Francine Summers, home manager
I’ve managed care homes before I joined Care UK and was even an area manager, overseeing a number of homes. I’ve also worked as a ‘turnaround manager’ too – helping care homes to gain regulatory compliance – so I’ve lots of experience in care homes.
There’s a lot to do when you’re a home manager, but the best bit is having a coffee with the residents and chatting with them. When I can I also join in with activities because it’s wonderful seeing residents enjoying themselves – after all, that’s why we do what we do. I love seeing happy residents living fulfilling lives in our warm and friendly home.
Harvinder Rai, deputy home manager
My background is in mental health nursing. I moved to Priors House when it opened as I wanted to be part of a forward-thinking organisation. It was quite a challenge moving from being a unit manager to becoming deputy manager, but I’m really enjoying each day. No two days are the same, and every new challenge presents an opportunity to learn something new.
Priors House is a fantastic home and I’m very proud to work here. We’re delivering excellent care and I’m determined for us to get an ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC!
Coral Arrowsmith, lifestyle coordinator
Before joining Priors House I worked in customer services in a retirement village, which was all about helping residents to enjoy every day. I decided to move because I wanted to be more involved in helping people and connecting with individual residents – to be more at the heart of their care.
I love getting to know all the residents and hearing their stories and knowing that I’m having a positive impact on their life. I also enjoy having the chance to bring a smile to residents’ faces – even if it’s with a small gift that shows I’m thinking of them. Looking ahead, I’d like to organise an exhibition of residents’ art work as I run an art class at the home and we’ve got lots of fantastic pieces to show off.
Marcin Ignatowicz, head chef
I’ve not worked in the care sector before, so joining Care UK, and Priors House, in mid 2014 was a turning point for me. It’s enabled me to learn new skills and interact with people I would never have met and supported.
I love hearing feedback from the residents after lunch. They’re honest and I get lots of ideas for ways to improve and tailor menus! Outside of work I also enjoy cooking, as well as watching films and following Formula One.
Graham Hobbins, maintenance
I’m qualified in electrical engineering and facilities management, and I’ve always worked in the industrial or commercial sectors. This role appealed to me as I felt that I wanted to give something back to society. I already do various roles in the community, including being a director of Leamington Football Club.
The best time of day for me is dinner time as I generally eat with the residents. As well as helping them to eat more and get the nutrition they need, it’s a chance to laugh and chat with them and to get to know them better. I’m really enjoying the change and challenges this role is bringing me. It’s also a good feeling that I’m making a difference to residents and their relatives.
Diane Hobbins, head housekeeper
I love the sense of satisfaction that comes with seeing our beautiful home looking fantastic and clean, and knowing all the laundry is done. I have an eye for detail – it’s vital in this role – so my job is never really done. I always spot something else that needs doing!
I have a lovely team here and I would never ask them to do anything I wouldn’t be prepared to do. I have to say the best thing about my role is talking to the residents; listening to their life stories is amazing – their lives have been fascinating and very different.
Outside of work I like to knit for family and friends. In fact, I’m currently knitting poppies for the home to sell for Rememberance Day.