I’ve managed care homes for various companies, and I joined Care UK because I wanted a different challenge and to work for a renowned company known for providing good quality care. I joined Asterbury Place before it opened, so I’ve been able to create my ‘dream team’ from scratch.
We’re one big team here at Asterbury Place – I include the residents and their families in that too. This is their home and they tell us how they want it to be run, how it should look and feel. We never forget that, ultimately, they’re in charge.
Making sure my colleagues are happy and motivated is the secret to a successful home and happy residents. With our home values of Comfort, Love, Attachment, Occupation, Inclusion and Identity we’re working towards the same goals. I’m so proud of the team I have, and our recent ‘outstanding’ rating reflects their passion and dedication. I love that they get so much from their roles, that they always put residents first, and they’re so knowledgeable about how to care for residents.
I started working at Care UK in 2012 after taking a Tupe Transfer from Suffolk County Council. Throughout my career, I’ve worked in a variety of care settings for over thirty years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
To do well in this role I think you need to be caring, passionate, dedicated, flexible, a team player, and be willing to do what it takes to get the job done. My biggest challenge so far has been keeping both residents and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst ensuring the highest standards of care are maintained.
I feel privileged to work with an amazing team and I am proud we have achieved an Outstanding CQC rating from CQC. So far, my biggest career highlight to date has been receiving the Suffolk Angel of the Year award in 2016.
Outside work, I have five boys who I’m very proud of and I also enjoy spending time with my beloved Birman cat, Mamoushka.
I joined Care UK in 2016 because I was keen to broaden my experience in working with people. I spent twenty years working with children before teaching childcare, and I cared for my mother, who lived with dementia. After that, I wanted to work with older people and make a positive difference in their lives.
I've always loved communicating with people of all ages. My role at Asterbury Place is all about making people smile, listening to them and helping them to feel loved and valued. It's fantastic when we do an activity - singing, dancing, a game or reminiscence - and it makes someone’s day.
Receiving our 'outstanding' rating from the CQC was an amazing and proud moment for our team, and wonderful recognition of the effort everyone puts in. I'm proud to be part of the fantastic Asterbury Place team and we’re privileged to be helping residents to enjoy their lives.
I joined the team at Asterbury Place as a care assistant in 2015 but I soon worked my way up to business administrator after some time working as the home’s receptionist and activity coordinator. After working as a domiciliary care assistant in the community, Care UK felt like the right fit for me. Being in a care home environment meant I could spend more time with the residents and offer more care than I ever could in my previous role.
Since my first interview I felt welcome at Asterbury Place. I enjoy working here; the home is lovely and very well run. The team are brilliant and management work hard to ensure the residents are happy and engaged.
I found out about this role, and the home itself, from an ex-colleague who thought it might appeal to me. I was very impressed at the quality of the home and the team – and of their ‘outstanding’ CQC rating – and the rest is history.
I've had a varied career - or careers. I was in the Armed Forces for over 20 years and I've competed for GB in four Winter Olympics as well as in major athletic events. I was the British Bobsleigh High Performance Coach, I've been an agent for various sportspeople and I’ve worked as a Student Support Manager in a high school.
The residents and relatives at Asterbury Place are very close to my heart. I have an understanding of what relatives are going through because my own mother lived with dementia. Wherever I can, I strive to make a difference to the people we care for by helping residents to get the most out of every day at Asterbury Place.
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