My first job was in a convalescent home and I then went on to work in a nursing home before training as a nurse at West Suffolk Hospital, where I worked for 14 years. Before joining Care UK in 2014 I managed a 53-bed dementia care home.
I’m passionate about providing the highest standards of care and recruiting a team of people who care deeply about the job they do. During my career some special people have inspired me and given me opportunities to learn and progress. I cherish the fact that I have been able to do the same for others.
No two days are the same at Davers Court. We strive to enable each resident to fulfil their dreams no matter how small or large these may be. Every person is precious and should be supported to live a full life to the end. It’s a great feeling to leave the home at the end of the day knowing that you’ve helped to do this.
I started off in the care sector in 2009 working as a care assistant. Before long I was a deputy manager in a private care home. I joined Care UK in 2016. I’m passionate about working with the team to make Davers Court the very best it can be. Our residents are happy and well cared for; I love it when one of them wants to tell me about something they’ve enjoyed doing that day, because if they’re happy, we’re happy.
I worked as an agency carer across two Care UK homes before joining the team at Davers Court permanently in 2014. The home has such a family feel which I wanted to be a part of properly.
When I was promoted from a carer to the management team I realised just how much hard work went into running a home, but I’m proud to be part of a great team. It’s so rewarding to work here, and when we received our ‘outstanding’ CQC rating in 2020 I was thrilled. My favourite part of the job is seeing relatives happy, healthy and enjoying their lives.
I joined Care UK in 2013 as a team leader but transferred to Davers Court when it opened, in 2016 I was offered the manager position at the Davers Club. I’ve spent most of my career working as a carer, this job has its challenging moments but my previous roles and experiences have proved very useful and I absolutely love managing the Davers Club!
Although my team and I are all trained carers but we are also artists, crafters and entertainers. Every day is different here and every day brings new challenges. Our members and their families are all facing difficult times, whether they are living with dementia or have become socially isolated through age or circumstances. They really care for each other and it is pure joy seeing them making friends, singing and having fun, relaxing and learning new skills.
I became part of the team at Davers Court in 2015 as I was interested in working in administration. I had never worked with older people before but I love feeling like part of a family when I am at work. For the last year I have supported not only the team here at Davers Court but also the team at Glastonbury Court, our sister care home which is also in Bury St Edmunds. Together both homes achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating by the CQC in 2020, something we are all very proud of.
To do this job well you have to be organised and patient. No two days are the same, there is always something new and exciting to look forward to. I’m very much a people person - I enjoy getting to know residents and their families. Being able to help them is very rewarding and it always brightens my day.
I have an extensive background in catering but I fancied a change and a new challenge within the care sector. I wanted a job that made a difference so in 2018 I became the head chef at Davers Court. The home has such a welcoming atmosphere, we’re like a family here and it is a pleasure to cook for the residents.
A head chef needs to have flare, enthusiasm and good communication. I have an excellent team in the kitchen and together we produce tasty and balanced meals. My favourite part of the day is when I get to see the residents enjoying their meals. I appreciate hearing their feedback and always look for ways to improve what we produce. When I’m not at work I like to unwind by spending time with my family and friends.
Since I first stepped foot in Davers Court for my interview I received a warm welcome from the team who made me feel at home. Care UK has a good reputation so I was pleased to join the team here in 2019.
I have worked in the care sector for 24 years and it is incredibly rewarding. Seeing residents happy and enjoying the activities we organise makes the hard work worth it. It is a pleasure to work with a great team in a CQC rated ‘outstanding’ care home.
I’d always wanted to work in care and was thrilled to be promoted to the lifestyle team at Davers Court. I love being able to spend quality time with the residents, listening to them and making them smile.
To be good in this role you need to be caring, understanding and patient. Every day at work I am rewarded for my hard work by seeing the joy on the resident’s faces. When I’m not at work I like to unwind by spending time with my grandchildren.
I wanted a new challenge and a career change so joined the team at Davers Court in 2019. To be good in a role like this you have to be flexible with a can do attitude - everything I do is to improve the daily lives of the residents. We have a great team here and it is a pleasure to work with such lovely people. The home has a calm and relaxed atmosphere and every day I’m here I learn something new.
Infection prevention and control (IPC) has always been important at Davers Court, and, with the pandemic, it has become even more so. I work to high standards and share the latest learning and policies with my colleagues so that they are implemented across the home. I support colleagues by training them and answering their day-to-day questions. I also support managers with IPC audits.
I think attention to detail is vital in this role. You need to have an in-depth knowledge of policies, procedures, ways of working, ‘how to’ guides and government guidelines. It’s important to remain curious and to question.
I enjoy seeing the residents happy, even if it’s just as a result of having a chat with them, and making them feel valued and special. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and great-grandparents when I was growing up. I saw the positive impact that activities and social interaction had for older people, so when I joined Care UK, I wanted to bring those benefits to the residents to ensure they live fulfilling lives.
I’m an ex-racing greyhound from Ireland and I was living at Woodgreen Animal Centre in Godmanchester when the residents at Davers Court came in to look for a dog to rehome. Their search was even filmed for a Channel 4 programme.
I was shy at first when I met everyone, but I soon warmed up when the dog treats came out! My first weeks at Davers Court were quite dramatic and included a suspected snake bite. I’ve also been diagnosed with epilepsy. However, everything’s okay now: a couple of tablets a day keeps the vet away!
I enjoy my daily walks with colleagues and residents, and I often go out with residents and their families when they visit. I’ve even been for sleepovers with a resident’s family member who misses having a dog of their own. Sharing my love is the least I can do for everyone now they’ve given me a forever home at Davers Court.
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