I’m a registered nurse and have been working for Care UK since 2013. I used to be the unit manager for Edinburgh’s ‘step down’ service when it was here at the home. It was a service with three different businesses working together within it – Care UK, Edinburgh City Council and NHS Lothian. It was quite a challenge to set it up in a way that worked for all departments. But we managed it and the service became very effective, enabling patients to receive the interim care they needed before returning home or going into permanent residential care.
I remember coming to Cairdean for the first time and thinking how amazing it was. I wished that one day I’d be able to work my way up to manager here – and I have!
Away from work I have four dogs, who take up most of my time, and I regularly look after my two grandchildren. Life is pretty full!
I joined Care UK in 2020 as I was looking for a career move where I could really make a difference. I feel that supporting older people is a real privilege and a sense of giving back. Before working here, I worked as a Business Development Manager within the motor industry for 15 years.
Working at Cairdean I enjoy being part of the family from the team to the residents - it is a complete family culture and to be part of that is very special.
To do well in this role, I feel you have to be a people person. From the initial enquiry from the loved ones, understanding their needs and wishes. This is an emotional time for the resident and family so we need to make them feel fully supported throughout. I also love to meet the residents, listen to their amazing stories and of course see how much Cairdean is a ‘home from home’ to them.
My biggest challenge so far has been starting this role during the Covid-19 pandemic. Helping families virtually has been difficult but it’s also a great challenge to ensure we cover everything in detail.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my little five-year-old, husband and our new dog Mylo and we enjoy long walks and adventures.
I started at Cairdean House as a carer in 2015 before becoming a team leader and the Lifestyle Lead in 2019. I wanted to join the company to help people and give residents happiness in later life.
My favourite part of my job is seeing the residents smile during the activities and reminiscing time. To be successful in this role I believe you need to be a people person, enthusiastic, be able to think out of the box with new ideas and be very organized.
I really enjoy doing charitable events and a highlight so far in my career has been absolutely smashing our targets and exceeding on expectations.
Outside of work I enjoy time with my young family and taking them on adventures.
The role of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Champion is vital in ensuring that colleagues maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in the home, keeping residents and colleagues safe. They work hard to deliver the relevant training to the team, complete audits and keep on top of the legislation and guidelines.
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