Michele Peacock is Acting General Manager at Lochduhar Care Home.
I qualified as a registered mental healthcare nurse in 1989 in Ipswich, Suffolk. Michele’s spouse was in the Royal Air Force, and he was posted to West Germany, where they lived for 4 years. During her time in West German, Michele worked for SSAFA (Soldier, Sailor & Airmen and Families Association), supporting families when their husbands were posted further afield.
On her return to Dumfries in 1994, Michele began working at Lochduhar as a bank nurse and then moved to work as contracted nurse specialising in dementia care at another care home before being promoted to Deputy Manager, and eventually moving to Lochduhar in 2018.
Lochduhar Care Home provides first-class 24-hour nursing care for elderly people, including expert care for those living with dementia in our Memory Lane Community. Alongside this, we offer services for people with physical disabilities and mental health issues, in a safe and secure setting.
Our mission statement notes that, ‘by putting quality first in everything we do for residents, relatives and staff, we aspire to be the most respected and successful provider’. In addition, our skilled and experienced team are dedicated to fostering an atmosphere of care and support, which enables and encourages residents to live as full, interesting and independent a lifestyle as possible.
Lochduhar is ideally situated on the outskirts of Dumfries. It is in close proximity to local amenities, with a regular bus service to and from the town centre, and is also only a short drive to the Solway Coast.
We are proud of the care we offer and would be delighted to show you around our home.
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Our care is as unique as the residents who live here. Our person-centred approach allows us to really get to know the people we care for and understand what’s right for them. We encourage loved ones to get involved and give feedback so that we can provide the best services possible. There’s also a whole host of features and facilities available to those living with us that really help to make this place feel like a home away from home.
On-site Access to kitchen facilities Conservatory Day trips Flexible mealtimes Internet access/wifi Laundry Landscaped gardens Relatives meal with residents Sensory garden Special dietery requirements TV lounge Vegetable plot
Accessibility Disabled bathroom Disabled WC/facilities Disabled parking Disability awareness/equality training Lift Lifting and handling equipment Step-free access Wheelchair access within home Mini bus or other transport
Extra services Hair dressing salon Newspapers/magazines
How Many Floors We Have
Who Owns Our Building
Dining Rooms, TV Lounges, Sitting Rooms, Conservatory.
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.
The care we provide is delivered in a way that promotes independence for those who live in our home. Where possible, it is important that residents are encouraged to perform daily tasks independently or with minor support. Our services are devised with individualised treatment in mind for each person, so getting to know everyone and understanding their needs is imperative to delivering bespoke, person-centred care.
Cheryl is responsible for maintaining all administration and accounts within the home.
I have worked at Lochduhar for over 15 years, firstly as a Care Assistant on our Memory Lane Community, which I enjoyed for 6 years. I took on the role of Activities Coordinator in 2006 and thoroughly enjoy this position.
Hi, my name is Heather Johnstone, and I have worked at Lochduhar since 2000. Lochduhar is not only my work place, but it’s also like a second home to me, as it is a warm and friendly environment. We are all here for the residents and it makes my day to see them smiling and having fun.
Maricel has worked at Lochduhar since 2004 and was originally employed as a Nurse. Maricel was promoted to a Senior Nurse in 2016 and now oversees our ground floor unit.
Evelyn has worked at Lochduhar since 2007, originally as an Assistant Cook before being promoted to Head Chef in 2011. Prior to working at Lochduhar, she worked for the NHS catering department.
Out PAT dog, Jacko, visits the home every other Wednesday with his owner, Aileen. Jacko visits residents at Lochduhar, who are really fond of dogs. Jacko loves being made a fuss of and even enjoys going to the rooms of the less mobile residents.
The Importance Of Meal Times
Food and Nutrition at our home
At the heart of our meals are fresh, seasonal ingredients that are bursting with flavour. Our food is cooked to the highest standard and we take great care to cater to the dietary requirements of everyone living here at the home. Residents may even discover a new favourite food or enjoy an old favourite prepared in a new and exciting way. We actively encourage loved ones to attend our mealtimes so that they can get a taste of what we offer.
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'.
Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.