Aileen Alberts is General Manager at Fordmill Care Home.
I have previously worked in hospitals in Gloucester and Epping, specialising in neurology and breast cancer. On return from the Middle East in 1995, I commenced my career within the care sector. I moved back to Scotland in 2000 to purchase my own care home which I managed with my mother. When my family came along I decided to sell the home and came to work part time at Fordmill in 2004.
My aim in the home is to ensure residents are happy with the care being provided by the team, and I work closely with the staff to ensure the highest standards are achieved.
We're located in a quiet residential area of Montrose, a small seaside town between Aberdeen and Dundee. Our purpose-built home is set in extensive grounds and is within walking distance of the town centre and the beach. We provide services to frail older people, young physically disabled adults and to people living with dementia, in well-designed accommodation with personalised bedrooms.
Personalised care planning using a range of health assessment tools is key to Fordmill’s approach, with a named nurse and carer system in place to take individual responsibility for planning and review, often based on life history work with the resident and relatives. This is linked to an extensive programme of planned activities.
The best way to find out about our services is to visit us for yourself, we will be more than happy to assist you.
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All the services and facilities on offer are designed to enhance residents’ lives within the home. The care we provide is all about looking after their health and understanding what makes them happy. Please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have about the services we offer.
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.
Head of Unit
My name is Derek and I have been at Fordmill since 2014 and have worked as the Head of Unit since 2015. I have worked in both the NHS and in the private sector, having held positions as a Home Manager and Deputy Manager for different care providers. Barchester is the best company I have worked for and I am very happy in my post here at Fordmill.
Head of Unit
My name is Marifel and I have worked at Fordmill for about 9 years. I started as a staff nurse in June 2006 and was then promoted to Charge Nurse. It is hard work and you are kept busy but I enjoy it very much.
Hello, my name is Kathleen Fraser and I have in my post as Home Administrator for 20 years. When I sent in my application I was informed that this was a very rewarding and challenging position. Both of these statements are true but perhaps the most rewarding is when a resident comes into the home on a permanent basis and in no time at all they inform us that this is their home. What greater compliment can Barchester receive!
My name is Jane and I have worked at Fordmill for a number of years. I started as Head Housekeeper then after about 6 years I went on to be a NVQ level 2 carer. Then a year ago the admin assistant post became available and I was given the opportunity to 'give it a go' and I'm glad I did. I have learned so much and I really enjoy it.
I’m Julia and I have been working at Fordmill since December 2016. I really enjoy art and studied Graphic Design & Illustration in Dundee. I love being with people and using my skills to improve their quality of life and bring a smile to their faces through crafts, games and all sorts of other activities.
I plan out the activities, either for groups or individuals, according to specific needs and interests. It’s a real joy to get to know residents and their loved ones and I’m grateful to Barchester for giving me the opportunity to work with them and bring some sunshine into the residents’ lives.
My name is Annabel and I have worked at Fordmill for over 25 years, firstly as Head Chef, which is a position that I held for 17 years. I then accepted a care role, but continued to work as the Second Chef for two days of the week.
Head of Maintenance
My name is Christine Massie and I have worked at Fordmill for 12 years. I started as Head Housekeeper and after 8 years I moved to maintenance. Although I am responsible for all maintenance throughout the home it is the 'small jobs' I do for our residents that bring the biggest rewards.
My name is Ann Wilson and I started work at Fordmill 9 yers ago as a domestic assistant, and I also worked in the kitchen.
Through experience and training, I am now Head Housekeeper and enjoy my work as I have a good team working with me.
Jess & Skye
Jess and Skye come to work every day with the General Manager, Aileen. They hang out in her office and are available for room visits. They are often wandering around in reception, especially at tea time!
Please look out for them as you approach the front door, as they are often seen with their front paws up on the windowsill, watching visitors coming and going.
The Importance Of Meal Times
Our menus are composed of only the best fresh produce and cooked to the highest quality, with aims for the natural aroma and taste to be retained as best as possible. A great deal of care is taken to accommodate all dietary requirements, and our meals are always prepared with the likes and dislikes of residents taken into consideration.
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.