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Here at The Orders of St John Care Trust our priority is the safety and wellbeing of residents, colleagues and visitors in our services. Following Monday’s advice by the government on the vulnerability of the over 70s we have made the difficult but responsible decision to restrict access to our homes to all but the most essential visitors required to either to protect the health of our residents, or to ensure that buildings remain safe and essential supplies are delivered. For further information, click here.

The Coombs Exterior

The Coombs

The Gorse
Coleford
GL16 8QE
United Kingdom

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A warm welcome to our home

  • Long Term Nursing
  • Nursing Respite
  • Long Term Residential
  • Residential Respite

The Coombs is situated close to Coleford town centre in the beautiful Forest of Dean. Whether you wish to unwind in the large lounge in the main house, or in one of the smaller lodge sitting rooms, there is a varied selection of activities and social events from which to choose.

The Coombs Bedroom

The Grade II-listed building is surrounded by large, well maintained gardens for residents to relax or socialise with friends and family. The home has a friendly and welcoming feeling running throughout with close ties to the local community. 

The Coombs Back Garden

Services & Facilities

Our friendly, professionally trained team are on hand around the clock to support our residents, ensuring they spend their day how they wish and enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling and independent lifestyle.

The attentive care team focus on the individual needs of the residents, with a tailored care plan for each person. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for our residents by creating lovely, comfortable, homely surroundings and by providing care, activities and other services designed around each resident’s needs and wishes.

 

Meet the team

The talented chef and kitchen team prepare tasty, home-cooked meals on site daily from our own kitchens. We source quality produce for our excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. All-day dining is available for lighter meals and snacks and all dishes are carefully balanced to get the best nutritional value and cater for individual dietary requirements and preferences.

OSJCT Menu

Seasonal produce is chosen whenever possible and of course, relatives and friends are always welcome to join us. The menus change daily and the kettle is always on. Our chef bakes every day so there is always a fresh cake for residents, friends and family to enjoy.

Residents are also encouraged to help prepare their own food and to make snacks whenever they choose.

Download sample food menu

Whether it’s wet or dry outside, we at OSJCT feel that activities are essential in providing the best caring environment to live in.

Hobbies don’t simply stop when living with us at The Coombs. We have a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who works closely with our residents to create a programme of fulfilling activities and events, tailored around each resident’s requests, hobbies and interests. The programme of events and activities provide a source of fun and laughter, to help each resident live their life to the full and make new friendships.

We are also fortunate to have the support of many volunteers of all ages from the local community, strengthening our links to this thriving market town. Here is a sample of activities on offer:

  • Trips to garden centres, cafés, pubs, sporting events, National Trust parks, wildlife parks, aquariums and museums.
  • Visit from Pets as Therapy Dogs
  • Exercise and wellness activities, for example Seated Yoga, Zumba
  • Fun activities with ‘Messy Miniatures’, the local toddler group
  • Board game competitions and quizzes
  • Music therapy sessions
  • Gardening
  • Arts and crafts
  • Communal Church services

OSJCT Activities Guide

Download sample activities schedule

With so many well-being activities for body and mind on offer, we also recognise that everyone needs some personal space for relaxation and mindfulness for personal reflection. The cosy lounges offer an opportunity for some quiet time or to host family and friends.

And that’s not all:

We’ve had silent discos, hoe downs, Chinese banquets, Oscar parties and so much more.

Many of the activities feature Reminiscence Therapy to aid those living with Dementia to remember events, people and places using sight, touch, taste, smell and sound.

We are well established within the local community, so there's never a dull moment. We run regular activities for all to join in:

  • Coffee mornings
  • Care Home Open Day
  • Summer and Autumn fetes
  • Christmas parties

View our full events calendar to see more upcoming events taking place at The Coombs.

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The Key Facts document has information regarding this care home which can be used in comparison with other care homes or can be printed and taken on your visit

Meet the team

Home Manager

Natalie joined The Coombs as the Home Manager just in time for Christmas in December 2019. Having worked in care since the age of 18, and in management roles for 9 years with a Level 5 NVQ in Leadership and Management, Natalie decided to apply for the role after relocating to the area from Birmingham.

“As Home Manager at The Coombs, it is my job to ensure our residents are safe and happy in this homely environment. I also have a responsibility for the staff to make sure they have all the support they need in their roles.”

The Coombs are well know in the community for their high standards of care and for the warm, friendly and homely atmosphere running throughout the home. This has come as no surprise to Natalie, who is also a qualified mental health nurse.

“The Coombs is without doubt the best care home I have ever worked in. We have a phenomenal team of staff here. At previous homes I have worked in, the home manager role has required a lot of trouble shooting. This is not needed at all at The Coombs.”

As part of her role at The Coombs, Natalie makes every effort to spend time with residents and family members by hosting regular meet and greet events with tea/coffee and cake.

“My favourite part of the role is having the opportunity to get to know our residents and hearing the amazing stories they have to tell. One of them even said I looked 20 years younger than I am which is still the ultimate highlight of my time at The Coombs!

Specialist Senior Care Leader

Jackie is our Specialist Senior Care Leader and has over 25 years of experience to contribute in this pivotal role at The Coombs.

“I initially started working at The Coombs back in April 1993. My children were getting older which gave me the time to start working again. I found out about a local job at The Coombs from a family friend and decided to give it a try – 27 years later and I am still here!” 

Jackie has a brilliant knowledge of the care industry and enjoys using her experience to help other members of the care team.

“The best part about working at The Coombs is getting to know our wonderful residents and supporting the rest of the staff team whenever I can.”

It is only natural that things will have considerably changed over Jackie’s time at The Coombs, but she continues to set high standards of herself and the team which has contributed to The Coombs’ consistently high reputation in the local community. This is something Jackie is very proud of.

And the best time of year at The Coombs? Well that’s an easy one for Jackie. “We don’t have a Christmas Day at The Coombs… we have a Christmas month! Christmas at The Coombs is always a rewarding time of year when we bring the staff, our residents and the community together.”

Activities Co-ordinator

Lyn is our Activity Co-ordinator at The Coombs. Her role is centred around providing a range of activities for residents to enjoy. Lyn works closely with her local contacts to ensure our residents remain connected with their local community during their time at The Coombs.

“As an Activity Co-ordinator, it’s my job to make sure our residents are happy with the activities provided. We try to make our activities as varied and diverse as possible – although I would be in trouble if we didn’t have bingo every Friday!”

Before starting her role at The Coombs in June 2019, Lyn ran her own local business in Lydney for 12 years.

“Following a long career in retail, I decided to close my business and try something new. I heard about this role at The Coombs. From the first moment I walked through the door, I fell in love with the warm and friendly atmosphere at The Coombs.”

Lyn has been a great addition to this warm and friendly atmosphere that runs throughout the home, and she particularly enjoys seeing it rub off on our residents.

“The best part of my role is seeing the residents smiling and enjoying the activities I have put in place. One of my hobbies is crafting and sitting down with our residents to do crafting activities brings back lots of fond memories.”

One of Lyn’s other hobbies is dancing, and she is a member of a local dancing group. This is something she is also looking to bring into her role at The Coombs.

“We are blessed with a beautiful garden at The Coombs and in the summer, we aim to make the most of it by getting outside as much as possible. This year we are planning a garden party for our residents and the local community, with a number of local dancing groups looking to attend.”

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Call: 01594 833200

The Gorse
Coleford
GL16 8QE
United Kingdom

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