Eleanor Wilson is General Manager at Drummond Grange Care Home.
Hi, my name is Eleanor, and I am the General Manager here at Drummond Grange. Welcome to our website!
I came to Drummond Grange on a temporary basis at the beginning of 2014 and found the welcome I received from residents and colleagues overwhelming, and as such was delighted to be offered the opportunity to join the team on a permanent basis.
In 2016, I won a Resident Engagement Award at the 18th National Care Awards because of the proven positive effect I have had on residents and staff whilst working at Drummond Grange.
At Drummond Grange we provide support to younger adults with physical disabilities, including spinal injury. We also support and care for people with long-term illnesses such as Huntington's disease and multiple sclerosis. The care we provide varies from life support ventilation, physiotherapy and enteral feeding to physical and psychological assistance with daily routines or pastimes.
In addition, on separate units we provide first class 24-hour care for older people with varying nursing or residential support needs. We also have a dedicated Memory Lane Community, where our team is specifically trained to provide the highest standard of care for people living with dementia.
We are located in Lasswade, a picturesque village on the edge of the river North Esk, but we are only six miles from Edinburgh for those looking for city life and leisure opportunities.
We would be delighted to discuss your specific needs and wishes in person and are confident that we can meet your needs, both now and in the future.
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At Drummond Grange, we care for a range of individuals. We have specialist dedicated units for young people under the age of 65 years who suffer from a range of physical disabilities. This may include Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or acquired brain injuries. We also have a dedicated frail elderly nursing unit where residents with a range of physical conditions associated with older age are cared for. Last but not least, we have a unit dedicated to the care of people living with dementia.
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 Alina and I am the Deputy Manager here at Drummond Grange. Welcome to our website!
I graduated in 2003 and began working as an RGN. I lived in Romania until 2006, which is when I came in to the UK, and then started working in South Shields in a residential care home as a senior care assistant, until I registered with NMC. I moved to Edinburgh in 2008 and took up a nurse position at Drummond Grange, and have spent my time here working my way up to Deputy Manager.
At present, I am working on my NVQ Level 5 in Management & Leadership. I feel very passionate about the home and everyone we support, and I consider Drummond Grange to be my second home.
I am very approachable, honest and open to any positive ideas when it comes to improving the quality of our services.
Non-Clinical Service Manager
Mary is the Non-Clinical Service Manager here at Drummond Grange,
In 2016, she was named as a Divisional Winner for Home Administration Champion in the Barchester Care Awards.
Nettie joined Drummond Grange in 2003 and currently heads a team of nurses, carers and support staff to provide services to younger adults.
Hector Novoa Mendez
Unit Manager - Buccleuch
Hi, my name is Hector, and I am a Unit Manager here at Drummond Grange.
Unit Manager - Pentland
Gail head a team of of dedicated nurses and carers on our Pentland unit. She returned to work at Drummond Grange in 2019 after working at one of our sister homes for a while.
I am the Home Administrator at Drummond Grange, along with my team we ensure the smooth running of administration and financial systems within the home. I have been at Drummond for over two years.
My hobbies are D.I.Y, watching football, rugby and chatting to our residents about the latest goings on in Eastenders!
Anne & Jodie
Anne started in 1999 and Jodie started in 2007. They ensure that we know each resident's preferences so that we can deliver a person-centred programme of events and activities within the home.
Hi, my name is Anamaria, and I am a Charge Nurse here at Drummond Grange.
Hi, my name is Laarni, and I am a Charge Nurse here at Drummond Grange.
My name is Ahmet Akkur and I am from Turkey. I have been In Scotland since 2005 and have been working at Drummond Grange since l started my career as a Kitchen Assistant, eventually joining the Chef Academy, where l worked with the most experienced chefs and hospitality specialists in the business. I was promoted to Head Chef at Drummond Grange in 2010, and was named Chef of the Year at the 2015 Barchester Care Awards. As Head Chef, l have many responsibilities, which primarily includes providing tasty and nutritious food to the people we care for. All meals are cooked from fresh, seasonal produce; we set our standards high and always cook to meet the needs and desires of residents.
Head of Maintenance
I began working at Drummond Grange as a Maintenance Assistant in 2008. I became Head of Maintenance in 2016. My main responsibility is to keep our home and grounds in good working order and to a high standard. As a painter I am often seen around our home with a paint brush in hand keeping our décor up to a high standard. I am always willing to help families and residents personalise their rooms in any way I can.
Hi, my name is Sandra, and I am the Head Housekeeper here at Drummond Grange.
Rory Campbell is our Music Therapist and comes in on a Wednesday & Friday.
Rory has a number of residents that enjoy one to one therapy with him. Playing the guitar, keyboard, drums and various other instruments. He also has a one hour session where residents come along to relax to the music.
Having had many years' experience within both the private and public health sectors, Gerard, our Physiotherapist, has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. He retains a close working relationship with the NHS Wheelchair Service, Orthopaedics and the Spasticity Management Service.
Gerard runs regular Keep-Fit & Relaxation Classes, together with garden walks with Rocky, our pet therapy dog. Postural management and one-to-one sessions are held within our large, dedicated gym.
Hi, my name is Gordon, and I am one of Drummond Grange's Resident Ambassadors.
The Importance Of Meal Times
We are extremely lucky here at Drummond Grange to have the 2015 Barchester Chef of the Year. Ahmet is renowned for his passion and ability to produce beautiful food. You will find the daily menu offers you a varied choice of nutritional and delicious food. Our residents likes and dislikes are always accommodated with a range of light meals and snacks available throughout the day. Sweet treats and healthy fruit are also available throughout the day. A variety of refreshments such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and juice are all freely available. For a taste of what we offer, please see the example menus below.
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.
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.