I am a Registered General and Registered Mental Nurse with over 30 years’ experience. I have undertaken a Diploma in dementia care, I am extremely resident focused and especially love working with those who are living with dementia.
I have spent 10 years working for Provider Services within Worcestershire County Council - five of these years were as Registered Manager of a Nursing Home specialising in rehabilitation services, including Stroke services. I am passionate about supporting people to maintain their independence and have the best quality of life possible.
I enjoy being part of a team, learning new skills and gaining fresh experiences and then supporting others to do the same and to meet their potential.
I live near Ludlow with my husband and three dogs where we have a bunch of chickens and grow vegetables with varying degrees of success!
Whatever role I’ve done in my career, I’ve always been focused on ensuring that people have the best experience. I’ve worked in the private medical sector and in hospitality, and I wanted to join Brook Court because it had such wonderful testimonials from residents and their families. I thought ‘that’s the place for me’!
I love seeing the smiles on residents’ faces when the lifestyle team put on the daily events. We have movie nights and parties. For the royal wedding we had fizz, wedding cake and wore fancy hats. Everyone has a lot of fun. It’s wonderful to see how relaxed and happy residents’ families are when they visit. People go through so many challenging emotions when they look for care for a loved one so seeing them happy is priceless.
I’m really looking forward to learning more about care needs and getting involved in our community events and information sessions, as well as becoming a Dementia Champion.
Before coming to work at Care UK, I was a head chef at a local hotel. When the opportunity came up to work as second chef at Brook Court care home in 2013, I jumped at it. The company has a great reputation for the care it provides older people in care homes across the UK and I didn't want to miss the chance to be a part of the team.
I was asked to take over as head chef in 2014 and whilst this has been my biggest professional challenge so far, it has been very rewarding. A head chef needs to have excellent communication and team-building skills. Building a good relationship with the team around you is very important when you are caring for others. There is also a lot of planning involved in ensuring that there is the right amount of food, but also that meals are nutritious and balanced. We have a very organised kitchen team, which is necessary as we are so busy all the time!
I love the friendly and welcoming atmosphere here at Brook Court – we have a wonderful team that work hard to make sure that residents and their family feel at home.
The thing I enjoy most about providing activity based care at Brook Court care home is putting a smile on the faces of residents who live here. It is so important to me to make a difference and make their day a happy one, by delivering a varied programme of activities.
I am a caring person, with a jolly personality. I think it helps to be flexible in this role too and be able to adapt activities to individual residents, depending on their needs and abilities.
I get other members of the team involved where possible too, which makes it a fun experience and creates a wonderful atmosphere in the home.
This is a great home to work in – everyone is friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I really enjoy cleaning the residents’ rooms: it’s a chance to get to know them properly and how they like things done. They know where they want things to go, and it’s up to our team to learn this. It’s my job to model the high standards I expect from my team.
In my free time I like to bake (I’m a qualified chef), garden, and to be around my family, especially when my grandsons are around.
My name is Honey and I now live at Brook Court. The residents, relatives and staff adopted me in April 2018 from the Hall Green Greyhound Trust, where I lived in kennels.
Before my adoption I spent time visiting Brook Court with my carers Marie and Tracey taking time to get to know everyone..
I am two years old, but have never raced due to my bad knees this means I can only exercise in short bursts, which is ideal when I go out walking with the residents.
I have settled in well and my favourite place is the lovely soft sofa in Brockway’s lounge. I have attended social events and training sessions in the cinema.
It’s great fun going round the home meeting all of our residents, visitors and staff.
Everyone is so friendly and appear to be quite fond of me too!
I have my own rota of staff who look after me, so all in all I have found a good billet.
I have been given lots of gifts including a very nice pink kennel, which I would love to show you – look forward to meeting you all.
Love Honey xxx