Meet the Orchard House Care Home team

Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:

Kim Fleming

General Manager

Hi, my name is Kim, and I am the General Manager here at Orchard House. Welcome to our website!

I grew up in Scotland and tried many university courses and careers before I settled into nursing at a later stage in life. I worked in hospitality, managed pubs, tried primary teaching and studied English and politics at university. I’ve travelled the world, but eventually decided I needed a career that I could give something back with.

I trained to be a mental health nurse and graduated in 2008, along with two children in tow. My career in Scotland involved working with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, and I worked my way up the ladder quickly to management. I specialised in positive behaviour support, and loved making a difference to people’s lives.

My family and I made the decision to move to the Isle of Wight in 2017, and that is when I joined Barchester as a peripatetic nurse initially, before being offer the position of deputy manager in 2018 at the Orchards. I love my work here, we have an amazing team and residents, and there are so many opportunities to really care and look after people who deserve that in their later years.

Christina Frost

Hello, I like to be called Tina and the Deputy Manager here at Orchard House. I joined the team two years ago and delighted to be promoted to my new post in January 2021. I qualified 6 years ago, hold a degree in nutrition with experience supporting clinical trials, I love to stretch myself with new learning which will improve the health and welfare of our residents. Moving here from Dorset its a beautiful place to live and work. 

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Claire Daffern

Hello, my name is Claire Daffern and I am Head Chef here at Orchard House. I have been a chef for 30 years now starting aged 15 making quiches for a friend’s pub in Derby. I then went to college and gained my first Head Chef position at just 19! In 2007 my family and I decided to buy a guest house here on the lovely Isle of Wight and successfully ran the business until 2017 when we decided to sell now our family has flown the nest.

I returned to the career I love in particular the visual side of presenting food for residents as we all eat with our eyes, organising the team and managing a kitchen which provides delicious and nutritious food for everyone at Orchard House.

We have a comments book in the dining room for residents and guests, we welcome feedback and I do like to see special requests for a favourite meals or desserts from our residents

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Rebecca Collins

Hello, my name is Rebecca Collins, I have worked for Barchester for many years working 13 years at Vecta House and the last two at Orchard House having moved to the island in 1998.  I commenced nursing at the age of 18 in Oxford.  Once qualified I worked abroad for 5 years. 

On my return I worked predominantly on orthopaedic and general surgical wards in London. I worked at Warwick Hospital for 10 years on urology, orthopaedic and day surgery units.  I studied numerous courses, the latest being a BA with honours in Sociology major, and health and social policy minor at Warwick University and also qualified as an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist.

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Chris Brien

Hello, my name is Chris Brien, I'm a qualified nurse and I am the Memory Lane Unit Manager. 

Becky Williams

Administrator

I joined Orchard House in August 2019. I am responsible for all finances and administration for the home. I really enjoy spending time with our residents and I love my job role; every day is different.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and our lovely little dog.

Debbie Webb

Activities Coordinator

Hi, I’m Debbie the activities Co-Ordinator at Orchard House. I have worked here since June 2020 and absolutely love my role. 

I was a Primary School Teacher for over 20 years and many of my skills have been transferrable to enable me to carry out my role.  My main aim is to enrich the lives of our residents and to make them laugh and smile and every day. I also teach belly dance and write children’s books.  I am a mother of 4 and a crazy cat lady.

 

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Helen Abbs

Admin Assistant

I joined Orchard House in November 2019. This has been a new venture for me, having spent most of my career within childcare and education settings.

I work on reception and support the administration processes within the home. I really enjoy working at Orchard House and love my new role and the opportunities this gives me for being with the residents and their families.

Everyday, I find something new to learn and look forward to continue to develop my knowledge and skills further.

In my spare time I love to keep fit and enjoy walking, running and swimming. I enjoy dance and have taken part in several local carnivals on the Island within a samba dance group.

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Helen Sutton

Hello I'm Helen and a Care Practitioner here at Orchard House 

Sharon Lawton

Hello, i'm Sharon and a senior care assistant here at Orchard House 

Teina Barrett

Hello, my name is Teina Barrett and I am a member of the hospitality team here at Orchard House 

Carol King

Hospitality Service Manager

Hi, I’m Carol King, I am the Hospitality Service Manager at the Orchard House. I have worked here since 2006 and enjoy running the housekeeping and laundry team. I also support the chefs and the kitchen team. I enjoy all the hustle and bustle which comes daily at the Orchard. My hobbies are walking, cooking and a read of a good book.

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Keeley Heald

Activity Assistant

Hello, my name is Keeley and I have recently joined the activities team here at Orchard House so getting to know the residents, what they enjoy and putting together new activities they might like to try, I live locally and love island life 

Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events

Activities

Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01983 623 219

All other calls

01983 520 022

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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