I joined Church View in 2014. Before that I was a support manager for another care provider, working across various homes. However I missed being based in one home where I could make a difference to the residents, relatives and team.
We have a lovely home here, and I like nothing more than to get out and about around Church View, seeing residents and spending time with them. We also have a good team, and I’m proud that we continue to have a ‘good’ rating from the CQC. I believe in constantly improving what we do for the benefit of residents and their families, and I’m looking forward to enhancing the home even further, going from good to great.
I spend my spare time with my family. I have two grandchildren and am guardian for my great niece. I also like to head off on holiday for some winter sun; Goa is my favourite!
I used to be a support worker and nursing assistant in the NHS. I joined Church View in 2013 to enjoy a different set of challenges. I’m so pleased I made the switch because I’ve learnt a lot here, and met some fantastic people.
One of the highlights of my role is being able to sit and chat to residents and learn more about the things they’ve done – you can always learn something new about someone you thought you knew well, and it’s all useful in helping us to tailor activities to people’s interests.
We work hard to bring residents interesting and different activities to do, and we’re always open to new ideas. We’ll give anything a go. Seeing residents laughing and enjoying themselves, and forming friendships, is the best part of my role.
I’ve been part of the Church View team since 2017 – I used to work in the home shopping department of a big supermarket chain. However, I wanted to join Care UK because I was keen to grow my skills and achieve better career progression.
The training the organisation provides is very good, and I’ve done lots of different courses since I started, including in dementia awareness, which I’m passionate about. I’m the dementia champion for the home, and have delivered training for all of my colleagues so we can be sure we’re delivering best practice dementia care.
I love chatting to residents and listening to their life stories, and I work hard to find new and exciting activities for us to do together. I would say that my role requires patience, time, a creative approach and a determination to take a risk and try new things. Ultimately, it’s all about having a positive impact on residents by making them smile, laugh and feel valued.
I’ve been part of the Church View team since 2016. Before joining the team here, I worked in retail. I enjoy the fact that there’s always a lot to get my teeth into here. I enjoy coming to work every day. While my role means that I need to be organised, it’s also vital that I’m approachable and show empathy. Each day is different, whether I’m supporting the managers, relatives or colleagues, but one of the best parts is getting to spend time with residents. It’s a pleasure to know that I am part of the great team here at Church View, and doing my bit to support residents and their families.
My dog Benji is a big part of my life. I’m able to bring him to work, and the residents love giving him a cuddle. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time going long walks with him.
I have the best job of anyone at Church View. I get to visit all the residents every day and collect cuddles and titbits as they chat and stroke me. I’m here to provide a service, and I think I’m pretty good at what I do.
I started working here in 2018 because my mum is the administrator here. The residents love dogs at Church View, so it made sense for me to join the team too.
My day generally involves making my way around the home and checking in on all my friends to make sure everyone’s happy. I’ll then have a sleep, then a nap and maybe a little doze after that – I like to mix things up a bit.
Outside of work, things can get a little more active, with long walks, trips to the beach and ball games in the field. When it all gets too much, I like to unwind in a sunny spot in the garden with my favourite bone.
Prior to joining the team at Church View I was the cook in a school for 14 years. However, I was keen to work in a care home again and support older people – I’d been Head Chef in a care home before working at the school.
In this role it’s important to have patience and good time management skills. You also need to be good at working as a team with colleagues and chatting to residents to find out how they’re doing and the food they’re enjoying.
We bake fresh cakes every morning for the residents and by 1015 there’s a table full of delicious treats. I always think ‘I’m never going to get everything done in time’ but we always manage it!
I like to make food fun and be a bit creative about things. When I make good food that puts a smile on people’s faces it makes me feel happy. A job well done.
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