Trusted to care in Ascot, Berkshire
Our colleagues come from different professional backgrounds and cultures. We’ve all got a story to tell – much like our residents. We all share a common aim – to deliver superb care and wonderful experiences to the people we care for. You can find out more about us on these pages.
I’ve worked in the care sector since I was 16, so it’s what I know.
I started working for Care UK when my children were small and I worked as a carer on night shifts. As my children got older I was able to progress and take on more work.
The greatest buzz I get from this job is when an activity goes really well and residents ask to do it again. Christmas is always a busy time, with lots to organise, and we do lots of themed days and have plenty of parties. The fun residents have makes all the work worthwhile. If you like a role where you never know what each day is going to bring, this is the perfect job!
When so much was put on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic, I felt I had to take on a rewarding role where I could help people, and put my music and performance knowledge to good use.
I have various strings to my bow: I co-host a music show on TV each Monday evening, I perform in an Irish music band and I work in a West End theatre box office part time. I also love Country and Western music, and a little while ago I got to tour and sing in Alabama and Nashville.
I love so much of my role as Lifestyle Coordinator at Larkland House, including chatting and reminiscing with residents, and singing with them. Music is a great healer and can bring people together in a unique way. I look forward to making a difference to residents’ day every day here at the home. It’s amazing to receive a ‘thank you’ from a person when you’ve spent time with them, getting to know them.
I’ve always wanted to help people, so being a part of Care UK gives me the chance to use my skills to help others every day.
I love adventure, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled the world. However, there’s always more to see, so I still try to visit new places when I can.
Cooking is something that helps me unwind, and I’m also a keen dancer – I do salsa and belly dancing! One of my career highlights was opening my very own arts and crafts shop, and it’s great to see residents sharing my creativity and getting involved in all the different activities.
You need to have plenty of patience, kindness, and a happy demeanour to be brilliant at my job. Each morning I wake up looking forward to the day, to making a small difference, and to seeing residents smile.
I’ve worked as a Head Chef for many years in Poland and the UK.
My aim is always to get to know residents, their likes and dislikes, and to gain their feedback so I can create varied, high quality dishes that they’ll love. The more information they can give me, the better.
I’m often out on the floor at mealtimes, chatting to residents, and I’m involved in each resident’s regular care review. That’s my opportunity to find out what they’d like to see more of on the menu. I always act quickly to make changes, so residents can enjoy healthy home-cooked meals tailored to their needs and tastes.
In my spare time I enjoy playing football with my sons. I also have a green belt in karate!
I’m a team leader at Larkland House as well as the home’s infection control and prevention champion.
In my latter role I support the team to reduce the risks of infection to residents, relatives, visitors and colleagues by helping to create and maintain an environment that supports safe and clean care.
I’ve had specialist training in IPC so that I can act as a role model for best IPC practice at all times, ensuring regulatory, legal and standards requirements are being met. I work closely with the management team at Larkland House as well as the Care UK IPC leads.
I’ve worked for Care UK since 2015. I took on this IPC champion role in addition to my team leader duties as I wanted to stretch myself, learn new things and support residents, colleagues, the home and Care UK to help combat Covid-19. I’ve been able to start studying for an NVQ level 5 and to work alongside the management team, which have both been great opportunities.
My mum, Eileen, adopted me when I was eight weeks old in 2011.
My full name is Bailieboro, after the town in Ireland where Mum comes from. My friends call me Bailie. You can too if you like.
I might have a few years under my collar, but I've discovered a new lease of life since I've been 'on the road' with Mum. Each week, we leave home in South Wales on a Monday and stay in a hotel for a few days so Mum can do her home visits.
I always go with Mum to her homes. I'm loving seeing all the residents and teams in the different care homes, and everyone welcomes me like a VIP. My special talent is to 'break the ice' with new residents and families. I switch on the charm – big smile, tail wagging – and no one can resist me. Instantly, a new person will start chatting to Mum about their dogs and other pets they've had – job done, ice broken! I do one-to-one resident room visits on request too.
I also like to ensure everything's running smoothly by attending home manager and ops director meetings. Don’t tell Mum, but I'm mainly here to keep my eye on her. Well otherwise she'll be jumping out of a plane again!
Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.
Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family.
The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.
Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.
From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.
All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes.
Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.