May McCondichie is General Manager at Archview Lodge Care Home.
My name is May McCondichie, and I am the Senior General Manager at Archview Lodge. Welcome to our website!
I started my career at Archview in 1999 in the role of head of unit, before being promoted to deputy manager, then general manager in 2009.
I love working for Barchester Healthcare, and I am very proud of being able to provide high quality care for the residents living in Archview Lodge, along with a dedicated and caring team of staff, who always strive to make life at our home as happy and as homely as possible.
I started my nurse training at the age of 18 in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. I now live in the Scottish Borders with my husband. I have 3 grown up children.
Archview Lodge is conveniently located in the centre of the historic town of Dalkeith, with easy access to local facilities and public transport. The home is surrounded by woodland with beautiful landscaped gardens, secure and easily accessible for wheelchair users. It is a bright, welcoming purpose-built home providing nursing care for frail older people and for people living with dementia.
Here's how we set out our principles: ‘The aim of the home is to provide the highest possible standard of care. The residents' individuality, dignity, privacy and independence are not compromised because they are elderly, confused or disabled. Our aim is to give residents the best possible quality of life.’
Barchester’s Memory Lane Communities are specialist environments for people living with dementia, carefully designed and regulated, employing specially trained and supervised staff who are dedicated to maximising enjoyment of life for residents through promoting choice and through offering a range of activities designed to maintain independence.
Links with the local community are preserved for all residents. Archview Lodge has a lot to offer people with a wide variety of needs. We welcome enquiries and visitors.
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The well designed, purpose-built home is made up of single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Our unique care options are designed to offer residents an excellent, person-centred experience at our home. Staff are always happy to offer helpful advice if you’re ever unsure of anything and are trained to provide a range of different services to those we support. Our home is equipped with a number of facilities and features that ultimately serve to increase the well-being of everyone living here.
We strive to make life at Barchester care homes as stimulating and fulfilling as possible and are committed to ensuring independence, dignity and choice in every aspect of daily life.
From carers and nurses to activities co-ordinators and chefs, our compassionate staff are all trained to use a person-centred approach and spend time getting to know every individual in order to learn what they like and what is important to them.
Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Deputy Manager here at Archview Lodge.
I have over 30 years nursing experience; I trained and worked in London teaching hospitals before living abroad and then moving back to Scotland to be nearer to family.
I love being a nurse and particularly enjoy looking after older adults, who I feel can offer us new insights into life. I find this area of nursing very rewarding and an it’s privilege to work with the team at Archview.
My name is Karen, and I'm the Ancillary Manager here at Archview. I have worked here for over 20 years. I am married with 3 children and also have a dog called Toby. I like to enjoy myself and live life to the full, and I want to ensure that those we support can too.
James is the Administrator at Archview Lodge, and his responsibilities include managing administrative and financial systems within the home.
James has a good knowledge of the local area, being brought up in Dalkeith, and still lives locally with his family.
James has worked at Archview for over 10 years.
Hi, my name is Kasia and I have been an Admin Assistant at Archview Lodge since 2014. I am originally from Poland, but have lived in Scotland since 2006. I find Scotland such a friendly and welcoming country to live in.
Ground Floor Charge Nurse
I was inspired to become a nurse by my mother, who was also a nurse at Archview Lodge many years ago.
I successfully joined Archview as a Nurse with the support of the staff. I can truly say that I was mentored well by the Senior Nurse and have developed many skills attributed to high quality care. I am now proud to be leading the ground floor unit and I strive to inspire others to become positive leaders who deliver a high standard of care to residents.
First Floor Charge Nurse
Alexis has worked at Archview for many years. She is originally from Guyane in the Caribbean, and now lives locally with her husband and 2 children. Alex was nominated for and won the 'Nurse of the Year' award at the National Care Awards.
Angela has worked for Barchester as a Carer for over 10 years. She graduated a Nurse in 2010 and, since then, she has worked a Nurse at Archview Lodge.
I have worked at Archview since May 2008. I started as a hostess for 3-4 years and also did some caring during that time. I then moved into the kitchen to become the 3rd chef and worked my way up to Head Chef! I love my job and love the satisfaction of preparing delicious, home-cooked meals using seasonal produce.
Patsy Munro is the Lead Carer her at Archview Lodge.
In 2016, she was named as a Dvisional Winner for Memory Lane Champion in the Barchester Care Awards.
I have been at Archview Lodge since May 2018. I have been in the property maintenance industry for over 25 years. My role here is to ensure that the property and grounds are maintained to a high standard. An equally important part of my role is the very good relationship I have with the residents, relatives and the staff.
The Importance Of Meal Times
It is essential that the people we support have access to healthy food at all times, so our fantastic catering team are always on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious cuisine. Our food is always cooked to highest standard and with residents’ preferences always in mind.
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.
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.