefully converted to include an extension with a more modern wing.

On the ground floor there is a lounge and dining room with a patio area. On the first floor there’s a hairdressing salon, another lounge and a conservatory, meaning peace and quiet are never far away.

We offer brighterkind care – a person-centred approach that is delivered through quality care, recreation and activities, and food and dining.


Ivybank House
Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Personal care.
Disability Support Physically Frail, Walking Frame.
Medication By Mouth.
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 Contact Tracing We have measures in place to identify and trace contact between people in our care setting.
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 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

The Care Organisation has not indicated availability

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Minimum Age
65

Our Building and Facilities

A real home has as much personality as the people who live there. That’s why we’ve made Ivybank House a place you’d be proud and happy to live in – just as you would your own home. Set amongst beautiful grounds and with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, Ivybank House is a warm and inviting residence located in the hills above the city of Bath.

On the ground floor there is a lounge and dining room with a patio area. On the first floor is our hairdressing salon, lounge and conservatory. All furnishings and decor throughout the home are of an exceptionally high standard. We also have beautiful gardens that surround the house for our residents and visitors to enjoy, and a large koi pond with a water feature. With a choice of patios and a decking area, it’s perfect for outdoor socialising. 

OUR FACILITIES

  • All single rooms
  • Majority en-suite rooms
  • Some walk-in wet rooms
  • Assisted bathrooms and
  • shower rooms
  • Assisted toilets
  • Lounges and
  • dining room
  • Dedicated quiet lounge
  • Flat-screen TVs in
  • lounge rooms
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Computer and
  • tablet facilities
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Lifts
  • Conservatory
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Allotment
  • Pond
  • Summer house
  • Patios

Is Our Home Purpose Built
No

How Many Floors We Have
2

Who Owns Our Building
Private

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

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

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Pond or Lake, Seating, Summer House, Vegetable Plot.

Brochures
Ivybank-House-Brochure.pdf

Our Photos

Description

We have 40 bedrooms set across two floors with several suites and we can accommodate husband and wife couples. We’ve got a real mix of rooms from smaller non en-suites and medium-sized rooms with two-piece en-suites to large suites with wet room facilities. We think carefully about the type of room each resident needs. Some of our rooms offer patio doors onto our gardens. Room with a view? Many of our rooms have great views over the Bath valley or over our gardens.

All our rooms are furnished to the highest specifications with your comfort in mind. Your bedroom furniture consists of: an appropriate bed suitable to your needs, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside chest, a desk, a television, easy chair and a visitor’s chair. All our bedrooms have been recently decorated in our refurbishment programme.

We understand that moving into Ivybank House will be a considerable transition, but one we try to make feel as easy as possible. Your room is your own personal space, which is why we encourage you to personalise your room if you like, by hanging your favourite pictures or bringing small pieces of furniture.


About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 43
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 35

Type Of Room
Double Room, Single Room.

Room Features
Furnished, Garden View.

Room Facilities
Freeview TV, Internet Access, Telephone Point.

Our Photos
Description

We’re a diverse Group, from different backgrounds and with different roles, but we all have something fundamental in common – every single one of us is passionate about care. A positive team culture makes a real difference to the quality of care provided to individuals living in our home. Residents can be confident that they will see familiar faces every day as many of our team celebrate well over 5 years service with us. We are proud that many of our team are celebrating well over 5 years service at Ivybank Care Home. Our senior care team have been with us since 2014 and are supported by our Head Chef (over 13yrs long service), our administrator and receptionist started with us in 2008 and 2005 respectively, one of our activities ladies started working at Ivybank in 2007 and one of our night carers has been with us since 2009.

From our Home Manager, Olivia Butler, Deputy Manager and the care team to our chefs and receptionists, we are always on hand to help, but with enough empathy to know when to leave you be. We're people who don’t have favourites, and who are always busy creating the little moments of kindness that make a real difference to life here.

As well as our team of carers, district nurses visit the home daily and GPs weekly, and are on call to provide services, should they be needed at any time.

Care Homes no longer work on 'staff ratios'. brighterkind homes take pride in providing a higher level of personalised care for all our residents and have in place a suitably qualified, competent and skilled team to meet people’s care and treatment needs. Your Home Manager will discuss the level of care you require before you move in.

When you arrive at Ivybank House, we will work with you to develop a personalised care plan that will include everything from your hobbies, exercise, and dietary preferences, to any health issues you might have. It will determine the level and type of care you receive. This can vary from minimal residential care to full support.

We aim not to use any agency staff. Our team members are passionate and caring and the majority have been with us for well over 5 years with some celebrating 10yrs or more service at the home. Team members take on specialist training, for example some specialise in end of life / palliative care.

Ivybank has lots going on. We are rightly proud of our activities programme which takes into account the residents we are currently caring for, their interests and wishes. The programme involves lots of variety from gardening to music, theatre to shopping trips. We even have a cat called Ivy at the home.

We provide a safe and homely place to live. Whether you are frail, at risk of falls or need a little rest and relaxation after an operation such as a hip or knee replacement, Ivybank might be just the place for you. We have a lively, chatty community where you can make friends and continue enjoying life or regain your joie de vivre!

Don’t worry, if your needs or preferences change, we’ll change your care plan too.


Our Team
Marta Szemborska
Marta Szemborska
Home Manager
Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £950.00

Funding Types
Local Authority Bath and North East Somerset
Region South West
We Accept Local Authority Funding Yes
We Accept NHS Continuing Healthcare Yes

The Importance Of Meal Times

At Ivybank House, we love our food. We firmly believe that when you eat well, you live well too. This is a core part of our brighterkind philosophy of care, centring on good nutrition and the importance of mealtimes as a social occasion.

Each day our chef prepares restaurant-style meals combining variety with a balanced diet and an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Our residents get involved in helping to plan our menus, too. And we can cater to any dietary or health requirements, however complex.

There is a large dining room on the ground floor – it’s a space that always becomes a hub of conversation and laughter, and which gives all our residents a chance to come together and socialise. Whether it’s tea and cakes in the garden or a special menu to celebrate an event like the World Cup, we encourage our residents to make the most of living in an active and friendly environment. We also go out for a pub lunch each week, which is always very popular.

Of course, when, where and who you eat with is entirely up to you. Friends and family can join you as often as you’d like (at a small charge), and our extras menu gives you the option to order snacks at any time of the day.


We Serve Food At
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

Dietary Options
Diabetic, Pureed, Vegan, Vegetarian.

Our Photos

Menu
brighterkindsamplemenu.pdf
Activities Are So Important

A willingness to get involved and try new things is something we see time and again, once people are given the opportunity. We have two recreation and activities staff who coordinate everything, but all our staff regularly brainstorm new ideas, too. And our residents vote on their suggestions at our regular activity meetings, so we can be sure everyone’s looking forward to something, every day.

Activities vary each week: from bingo and a pub lunch every week to arts and crafts, cheese and wine evenings and entertainment by local musicians. And everything’s flexible. If it’s sunny we try and get outside, so everyone can appreciate the best of the day.

Technology has opened up the world for us here; keeping our residents connected and stimulated. From meeting a great-grandchild for the first time on Skype, to a live virtual tour of an art exhibition in Copenhagen, we make sure everyone gets exactly what they want from it – and it’s something we plan on using more and more.

We’ve built excellent links to the community, allowing residents to continue their lives outside the home with ease. We have our own transport and regularly take trips to the local shops and cafes, garden centres and local churches.

Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents:


Our Photos

Timetables
Activity timetable.PNG

Activities At Home
Animal Petting, Bingo, Birthday Celebrations, Crafts, Excursions, Music Entertainment, Painting, Pet Therapy, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment.

Activities Outside Our Home
Local Tourist Attractions, Pub, Theatre.
Our Pets

Will I be able to bring my pet?

This completely depends on the type of animal. We may be able to accommodate smaller animals, so will have a chat with you about it first to see if it’s possible.


Can You Bring Your Pet
Yes

Ivybank House
Ivybank Park
Bath
Somerset
BA2 5NF

Regulator: CQC

Category Rating
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Read More https://api.cqc.org.uk/public/v1/reports/3a7dfe19-a653-408d-b1ac-5f4237f7ef3c
Report Published 17th October 2019
Registration Date 26th November 2010
Transport
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park, Train Station nearby.

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

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

Frequently asked questions about Ivybank House Care Home

Ivybank House Care Home was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in October 2019.
Ivybank House Care Home provides Respite and Residential care.
Ivybank House Care Home has 43 rooms.
Prices for Ivybank House Care Home start from £950.00 per week.
Ivybank House Care Home is owned by brighterkind.
Yes. Ivybank House Care Home does offer Residential care.
Yes. Ivybank House Care Home does offer Respite care.
No. Ivybank House Care Home does not provide care for people with Dementia.
Ivybank House Care Home comes under Bath and North East Somerset.
Ivybank House Care Home accepts Local Authority clients.
Ivybank House Care Home accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Marta Szemborska is the manager of Ivybank House Care Home.

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