I have been a care home manager since 2004 and worked for the same company for 11 years. Before that I worked in NHS acute services. I’ve even spent time working for the Saudi Ministry of Defence in a military hospital in Saudi Arabia.
I decided to work for Care UK because the company puts people, residents and staff at the heart of everything it does. It’s a growing organisation focused on the delivery of quality care. Field Lodge has a lovely homely atmosphere and the team works really well together. My priorities are to support residents to have a great quality of life, and to help our team to facilitate that quality of life.
I moved to Care UK in the summer of 2015. I’m very focused on doing my best for the team and it’s always a good feeling getting to the end of the day and knowing I’ve done my best to tick everything off my ‘to do’ list. I really enjoy the family atmosphere here and I love interacting with colleagues, residents and relatives as much as I can.
It’s been a great experience to deputise for the home manager and deputy home manager on several occasions – I’ll help any colleague, resident or relative who needs it – and I was over the moon to be nominated for ‘team member of the year’ in early 2017 by the Field Lodge team. I never knew so many colleagues thought so highly of me.
Here at Field Lodge I'm also the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Champion. In essence, my role involves establishing and maintaining a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness so that residents, colleagues and visitors are kept safe. I provide infection control training and am on hand to support our team to work to the highest standards.
I joined Field Lodge in the spring of 2019 – I used to manage a spa, and I was a manager at Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire. When I was looking for a career change, this position looked appealing. Once I’d met the team, I was sure that this was the place for me.
No two days are the same in my role and I really enjoy the variety, whether I’m liaising with prospective residents and their families, healthcare professionals or members of the community.
I’m usually one of the first people residents and their families meet when they visit Field Lodge for the first time. I have personal experience of finding long term care for a loved one, so I know how hard it is and what an emotional experience it can be. It’s important that families feel in control of the process, and having all the information is key to that.
I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team here at Field Lodge. We’re like a family. I look forward to meeting you at Field Lodge very soon.
I used to work as a care assistant, but joined Field Lodge back in 2014. This is a fantastic role to have. Seeing the residents and getting a hug from them every morning is my favourite part of the day. I love seeing the smiles on their faces and organising fun and exciting things for them to do, whether that’s out in the minibus, or entertainment and activities in the home.
I always look forward to spending quality time with the residents, whether it’s over a cup of tea as I talk about what activities we’re planning, or getting together with other Care UK care homes.
I had personal experience of being a relative at Field Lodge when my mum had palliative care here. The level of care that the team provided, and the support and affection that they showed to all my family, made Field Lodge a place I wanted to be a part of.
I used to work as a carer, supporting people in their own homes, and I love spending time with the residents, hearing about their lives or taking them for a stroll around the garden. It’s the lovely residents and amazing staff who I look forward to seeing every morning. I love being able to make a difference to people’s lives.
I’ve worked in the care industry for over 30 years. In 2014 I moved to St Ives just as Field Lodge was being built. I joined the team when the home opened as it was the perfect opportunity for me to continue my career in care closer to home.
To be good in this role you need to be calm, confident and caring. I’m a patient person with a kind nature – I always want the best for other people. I love the family feel of our care home and enjoy getting to know the residents and their families. Knowing I’ve made a different to the residents lives, especially those living with dementia, is the highlight of my day.
When I’m not at work you can probably find me by the coast, enjoying the beaches in Norfolk. I’m also a keen crafter and especially enjoy card making.
I’ve been working as an administrator in care homes since 2004, so, when I joined Care UK and Field Lodge in 2015, I already had lots of experience in the care sector. I wanted to work for Care UK because I knew someone who already worked for the company, and they only had good things to say about it. I haven’t looked back since!
When I first visited Field Lodge I was very struck – and very impressed – by how friendly everyone was and the homely atmosphere here. I wanted to be a part of that. The team makes this feel like a home from home for residents and their families. We’re one big family really, which is how it should be. I’d certainly say that the best part of my day is meeting and chatting to residents and their families.
I’m an experienced chef, and have worked in location catering on films and TV, as well as in other residential homes. I joined the Field Lodge team in 2020 because I enjoy bringing great food to older people living in the care home environment.
While being a Head Chef means you need to be good at managing your team and planning menus, I still love the act of cooking – even after many years of doing it. I also enjoy chatting to residents and learning about their likes and dislikes, their life experiences and hearing their feedback about the food we’re serving.
I’m looking forward to taking the food and dining offering at Field Lodge to the next level while developing my kitchen team and supporting them to succeed and develop.
I used to have my own cleaning business, so I’m used to being proactive and ready to help. I enjoy turning my hand to whatever a resident needs, from hanging a picture to building a chicken coop or adjusting a mattress so that a person’s more comfortable. My role also includes responsibility for fire safety and health and safety, which I obviously take extremely seriously.
I may not be a big fan of the paperwork involved in my role (who is?!). I really enjoy the early mornings when I’ve just got in, and I’ve got my task list written up. It’s good to have things to do.
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