Both properties are converted Edwardian houses and share a site with spacious gardens in a pleasant residential area of West Bridgford. There is easy access to shops and bus services. The care home was founded in 1966 and both houses are owned and managed by a small charitable housing association sponsored by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Society of Friends (Quakers), although it is not necessary to be a Quaker for residency.
Westdale Home for the Elderly is a trading name for Westdale Quaker Housing Association Ltd.
The management committee meets regularly to decide on all matters of finance and policy, such as charges to residents, remuneration of staff, property maintenance and development and social facilities.
The Head of Home, Linda Orchard, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the home and reports to the management committee on all matters relating to the home and residents.
Members of the committee visit the home on a regular basis.
The Head of Home is able to consult with officers of the committee at any time.
Residents are welcome to make suggestions about matters relating to the home and regular residents meetings are held.
The staff are a dedicated team, many of whom have achieved long service awards at the home, giving stability and coherence for the residents.
Staff training is very important and all of the care staff have at least and NVQ 2 and are either training towards, or have got, NVQ 3 , 4 or 5, with additional ongoing training in Basic Food Hygiene, Moving and Handling, Appointed Persons First Aid, Fire training, Infection control.
Specific training is carried out as the need arises, including dementia care, diabetes and medication management.