I trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital in London, and I worked at William Harvey Hospital for 16 years as Lead Nurse. Before moving to Care UK in 2019, I managed a nursing home in Bearsted for ten years. I joined Care UK as I wanted to pursue my dream of commissioning a brand new care home and shaping a culture and a team from scratch. Care UK is considered a sector leader, so it was too good an opportunity to miss.
I believe a Home Manager should be a great role model, be passionate and motivated and have a sense of humour. Having a great team is so important, and it’s crucial to recognize individuals’ achievements when they do a good job. When your team is happy, residents will be too.
While there’s a lot to keep me busy as Home Manager, I always look forward to spending any time I can with residents, and seeing the difference we make to their day. It’s an exciting and challenging opportunity to create a high quality care home from a blank canvas. My aim is to ensure the best outcomes for residents, so they can live happy and fulfilled lives.
I was keen to join Care UK because it is a well-respected organisation with impressive values and a strong portfolio of homes around the country. I joined Invicta Court at the beginning of its journey as I was keen to be involved in commissioning a new home and shaping the standards of care, right from the start.
My favourite part of the day at our Maidstone care home is when I get the chance to talk to the residents. Listening to their life experiences is fascinating, and by getting to know the people we care for, we’re better able to provide person-centred, high quality care.
I’m enjoying working with the team to build Invicta Court’s reputation for great care, to enable residents to live their lives to the full, and to make residents’ wishes a reality.
At Invicta Court I'm also the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Champion for the home. It's my job to establish and maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness so that residents, colleagues and visitors keep safe.
Away from work, I love spending time with my husband and young children. When I can, I like to get out into the sunshine for some vitamin D and to recharge my batteries. I return home to Portugal at least twice a year.
Before joining the Invicta Court team in 2019, I was a Business Administrator in another local care home. I’ve also spent many years working in marketing. I love working in the care sector, and Care UK has a great reputation for its forward-thinking approach to care. When I saw this opportunity, I was keen to get involved – it’s exciting to be part of a team that’s built a home from scratch.
Seeing residents laughing and enjoying their day gives me a huge buzz. We offer fantastic activities and social events for people to enjoy. Deciding to move a loved one into care is very difficult for families. Being able to guide families through that journey and make the transition easier is vitally important and very rewarding.
Outside of work, I have eight-year-old twin boys who keep me on my toes. I also enjoy reading, eating out and travelling the world. I’m probably happiest, though, simply being outside in the sunshine – when we get some!
I’m passionate about older people’s wellbeing and lifestyle. I used to be an Activity Coordinator at a dementia village and have been Head of Activities in another care home.
I researched Care UK and felt it was a company with a good reputation. I also felt there would be scope here to make an impact and share good practice on a larger scale. Being able to live a fulfilling life can have a hugely beneficial impact on an older person. I love reaching out to an individual and making a connection with them, no matter how fleeting it might be. Knowing that I have made a difference to another person’s day is a fantastic feeling. I’m passionate about inspiring colleagues to understand the importance of meaningful lifestyles and support people to deliver them.
Away from work I enjoy doing lots of hands on things, from painting murals to renovating furniture, doing crafts, gardening and cooking. Anything creative really!
I’ve been working as a chef since 2010 – for another care home company and for one of the UK’s most famous girls’ schools. I joined Invicta Court in March 2020 having heard so much about Care UK on social media and in the local community. I was keen to be part of the exciting story of this new care home in Maidstone.
In my previous role we catered for 1,000 people most days, as well as for many different events, so I’m used to juggling, multitasking and working as a team – and ensuring everything that comes out of my kitchen is of the best quality. Many of the skills I’ve learnt come in useful here at Invicta Court. It’s important to be caring, calm, organised, and passionate about food if you’re a Head Chef. You must also want to do the best for the home’s residents.
I love baking and making sweet dishes, and I’ve just started growing my own flowers, fruit and veg on my new allotment. That’s a big task for the year ahead! I’m looking forward to putting my stamp on the food at Invicta Court and creating the best dining experience I can for the residents and their families.
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