The original building was a ‘gentleman’s residence’ constructed in 1902, which subsequently became a school, before opening as a residential home in 1957. The home has extensive gardens overlooking Knowle Park and there are two summer houses in the grounds.
Accommodation is on two floors with lounges on each level. There are two passenger lifts and stair lifts for easy access by residents. A major extension was opened in 2002 and further investment of nearly £1 million was made in 2018/19. This has significantly improved internal access and provided additional rooms which has been of immense benefit during the Covid pandemic.
Job’s Close provides 35 single rooms. Many have been refurbished and most have en-suite showers. There are also Parker baths on each floor for those that need assisted bathing.
On the ground floor there is a large dining room with an adjacent activities room. There is a conservatory next to the dining room, and two further large lounges with televisions. Through the building here are small quiet lounges on both floors and a large sitting room on the first floor. There is WiFi throughout the home and additional computing facilities have been provided to enable residents to communicate with their families using video conferencing.
There are two summer houses in the grounds which are used to facilitate visiting while the Covid pandemic continues. As of April 2021 the home is entirely free of the virus and there have not been any deaths. Currently staff are tested for the virus on a weekly basis and residents monthly. Visiting policy (within national rules) is agreed with residents and their families.
We provide an appetising and healthy diet, using fresh produce and alternatives are always available on request. Special diets are catered for. Each room has a telephone point and TV socket for residents personal use.
A hairdressing salon is situated on the first floor, and (under normal circumstances) a number of hairdressers visit on a weekly basis.
The home employs an Activities Co-ordinator to help stimulate any interests the residents have in art or craft work, competitions of various forms, and outings to the theatre or shopping trips.