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ABOUT ALVERSTOKE HOUSE

Over these 24 years, Alverstoke House has integrated into the local community providing care for many local Residents and a lot of our current residents are through referral. We have built up an excellent reputation in the local area.

Background

Alverstoke House Care Home with Nursing

The two original buildings in which the business is based were built on the National Children's Home site off Clayhall Road in 1980. More information about the National Children's Home at Alverstoke can be found at www.gosport.info.

When Abbey Homes bought the National Children's Home site soon after for development into housing it was decided the two buildings were too recently built to be knocked down so the Council looked for somebody to buy the buildings who wanted to run a business which would benefit the local area and to local services.

Mrs Janet Hudson R.G.N, R.M. bought the buildings converting them for use as a nursing home. Alverstoke House Nursing Home opened in 1985 originally as two buildings one offering residential care the other nursing care.

In the last 24 years the two buildings were joined together and extended to create one purpose built caring home, originally for the children and now for the elderly.

Over these 24 years, Alverstoke House has integrated into the local community providing care for many local Residents and a lot of our current residents are through referral. We have built up an excellent reputation in the local area.

For the last five years we have been giving Clinical Placement to Army Healthcare Assistants from The Royal Hospital Haslar, we also provide work experience for students from St. Vincent college who wish to take up a career in care.

Location

Alverstoke House Care Home with Nursing within Alverstoke village

Alverstoke House is 200 metres from Alverstoke Village (www.ukvillages.co.uk, www.hometownphotos.co.uk)

The village is very quiet and picturesque with a post office, antique shop, newsagent, hardware shop, tea shop, fish and chip shop, pub and hairdressers

We are also 500 metres from Stokes Bay which has a sailing club and two beach side café's. Stokes Bay has views of the Isle of Wight, including Ryde, Fishbourne and Osbourne House. It has nice walks in a nature reserve which is ideal for residents and their friends and family. There is also windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and swimming. Overlooking Stokes Bay is the Alverbank Hotel which does afternoon tea, and has a nice garden with views over the Isle of Wight.

Alverstoke House is one mile from Gosport High Street, which has all the usual high street facilities, and the Gosport Ferry which crosses Portsmouth Harbour into the mainline train station. From here trains go to London Waterloo, Southampton, Chichester, Fareham, Winchester and Bournemouth. It is also a short walk to the Gun Wharf Shopping Centre and Cinema, the Isle of Wight car ferry and hovercraft.

We have nearby the Submarine Museum, Haslar Naval Hospital and the explosion museum.

We are situated about 20 minutes drive from M27 junction 11 down the A32 southbound.


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The Owners

Alverstoke House Care Home with Nursing

The owners are Mrs Janet Hudson R.G.N, R.M. and her son Mr Andrew Hudson.

Mrs Janet Hudson opened Alverstoke House Nursing Home in 1985 and as an RGN wanted to use her nursing experience to run a successful and caring business. In 1988 she recruited the Matron Sister Rose Cook, and ran the business successfully together.

In 2003 Mrs Hudson wished to reduce her hours and her son Mr Andrew Hudson who was working in Finance in London moved to Gosport to assist in the day to day running of the home.

Mr Hudson is now in charge of the day to day management of the home and is in charge of activities, having been on age concern courses, and regularly provides piano recitals to the residents.

Mrs Janet Hudson and Mr Andrew Hudson believe in a person centred and holistic approach to caring for the elderly, and that investment in the facilities and staff at Alverstoke House is the key to attracting residents and their families to the home.

Alverstoke House Staff and Caring Team

Alverstoke House Care Home with Nursing staff
Matron

The Matron is Siobhan Collins who trained as a Nurse in Ireland and qualified in 1987, where she worked as a Nurse until 1992 when she and her family (two young children and her husband) moved to the UK. Her first position was at Alverstoke House as a Night Sister and she worked in this positioin until 1995 when she left to join the National Health Service.

During this time, the majority of her NHS work was in elderly medicine which has provided her with an excellent grounding for her current role as Matron. She returned to Alverstoke House in 2008 and was promoted to Matron in May 2010.

Siobhan's philosophy of care for the home is grounded in a belief that all who work at Alverstoke House care for clients as individuals, giving the care and respect that one would want for one's own mother.

Other Members of the Nursing / Caring Team

Sister Julie Ward is our Deputy Matron and has been at Alvestoke House for 22 years. She is our manual handling trainer, also in charge of courses on infectious diseases, food hygiene standards, Mental Capacity Act, Palliative Care, Tissue Viability, Continence Care and assesses new residents to ensure that Alverstoke House can match their assessed needs.

Our other training nurse is Sister Sue Peach who has been at Alverstoke House for 18 Years. Sue is in charge of the night staff and has done courses in Patient Assessment and Documentation, Palliative Care in Nursing Homes, Challenging Behaviour, Aetiology and Physiology of Wound repair, implications of Parkinson's disease, Elderly Abuse and Challenges influencing the care of the elderly.

Mandy Swallow is our Senior Care Assistant. She is in charge of training the Care Staff and is an NVQ Assessor. Mandy has cared for the residents at Alverstoke for 19 years.

Currently we have 9 RGN's and 27 care staff.

We have a chef Mrs Flora Boyland who has worked at Alverstoke House for 10 Years, and two kitchen assistants.

We also have a property manager Mr Andrew Gordon.

Alverstoke wins the highest possible care rating

Alverstoke House was awarded the highest possible rating of a three star excellent service in its inspection by the Care Quality Commission in February 2009.