I’ve worked for Care UK for many years. I joined Pinetum, another of its Chester care homes, in 2007 as a general nurse and was later promoted to senior nurse. After a couple of years away, I returned to the home as Deputy Manager in 2015 and became Home Manager in 2016.
I enjoy working in care homes. As a nurse, you can build relationships with the people you’re caring for and their families in a way that’s just not possible in a hospital setting where people come and go. I love the fact that we’re making a big difference to people’s lives and we get to see the evidence of that.
It’s a privilege to now be leading a brand new home for Care UK in Chester – Deewater Grange. I’m passionate about the potential of this stunning new home and of how we can make a difference to residents’ lives.
One of the best aspects of this job is meeting new residents and getting to know them and seeing them settle and enjoy life. We’re dedicated to finding out about the little details of people’s lives, and their preferences, so that we can include things they’ll enjoy and that will make them smile. That’s the secret to creating a true ‘home from home’.
While I’m new to the care sector (I’ve spent 20 years in the finance sector, including 12 years as a manager in a high street bank), I’ve experienced what it’s like to have a loved one live with dementia. I’ve been through the emotions and the process of trying to find suitable care. So when I was looking for a new career challenge, I was keen to help families who were in the same situation.
This role demands a combination of strengths, from being financially focused to having great communication skills. You have to network with stakeholders in the community and be supportive of families who are going through a very stressful time. You create a bond with families doing this job. When they smile after being anxious and upset, it can melt your heart.
It’s a privilege to be part of the Deewater Grange story from the beginning. As well as being a member of a great team in a stunning care home, I’ll be part of every resident’s journey with us.
I have a degree in Performing Arts and Events Management, and I’ve worked as an Activities Coordinator and Performer in five-star resorts, mostly with older guests. When I saw this role at Deewater Grange was available, I was keen to apply so I could use the skills and experience I have to benefit older people.
Energy, creativity and hard work are important in this job. I’ve created, produced and hosted my own stage show, so I’m no stranger to those things. What I love is seeing residents smiling and enjoying themselves, because I know I’m doing my job correctly. I’m passionate about creating smiles every day, and I’m looking forward to making great connections with residents, so I can bring joy to each person’s life.
In my free time I enjoy planning and hosting events, taking part in quizzes, baking, watching movies… Many of the things residents enjoy doing here at Deewater Grange!
I moved to Care UK in 2015 because it was a large and successful company with a good reputation. I worked in one of the organisation’s established care homes in Chester before moving to Deewater Grange when it opened in 2020.
This is a very busy role, so good organisational skills are a must. I enjoy being methodical and completing tasks, so I’m in the right job! It also helps to be good with technology, as there are lots of systems to learn. Lastly, being approachable and friendly with relatives and residents is a must too.
I love the beautiful, modern surroundings of Deewater Grange, and that there’s so much here for residents to enjoy. I’m personally enjoying getting to know my colleagues, as well as our residents and their families.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends and family, going to the gym, walking the dog, or doing puzzles and bingo.
I’m an experienced care sector head chef. Before joining the Deewater Grange team in 2019 I worked for six years in similar roles, and I used to be Head Chef at one of Chester’s most popular restaurants. When I saw this home was opening, I felt it would offer me with some new challenges, so I applied.
I thrive on seeing residents enjoying the food that me and my team have created, and I enjoy seeing the team themselves enjoying what they do. Our job has its challenges – coming up with a completely new menu every three months that will satisfy all the residents is no mean feat, but it tests our creativity, which we enjoy.
One of the best parts of my role is being able to get to know the residents, their backgrounds and food preferences. It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that we’re here to give them the best possible food and dining experience, so knowing residents well is central to that.
I was excited about joining the Deewater Grange team because Care UK is renowned for the training and development it offers its colleagues, as well as the quality of care provided to residents. As head of the Housekeeping team, I’m as focused on quality as our carers and nurses are, and I believe in going above and beyond for residents, their families and for my own colleagues all day, every day.
This is a large home, so cleaning everyone’s room every day keeps my team busy! But it’s worth it to see residents smile when they’re pleased with what we’ve done.
Joining a new team and a new care home is such a great opportunity to set the standard from the start. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for Deewater Grange.
I’d been working in the plumbing trade for several years before I was offered this role at Deewater Grange. I was over the moon to join the team because Care UK has such a great reputation.
I like the fact that no two days are the same at our Chester care home. It keeps me on my toes! Also being able to make a difference to an older person’s life, even in a small way, is a great feeling.
These are exciting times at Deewater Grange as we welcome more new residents, and develop the home. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and to learning and progressing as part of a fantastic team.
Outside of work I like to unwind by doing photography, and going to the skatepark with my son Lucas.
Hi everyone, I'm Mabel. I'm four years old and my white and fluffy appearance is due to me being a Chorkie - that is, a Chihuahua crossed with a Yorkshire Terrier.
You can find me around the home during the week when I'm available for treat eating and trick performing. I can sit, lie down, high five and roll over. If you've got the treats, I've got the tricks!
Mine is the best job you can have at Deewater Grange. I get to meet and greet visitors and I let residents make a fuss of me whenever they like. I also like to sit in on new staff interviews. What that really means is I like to sit on new staff in interviews. I'm here to make sure that new team members will love the residents as much as I do!