HMT
  • About Us

    Huntington's disease (which used to be known as Huntington's Chorea) is a hereditary disorder, which means it can be passed down from parents to children through a faulty gene. The disease damages nerve cells in the brain, leading to a gradual deterioration in muscle coordination and cognitive ability. Most people start to show symptoms in middle age, and it tends to be the physical problems they notice first – such as clumsiness or involuntary movements.

    As Huntington's disease progresses, it causes a wide range of physical, mental and emotional changes – from mobility problems to difficulty speaking and swallowing; and from depression and mood swings to dementia.

    Although there is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease, there are many ways to manage the symptoms and help sufferers to maintain their independence and quality of life – such as speech therapy for speech and swallowing problems, and a special diet to maintain body weight and ensure good nutrition.

    HMT Care Ltd, was incepted in November 2002 and was set up by Miss Linda Ironside, a London hospital trained general nurse with 25 years experience of working with people with Huntington’s Disease.

    HMT Care is located in the attractive costal town of Herne Bay. The sea front has a beautiful esplanade which provides for peaceful and pretty walks.   It is designed for all age groups, the facilities ranging from afternoon cream teas overlooking the bandstand, to the traditional penny arcades and cockle stalls.

    Herne Bay is easily accessed from London and the Thanet coast via the M2 and A299 respectively, with the added advantage of a direct rail service to London, the station a short drive away and a local bus service passing close by.  

    Orchard House opened in November 2004 and offers long term specialist residential care across all stages for people with Huntington’s Disease.   The unit has ten long term beds but also offers respite care.   Tuckerway Lodge is a self contained, 3 bedroom, bungalow and is annexed to Orchard House.

    Orchard House is a large Edwardian house with two storeys and is beautifully spacious.  It is reached via a private lane that leads from the main access road to the town centre.   The property is surrounded by garden, laid to lawn with flowering shrubs.  A greenhouse and vegetable patch further complements the back garden.   There is a detached garage with private, off road parking facilities.

    The house has ten, large, single bedrooms all with en-suite toilets and wash hand basins;   four have full en-suite facilities.   The bedrooms are located on both floors with a discreet 2 person passenger lift enabling access to the whole house.   Their size lends itself beautifully to being personalised without becoming “cluttered”.  Each person will be enabled to hold their bedroom key, as well as that to the front door.

    Tuckerway Lodge, the annexe to Orchard House, is a spacious bungalow, situated in the same grounds as Orchard House.   It can be reached, either via a private lane that leads from the main road to the town centre or, through Orchard House gardens. The property is surrounded by lawn with flowering shrubs.  A greenhouse and vegetable patch further complements the back garden.   There is a large, detached garage with private, off road parking facilities.

    The bungalow rooms are configured around a spacious hexagonal shaped entrance hall with three, large, single bedrooms all with wash hand basins, one with an en-suite; their size lends them beautifully to being personalised without becoming “cluttered”.  Each person will be enabled to hold their bedroom key, as well as that to the front door.

    Albany Drive opened in November 2002 and offers long term specialist residential care for seven people, across all stages, for people with Huntington’s Disease

    This property is Victorian and detached and is situation within easy walking distance of local shops and facilities.  Following an extension, it boasts seven, large, single bedrooms, the majority of which are located on the ground floor and have en-suite toilets;   all have wash hand basins.   A typical bedroom is carpeted, has a larger than average bed with wardrobe, chest of drawers and soft seating.   The size of each room lends itself beautifully to being personalised with additional furniture without becoming “cluttered”.   Each person will be enabled to hold their bedroom key, as well as that to the front door.

    HMT Care Ltd is committed to providing quality services for residents, delivered by competent and well trained staff. This is achieved by a professional development programme for staff, the recruitment of staff who share our values and providing resources to ensure effective training takes place.  Training resources include: The Huntingdon’s Disease Association, The Speech & Language Therapist, The Physical Therapist and the HMT Care’s Senior Management Team.

    CEO  - Linda Ironside

    Miss Linda Ironside is a London hospital trained general nurse with 25 years experience of working with people with Huntington ’s Disease.   She is the CEO and registered by the CQC as the Nominated Person.

    Registered Manager -  Rachel Shales

    Financial Director – Paul Glenister

    Mr Paul Glenister has many years working in the City and has a strong financial background. Paul is the Company Finance Director and Health & Safety Officer. 

  • Residential Care

    SERVICES

    The specialist services in place are attributable to the person centred approach of our experienced managers, actively supported by the senior management team of HMT Care. The medical community and support services in the area have proved both efficient and effective within our service delivery and interest has been shown in the provision itself.

    Specialist care is also offered by the Genetics clinic team, based at Guy’s hospital, which visits both homes on an annual basis.

    The company also commissions the services of both a Speech & Language Therapist and a Physical Therapist to work with our residents on an ongoing basis.

    Diet & Nutrition

    Resident’s are actively encouraged to help set the menu with the Manager and staff to ensure their diet is as varied and enjoyable as possible. Information about likes and dislikes, previous life styles, food allergies and relevant medical conditions relating to diet are collated during the pre-admission process.  The use of alcohol as part of a planned menu regime is not discouraged. 

     All meals and drinks available are prepared taking into account the need for a high calorie intake to address the weight loss inherent within the disease. There is no restriction on the number of meals and snacks consumed except on the advice of an external dietician or the General Practitioner.  Up to 4000 calories per day is offered to each resident.

    • Speech & Language Therapy

    Advice relating to the texture and consistency of food and drinks respectively is provided by our Speech and Language Therapist through the ongoing assessment process. The Speech & Language Therapist offers advice and guidance on eating, swallowing, menu planning and dietary intake by drawing up “eating and drinking” guidelines and strategies for each resident with help from the staff to implement.

    Full staff support in assisting residents with meals is provided.

    Physical Therapy/ Physiotherapist

    We have a Physical Therapist who visits weekly to work with our residents. The Therapist works with staff to draw up plans, strategies and guidelines for residents to follow under staff supervision. The Therapist also offers advice on mobility aids, health and safety, and moving and handling.

    • Medical Care

    Medical care is provided by the resident’s General Practitioner so home visits and appointments are accessed in the normal way.  Specialist care is accessed via the Genetics Clinics in London.Optician and dental visits are accessed in the normal way, in the community.

    • Chiropody

    The provision of chiropody is accessed via the GP on a referral basis however, we arrange for a private chiropodist to visit both units every six weeks, the cost of which is invoiced directly to the resident if they which to utilise this service.

  • Short Term Care

    As well as providing long term care, we also offer short term respite care. We understand how demanding it is to care for those with Huntingdon’s Disease and there are times when carers need a break. We offer flexible solutions to fit your individual requirements and needs.  We can cater for any requirements; from 24 hours to 1 week.

    Please call us to find out more.

  • Day Care

    Being a full time carer can make it difficult to do the everyday activities such as shopping, going to the hair dressers or even keeping up with hobbies. We can offer day care which fits round you. We don’t expect you to stick to our times. For example, you may play sports in the evening so day care from 12pm – 8pm may suit you better.  Please call us to find out more.

  • Support Group

    In conjunction with the National Huntington’s Disease Association, we set up the East Kent Support Group, which has been running since 2005. The group aims to offer support and advice to carers, who are caring for a loved one with Huntingdon’s Disease at home, in an informal and friendly environment.

    It’s not just the physical demands of caring for someone with Huntingdon’s disease which can be a challenge; it’s often hard to know who to ask and where to go for help and advice. Common topics for discussion can include; benefit entitlement, funding eligibility and support in the community. Although we can’t offer formal advice on these matters, members are able to discuss their own experience which in turn helps and informs others.  What members find most beneficial is being able to meet and discuss their problems with a group of people who truly understand their situation.

    Meetings are generally held once a month between 6.30 – 9pm. Members can attend all or part of the meeting. Please call us to find out when our next meeting will be held.

  • Emergency Support

    There are times when you may need advice or support immediately or perhaps you just need to talk to someone. We can offer support both face to face or on the phone.

  • Domicilary Care  

    As well as offering residential care we also offer care in the community. Unlike other domiciliary care agencies, we understand the needs of those with Huntingdon’s Disease enabling us to provide specialist support at home. We can offer flexible support to suit your needs including personal care in the mornings and evenings or a sit in service allowing you to leave your loved one in capable hands whilst you get on with your daily activities. Please call us to find out more about rates and availability.  

  • Albany Drive

    Albany Drive opened in November 2002 and offers long term specialist residential care for seven people, across all stages, for people with Huntington’s Disease

    This property is Victorian and detached and is situation within easy walking distance of local shops and facilities.  Following an extension, it boasts seven, large, single bedrooms, the majority of which are located on the ground floor and have en-suite toilets;   all have wash hand basins.   A typical bedroom is carpeted, has a larger than average bed with wardrobe, chest of drawers and soft seating.   The size of each room lends itself beautifully to being personalised with additional furniture without becoming “cluttered”.   Each person will be enabled to hold their bedroom key, as well as that to the front door.

  • Orchard House

    Orchard House opened in November 2004 and offers long term specialist residential care across all stages for people with Huntington’s Disease.   The unit has ten long term beds but also offers respite care.   Tuckerway Lodge is a self contained, 3 bedroom, bungalow and is annexed to Orchard House.

    Orchard House is a large Edwardian house with two storeys and is beautifully spacious.  It is reached via a private lane that leads from the main access road to the town centre.   The property is surrounded by garden, laid to lawn with flowering shrubs.  A greenhouse and vegetable patch further complements the back garden.   There is a detached garage with private, off road parking facilities.

    The house has ten, large, single bedrooms all with en-suite toilets and wash hand basins;   four have full en-suite facilities.   The bedrooms are located on both floors with a discreet 2 person passenger lift enabling access to the whole house.   Their size lends itself beautifully to being personalised without becoming “cluttered”.  Each person will be enabled to hold their bedroom key, as well as that to the front door.

    Tuckerway Lodge, the annexe to Orchard House, is a spacious bungalow, situated in the same grounds as Orchard House.   It can be reached, either via a private lane that leads from the main road to the town centre or, through Orchard House gardens. The property is surrounded by lawn with flowering shrubs.  A greenhouse and vegetable patch further complements the back garden.   There is a large, detached garage with private, off road parking facilities.

    The bungalow rooms are configured around a spacious hexagonal shaped entrance hall with three, large, single bedrooms all with wash hand basins, one with an en-suite; their size lends them beautifully to being personalised without becoming “cluttered”.  Each person will be enabled to hold their bedroom key, as well as that to the front door.

  • Mission Statement

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  • Retained Search  

    Clients also have the option of engaging Fresh in a retained search. We still promise to meet all candidates face to face before submitting a shortlist of CVs but we also carry out all first stage interviews before presenting clients with a second shortlist.

    At the first stage interview, all questions are pre-agreed with the client. Clients then select who they would like to meet in person. We find many clients prefer this method of recruiting as it takes away the time and effort required in CV filtering, interview preparation and shortlisting.

  • Interview Training  

    We understand how nerve raking an interview can be. As well as providing some basic interview tips we can also help by providing more formal interview training which comprises a mock interview or running through some common interview questions. We provide as much or as little help as you require! Here are a few tips to get you started;

    • Take note of the time, date, location and length of the interview.
    • Plan your journey in advance and leave plenty of time.
    • Ask whether you need to do any preparation for the interview (other than what would normally be expected).

    For example will there be any tests or role plays?

    Who will be interviewing you? What is their position within the organisation?

  • Competency Based Questions  

    The all dreaded competency based interview. All good interviewers will base the interview around these questions. In a 2 stage interview process, competency based questions may be left to the second interview.

    In summary, competency based questions are a series of behavioural questions based on the behaviours identified as essential for the role you�re interviewing for. The interviewer will ask you to describe a situation which demonstrates your ability to express these behaviours such as; communication, leadership and teamwork.

    As part of our interview training programme, we can run through the most commonly used competency based questions and how best to answer them.

  • CV Review and Critique  

    You may prefer to write your own CV but you�re just looking for an expert to guide you in the right direction.

    We are happy to review your CV and provide commentary on format, grammar, sentence construction and much more. We can also advise on whether you�re focusing on the right skills and experience for the job you�re applying for.

    Prices start from �39.99

  • Custom CV  

    We can provide a customised CV to ensure it matches and focuses on the correct skills for the jobs you are applying for.

    If you�re applying for a variety of different jobs, your CV should be tailored to each. We will ask you as many questions as necessary to make sure we represent you as well as we can.

    Prices start from �49.99

  • CV Editing  

    Rather than rewrite your CV from scratch, we�ll edit the grammar, punctuation and other formatting mistakes as well as other basic changes to the structure to make your CV as clear and concise as possible.

    Prices start from �39.99

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