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Autumn Gardens
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Autumn Gardens is a purpose built nursing and residential care home located in Southgate. We have 85 light and airy rooms with en-suite facilities. Opened in 2007 by the Archbishop and First Lady of Cyprus, Autumn Gardens was originally a residential care home but with the opening of the new nursing unit, is a nursing home as well.

In our residential unit, we provide personal care for those who find it increasingly difficult to cope at home with the activities of daily living without assistance, such as washing, dressing, eating and mobility.

Similar to the residential unit, the nursing team creates detailed person centred care plan, tailoring our care to suit the resident’s needs. This focussed approach means our residents are respected as individuals and always treated with dignity.

 
 
 
Meet the Team
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Chris Argyrou is the Registered Manager

Hello, my name is Chris Argyrou and I am the Registered Manager at Autumn Gardens. I have been working in older people's care since 1993.

I first joined Anastasia Lodge as the Registered Manager in 2008 and moved to become the Registered Manager at Autumn Gardens in 2012.

When I started nursing, I worked in many different areas both in Cyprus and the UK but I found my calling when I joined my first nursing home. It is a real pleasure caring for older people.

They are so inspirational and have such determination and drive. I also take pride in helping my team to develop and progress in their careers.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and in particular watching my grandson play football, especially when he scores!


Martina De Vizia is the Residential Manager

Hello, my name is Martina De Vizia and I am the Residential Manager at Autumn Gardens.

I have been working at Autumn Gardens since 2009. I immediately fell in love with the environment and residents and I became determined to build a career in a Health and Social Care.

I soon became Senior Care Assistant and then worked my way up to Head Carer, Deputy Manager and later Quality Assurance Manager.

As the Residential Manager, I am proud to take part in ensuring that care quality at Autumn Gardens is up to our very high standard.

As a Manual Handling Trainer, Dementia, SOVA and MCA and DOLS trainer, I take pride in helping my team to develop their skills and increase their confidence in performing their daily duties.

Outside of work, I dedicate all my time to my family, especially my baby daughter who is the apple of my eye.


Davison Chimenya is the Operations Manager

Hello, my name is Davison Chimenya and I am the Operations Manager at Anastasia Lodge and Autumn Gardens. I joined the team in 2016 but have been working with the home for a number of years before this through my roles in the Care Homes Assessment and Treatment Team and the District Nurse Service for Enfield.

I have a strong clinical and operational experience background in general health and management of chronic illnesses and delivering patient-centred care in both primary and secondary care settings.

I also have a proven track record of delivering quality care and managing CQC compliance. I have vast management experience from the NHS and key business skills gained from various engagements with the private sector. My key attributes are performance management, delivering people-centred care and service development. 

I have a passion in elderly care and team development. As well as my day-to-day work, I enjoy planning for how we can develop the homes and make them an even better place for older people to live.  Outside work I enjoy events management, watching football and travelling. 


Claudia Ngoie is one of the Deputy Managers

Hello, my name is Claudia Ngoie and I am one of the Deputy Managers at Autumn Gardens.

I have worked at Autumn Gardens for three years. I started as a Care Assistant and later became a Senior Care Assistant. In 2015, I was delighted to be promoted to become a Deputy Manager. I thoroughly enjoy my work and I have become attached to the home and my job.

I knew when I began working in care, that it would be a very challenging job. I have embraced every challenge and learn something new every day. Working with the elderly is very close to my heart. I care about the service that each resident receives and ensure that all the staff at Autumn Gardens provide care of the highest and best quality.

I, as an individual, am a very honest and straight forward person and I pay attention to detail. I am very work orientated and I am determined to grow within Autumn Gardens.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family.


Bibish Nguela is one of our Deputy Managers

Hello, my name is Bibish Nguela and I am one of the Deputy Managers at Autumn Gardens.

From a young age I have always been intrigued with helping people. My mother was a nurse and this was key in my own career choice. Her humanitarian gesture inspired me to empathise with others. I joined Autumn Gardens as a Care Assistant and I was soon promoted to be a Senior Care Assistant. I was later promoted to become a Deputy Manager.

Being able to help people has made my experience at Autumn Gardens delightful. I am very grateful to be working with people with such loving personalities and in such a friendly environment.

Working in Autumn Gardens has enabled me to extend my knowledge. I feel devoted to the home and am very passionate about my work here. Many of our residents face great difficulties and I feel humbled that I am able to help them each day.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching television and relaxing with my family.


Paulina Wasilewska is our Head Housekeeper

Hello, my name is Paulina Wasilewska and I am the Head Housekeeper at Autumn Gardens. I joined Autumn Gardens as one of the Domestic team in 2012.

I thoroughly enjoy working in this environment, as I am not only able to clean but can also interact with our residents on a daily basis. I enjoy spending time with our residents talking to them about their past experiences.

I enjoy this so much that I also trained to become a Care Assistant and worked some time in this role. In 2015, I was offered the position of Head Housekeeper and I jumped at the chance of this challenge. It has been a very invigorating role and I thrive in the knowledge that our residents are comfortable in their environment as a result of the hard work of myself and my Domestic team.

I don’t have any family in the UK unfortunately. The management and team at Autumn Gardens have been so supportive over the years, that they now feel like my family. I also feel a very strong bond with our residents in our home.

In my spare time, I like to watch films and go out for meals with my friends. I also like cleaning my own home.


The Nurse Team

Some of our Nurse Team

We have an enthusiastic, competent and compassionate qualified nursing team. Our Nurses can be identified by their blue tunics. The training programme our nurses undertake includes tissue viability and wound care, tracheostomy and colostomy care, total parental nutrition, catherisation and venepuncture, as well as the training carried out by the care team.


The Care Team

Some of our Care Team

We have a dedicated, highly trained, caring and considerate care team. Our Care Assistants can be identified by their purple tunics and our Senior Care Assistants, who run the shifts, can be identified by their white tunics. The intensive training programme our staff undertake includes:

  • NVQ and QCF Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Health & Social Care
  • Skills for Care Common Induction Standards
  • CIEH Level 2 in Hygiene in Health & Social Care (Infection Control)
  • CIEH Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace
  • HSE Emergency First Aid at Work or HSE First Aid at Work
  • Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • NCC Level 2 in Healthy Eating & Food Hygiene
  • NCFE Level 2 in Equality & Diversity
  • QCF Level 3 in the Principles of End of Life Care
  • QCF Safe handling of Medication
  • Fire Marshalling
 
  • Blood Glucose Management
  • Moving and Handling
  • Dementia
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Blood Pressure Management
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Falls Prevention

The Activities Team

Some of our Activities Team

Our Activities team arranges our daily activities schedule, outings, special events and religious activities.

Our Activities team have the same training as our Care Team, including a focus on developing activities for people with dementia. By having all the training of the care team, we ensure that our Activities team fully understands the needs of our residents.

Our day to day activities include reminiscence, memories through visual aids, orientation, prayers, chair and ball exercises, hula hoop, bingo, baking, gardening in the raised vegetable patch, flower arranging, group singing, dancing, knitting and crochet, drawing and colouring, religious scriptures and religious and political discussions.

Our days out have included carvery lunches at Whitewebbs and walks in the countryside, Golden Oldies at Ashmole School where the children perform and our residents dine, a tour of Forty Hall and the grounds and tea and cake in the Courtyard Café.

We also hold an annual barbecue inviting all residents, their families and friends, and celebrate many events with live music, dancing and delicious food, such as Cyprus Carnival Day and St Patrick’s Day.


The Domestic Team

Some of our Domestic Team

Our Domestic team ensure that the buildings are kept clean and that our residents’ clothes are laundered. Our Domestic team have the same training as our care team (including infection control and health and safety), so we can ensure that they have a thorough understanding of our residents’ needs as they work through the building. Our Domestic team can be identified by their green tunics. Our Head Housekeeper, Paulina Wasilewska, can be identified by her dark green tunic.


The Chefs

Some of our Chefs

Our chefs specialise in the preparation of British and Greek meals. All our chefs have the same training as our care team (including the food and hygiene qualifications), so we can ensure that they have a complete understanding of the needs of our residents as they prepare their meals.


The Accounts Department

Maria Papaphotis is the Accounts Manager and Haris Michaelides is our Accounts Assistant.

Maria and Haris manage all the finances relating to the funding of placements at the home.

 


The Maintenance Department

Some of our Maintenance Team

Our Maintenance team deal with all the maintenance needs of the home to ensure that the home runs smoothly.

 
 
 
Facilities  
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Autumn Gardens is a purpose built care home located in Southgate.

Our Rooms

We have 85 light and airy rooms, all with en-suite facilities, and the majority with en-suite wet rooms. Each bedroom has good quality furniture, including a bed (profile bed where appropriate), wardrobes, chest of drawers, arm chair and easy chair. Every bedroom also has the ability to have a telephone line and access to satellite television (including Greek satellite television).

Our Garden

We take pride in our beautiful garden, with its protected walkway for our residents to take a stroll in the summer. We also have a raised vegetable patch for our residents to enjoy growing vegetables.

Our Lounges

Autumn Gardens has five lounges to cater for the residents’ different needs.

Our Equipment

Autumn Gardens has been built with adaptations to meet the needs of our residents such as specially adapted baths, specially adapted showers and wet rooms, a nurse call system, lifts and wheelchair accessibility. We also have specialist equipment in accordance with the needs of our residents, such as wheelchairs, walking frames, hoists, sliding sheets and floor and bed sensors.

 
 
 
Care Services  
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Residential Care

In our residential unit, we provide personal care by our care team for those who find it increasingly difficult to cope at home with the activities of daily living without assistance, such as washing, dressing, eating and mobility. We place a high priority on each resident’s individuality, so for each resident, we create a detailed person-centred care plan tailoring our care to suit the resident’s needs.

We arrange any support our residents require from GPs, nurses, chiropodists, dentists, opticians, other health and social care professionals and the hairdresser. Our person-centred approach means our residents are respected as an individual and treated with dignity.

Nursing Care

In our nursing unit, we provide nursing care by our Registered Nurses for individuals with a condition that requires frequent specialised nursing care. The nurses work alongside the care team who provide assistance with the activities of daily living, such as washing, dressing, eating and mobility.

In a similar way as the residential unit, the nursing team creates a detailed person-centred care plan tailoring our care to suit the resident’s needs. We arrange any support our residents require from GPs, chiropodists, dentists, opticians, other health and social care professionals and the hairdresser. Our person-centred approach means our residents are respected as an individual and treated with dignity.

Dementia Care

Dementia is a broad term describing a range of symptoms when the brain is affected by specific conditions. The symptoms differ from person to person and may include loss of memory, confusion, problems with speech and understanding, seeing things that are not there and mood changes, becoming easily anxious, withdrawn or frustrated.

We care for residents with differing forms of dementia and at different stages of the conditions. Our approach to dementia care is to focus on the individual, rather than the diagnosis of dementia. By considering each resident’s life story, we build a picture of our resident’s preferences, needs, likes and dislikes, so we can create a detailed person-centred care plan tailoring our care to suit the particular resident.

Our focus is to assist each resident to build on their strengths and abilities, whilst supporting them with the areas that become increasingly difficult, so they can maintain their identity and dignity through the progression of the condition. Depending on the particular needs of our residents, an individual may be cared for in the residential unit or the nursing unit, receiving the support they need.

Short Stay or Respite Care

Where possible, we offer short stays or respite care for individuals who wish to stay for a short period. Individuals come to us for respite care for a range of reasons. These include: to enable a carer to take a break, so they can relax in the knowledge that their loved one is safe and cared for; to enable an individual’s home to be redecorated; as an emergency where the individual’s normal package of care has broken down, perhaps as a result of a carer becoming ill or the individual developing a short-term illness that cannot be managed in their own home.

There is limited availability for respite care and it is subject to room availability.

End of Life Care and Palliative Care

End of life care and palliative care is the care of residents whose condition no longer responds to treatment. Our aim is to control pain and other physical symptoms to ease suffering, whilst ensuring that the psychological, social and spiritual needs of the individual are considered and met, so that our residents can live out their lives with dignity and respect and in accordance with their wishes. We understand how difficult and emotional this can be and try to give the best quality of life for both our residents and their families.

Day Care

We offer a Day Care Service designed for individuals who simply wish to come to us for the day, enjoy freshly prepared meals and participate in the social events occurring in the home on that day including the scheduled days out, religious and cultural activities and special events.

We offer flexible hours to suit the individual’s and their family’s lifestyle and needs and our Day Care Service is available seven days a week, including weekends, bank holidays and religious festivals.

 
 
 
Lifestyle  
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Taking part in activities adds to the quality of life of our residents. Our Activities Team offers a wide range of activities seven days a week.

Daily Activities

Our day to day activities include reminiscence, memories through visual aids, orientation, prayers, chair and ball exercises, hula hoop, bingo, baking, gardening in the raised vegetable patch, flower arranging, group singing, dancing, knitting and crochet, drawing and colouring, religious scriptures and religious and political discussions.

Days Out

Our days out have included carvery lunches at Whitewebbs and walks in the countryside, Golden Oldies at Ashmole School where the children perform and our residents dine, a tour of Forty Hall and the grounds and tea and cake in the Courtyard Café.

Religious and Cultural Activities

Keeping in touch with one’s religion and culture is a crucial part of many of our residents’ lives. We understand the importance of maintaining our residents’ culture within the home and celebrating religious festivals with family and friends. This common ground allows residents to instantly bond with each other and bond with the home.

Our local Greek Orthodox priest regularly visits our home to bless our residents and give Holy Communion, and carries out a full service in the home once a year. We also arrange visits to the church during Holy Week at Easter. Our local Catholic priest and sister also regularly visit our home to give Holy Communion to our Catholic residents.  We welcome representatives of all faiths.

Special Events

Each year, we hold a barbecue inviting all our residents, their families and friends, and celebrate many events with live music, dancing and delicious food, such as annual Egg tapping (‘tsoungrisma’) on Greek Easter Sunday, St Patrick’s Day and Cyprus Carnival week.

Each month, we hold a birthday party for our residents, celebrating their new year with a tasty Cypriot buffet and Anastasia Ourris’ home-made desserts.

Feel free to take a look at some of our most recent events on our Notice Board.

 
 
 
Dining  
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Our meals and mealtimes are a very important part of our day. They are a time for socialising and a time to eat our freshly cooked, nutritionally balanced and delicious meals. We offer a Cypriot and a British choice for each meal, and offer a variety of snacks throughout the day.

Our experienced chefs understand the nutritional requirements of each of our residents and ensure that each resident’s needs are met.

 
 
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