I joined Foxbridge House because I wanted to make a difference to families with older loved ones, and give advice and guidance at a difficult time. Care UK especially appealed to me due to its fantastic reputation and the wealth of experience its colleagues have.
I love chatting to the residents and learning about their lives. It’s fascinating to hear what they’ve done and to find out more about what life used to be like. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the residents and to helping more families who are looking for a quality care home for an older loved one.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog for long walks. I go to the gym regularly too and I like watching most sports, particularly football (I support Brighton and Hove Albion).
I was a professional photographer and wedding coordinator before I joined Foxbridge House in 2014. I’ve also danced for 15 years and performed in shows. I love anything creative like that. Being energetic and a people person is vital in my role, so my performing background is really useful. Residents respond to energy, to a friendly face and a smile.
Every day is different here, which is part of the attraction of the job. And we’re all one big family. When I come to work it’s more like coming to a second home; I look forward to seeing my Foxbridge family! And it’s nice to know that, when I’m not here, I’m missed.
I haven’t looked back since I joined Foxbridge House in 2013. I thought it would be lovely to have a new, fresh start in a new build care home. I worked as a care assistant and I’m a moving and handling trainer now, so I have a number of strings to my bow!
To be a good activities coordinator you need to enjoy your role as well as being with people. I love singing, entertaining and making people happy, and I love spending time with all the residents and seeing them smile, it’s so rewarding.
Before I joined Care UK I’d been an administrator in an asset management team, but, while I still wanted to work in an office environment, I was keen to find a role that would be different every day, where I could work with older people and make a difference to their day.
In my role, it’s important to be professional, but you also need to know when to have fun and how to make people smile. I love being able to help and interact with residents, particularly at lunch time, which is always busy. It’s great to talk to residents and hear their life stories.
Source: Care UK Relatives Satisfaction Survey - August 2018. Based on a sample of 18