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’m an experienced care sector head chef. Before joining the Deewater Grange team in January 2020 I’d spent ten years heading up the catering at another care home. The chance to be part of a new team in a brand new home was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. The resident-centred culture that Care UK has also really appealed to me.
I think it’s vital that we always remember the reason why we’re here is the residents. It’s the job of me and my team to ensure that residents are enjoying their favourite dishes, cooked in the way they like them and that their meals meet their nutritional needs.
I love seeing the residents in the dining room, chatting to them about their day, gaining their feedback and enhancing what we do so they can always enjoy the best food and dining experience. Seeing them enjoying a meal with their family is terrific too.
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’ve worked in the care home sector for seven years and have worked my way up to Head Housekeeper. When I saw Deewater Grange was opening, and hearing good things about Care UK, I thought it sounded like a great opportunity to be part of something new and challenging.
I love having the chance to chat with the residents. If I can make even one resident laugh or smile, it makes my day. It’s a wonderful feeling that you’re making a difference to someone’s life, and being able to reassure families that their loved one is being looked after well.
The pandemic has heightened the profile and importance of what my team and I do. We’ve been at the heart of keeping residents and colleagues safe, but it’s been a genuine team effort maintaining the highest hygiene standards.
In my spare time I love to garden. I’ll often get home and potter in my greenhouse and garden. Family means a lot to me too, so I enjoy spending time with loved ones.
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!
Care enquiry lines open Mon-Tue 8:30am-8:00pm,
Wed-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm,