I’ve always worked in the care sector: I started as an apprentice care assistant in 2010 and have worked my way up the ladder. I wanted to join Care UK because of the great things I heard about it. As an organisation it also rewards hard work and commitment.
I think one of the most important aspects of care is ensuring that everything is tailored to the individual resident. We care for many different people, all with different personalities and needs, so delivering personalised care is a challenge, but something I pride myself on.
One of my favourite parts of each day is listening to the residents. It’s a chance to hear their feedback about the food, activities, or the care we provide. Sometimes we chat about what they’ve been doing, or they share a story from their past, or we talk about their hopes and aims for the future.
Speaking of the future, I’m very excited about what the future holds here at Hadrian Park, and about working alongside Marsha and our great team. Watch this space!
I joined Care UK in 2012. I’d always worked in schools and I was keen to make a career change to support the older generation. I’m proud of the relationships that I’ve developed with residents and colleagues at Hadrian Park.
I enjoy coming in of a morning and being greeted by colleagues and residents. This is a very friendly and supportive home. We all work together to help each other with whatever needs doing. The best part of my day is making the residents happy, gaining their trust and having that rewarding feeling when you know you’ve made a difference to a person’s day.
Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family going away in our touring caravan, exploring new places in the great outdoors and making happy memories.
I joined Care UK in July 2016 having completed 26 years in the Army as a Forensic and Specialist Support Worker. Having gained various certificates in catering and food management and also having received a wide range of support from the community, I decided it would be greatly rewarding to work in the care industry and support others.
To carry out my role, you need to be patient, adaptable and very creative, and I’m looking forward to developing the team to ensure residents are receiving the best food available and satisfied with the service provided.
My favourite part of my working day is meeting the residents in the hope that I have made a difference, no matter how small.
My biggest career highlight to date is my promotion to Warrant Officer Class 1 which is the highest non-commissioned rank attainable. My second highlight was when I was selected to manage and deliver a training programme to 120 plus military chefs and management in catering, hospitality and food services from entry level to Master Chef standard.
I have worked at Hadrian Park for many years – I was already working here when Care UK took over the running of the home back in 2005. Having been here for a long time, I know the residents very well, and I have respect for all of them. I love spending time with them and finding ways to enhance their day and bring them joy.
While it’s important to be organised, quality-focused and have a great attention to detail in this job, it’s also vital that you’re caring, compassionate and a good listener. Having a chat with a resident can make a huge difference to their day.
There’s a special feeling about Hadrian Park. I’m very proud of the home team – we work hard to enhance residents’ quality of life on a daily basis. Christmas is a particularly lovely time here when everyone gets involved in decorating the house and doing Christmas activities.