I joined Lauder Lodge in early 2019. I had worked with another care home provider as a home manager, but I was keen to join Care UK because its core ethos of fulfilling residents’ lives is why I chose a career in care. I’m passionate about delivering quality care to older people and love working with my team to enable residents to enjoy meaningful experiences every day, and enhance their lives.
A highlight for me of any day is having the chance to walk around the home. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with the people we care for, and to check that colleagues have everything they need. It helps to keep me connected to what’s happening around the home and why we do what we do.
It’s still early days for me at Lauder Lodge, but I’m looking forward to getting to know the residents, their families and my colleagues, and working together to make Lauder Lodge one of the best care homes in Edinburgh – and beyond.
I’m a qualified nurse and have worked in a children’s clinic as well as in older people’s care. Joining Lauder Lodge has been very exciting for me: commissioning a new home is a challenge, and the whole team has worked closely together to create a wonderful home from home.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know the team in the process, identifying their strengths and using them to everyone’s advantage. I’m enjoying watching the team grow while providing exceptional service and tailored care for every resident.
I’m infamous for my sweet tooth, so I particularly enjoy afternoon tea time, when I can spend time with the residents, sharing stories and memories over a cup of tea and, of course, freshly baked goodies!
Outside of work, shopping is a guilty pleasure of mine, followed by coffee dates with friends – usually just an excuse to get the biggest cake on display!
I spent some months looking for a care home for my mum, and eventually decided on a Care UK home. I was so impressed with the whole process and the continuing support and care my mum receives that I decided I wanted to work for the organisation.
While I used to work in customer relations in the motor industry, moving to the social care sector has been a steep learning curve, particularly getting to grips with regulations, contracts and how we work with local authorities.
One of the best aspects of my job is meeting prospective residents and their families. It's an emotional experience looking for care for a loved one, and people can often be tearful when we lift the burden from them, and they see that their loved one will be cared for like one of our family. It’s very satisfying to help families.
I'm an avid rugby fan, so in my spare time you might find me watching an Edinburgh Rugby match, or motor sport. And my favourite way to unwind is over a long lunch and a few drinks with my family.
In 2019 I joined the team at Lauder Lodge as part of the lifestyle team. Before working for Care UK I enjoyed a varied career working in both care homes and for youth and community development projects in India and Nigeria.
As a lifestyle coordinator I need to have imagination, patience, and above all flexibility. I am always thinking of ways to make sure every activity we organise is suitable for the needs and interests of residents. My favourite part of my job is working with such a great team to give the residents the best experiences possible.
Outside of work my biggest interest is football. I am a lover of the beautiful game, from grassroots to supporting my team, Liverpool. I also enjoy reading, cooking and socialising with friends.
I have a background in care and worked as an activities coordinator before joining the team at Lauder Lodge in 2019. I had heard good things about Care UK and after a recommendation from a friend I decided to take the role here.
Interacting with the residents is the highlight of my day. From the daily activities we organise to big celebrations such as a 100th birthday parties, every day is different and exciting at Lauder Lodge. When I’m not at work entertaining residents I love to bake, read and watch movies.
I’ve worked in the hotel, restaurant and leisure industry for most of my career and I’ve cooked for people like Princess Anne and David Attenborough. In 2017, I fancied a new challenge and wanted to go outside my comfort zone. Here at Lauder Lodge I have the chance to give residents a restaurant-style dining experience and to set a new standard in care home catering.
I enjoy meal times the most here as all the time and effort that you’ve put into preparing, creating and cooking the food comes to fruition when the dishes are served. Residents really enjoy what we do for them and they pass on their compliments, which makes it worth it.
I'm passionate about making care home catering the best it can be, so I was delighted to win Care UK's Chef of the Year competition in 2018. I love experimenting with new menus and dishes for residents to enjoy, and the competition was a chance to showcase my skills and creativity.
Away from work, I unwind by playing football with my kids. We’re a football-loving family and kicking a ball about is a great way to de-stress.
I joined the Lauder Lodge team after a friend, who works for the organisation, recommended it. I’ve worked in a number of different sectors before coming here, but that means I can turn my hand to most things!
I love every aspect of my job. I view my team as taking care of our care home and the residents within it, and our colleagues. It’s lovely how thankful the residents always are for what we do. It makes me feel good about myself and the job I do. I definitely think working with older people changes you for the better. It makes you look at life differently, and recognise what is really important.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, watching movies or going to the gym.
I joined Care UK in 2020, having always wanted to work for the company. I previously worked as a carer and it was Care UK who gave me the aspirations of becoming a nurse.
I decided to become the home’s Infection Prevention and Control Champion because the safety of our staff and residents is very important to me. This role allows me to audit, train and make sure infection control standards are maintained and I enjoy making residents and staff feel happy where they live and work.
My key responsibilities in the home are to provide a holistic approach to care and to support colleagues and residents.
To be good in this role, a person needs to be motivated, trustworthy and a good role model. You also need to be approachable for people in need of advice or training.
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