I have three decades’ experience of working in the care home sector, and 17 of those have been as a Registered Manager for care companies of all sizes. This is the first time I’ve worked for Care UK, and I was keen to join the organisation because its commitment to quality care and its ethos of care match my own. I’m passionate about enabling residents to enjoy rewarding and meaningful lives.
I love the hustle and bustle of mid-morning, when residents are up and involved in activities and are chatting together. It’s refreshing to leave the office to talk to my team and residents. I enjoy finding ways to engage residents in things that make them happy.
I’m excited to be leading a dynamic team in a new home. I have lots of ideas of ways to make Millers Grange one of Oxfordshire’s best care homes, and I’m looking forward to making them happen.
Away from work, I love cooking, baking and reading. I always try to have a long walk every evening to help me unwind and get some exercise.
Before joining Care UK I was a Deputy Nursing Manager. When Millers Grange opened I was interested in joining the team. It was a new home and a fresh challenge. As the home’s Deputy Manager I support the team and the Home Manager and meet the residents’ needs to the best of my ability.
The morning is my favourite time of day, as I get to speak to the night team and find out what’s been happening. Feedback and teamwork are all-important as we strive to continuously improve what we do as a team at Millers Grange.
I also start to say good morning to the residents as they wake up, and I’ll spend some time planning the day with my team.
I love seeing the residents happy and hearing people laughing in lounges or corridors. That creates a lovely atmosphere, and I can’t ask for more if everyone’s happy – apart from maybe an ‘outstanding’ rating for the home at the next CQC inspection!
I joined Care UK and Millers Grange because I wanted to work for an organisation that would enable me to use my skills and extend my experience and knowledge. I wholeheartedly support the Care UK values of creating meaningful lifestyles for residents, and I love being able to support residents to live their best life. Residents are central to everything we do here at Millers Grange.
I’m a qualified personal trainer and am passionate about the importance of physical activity at all stages of life. I have specialist exercise qualifications in exercise for older people and people living with common medical conditions, and I used to run exercise and relaxation classes at the Elms Health and Wellbeing Centre in Witney.
I love being with residents during activities and hearing the stories of their lives. When a resident says ‘that was lovely, thank you’, I know I’m doing things right. I’m looking forward to developing lifestyles and activities at Millers Grange so that we can enable residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
I have spent most of my working career in hotels, restaurants, and heritage sites, so this is my first venture into working in the care environment. This is whole new challenge to me and after speaking to various people within the company I was absolutely sold on the idea of providing great food, great hospitality and great care.
A massive thing for me is understanding and knowing what residents want, spending time with each individual and having the freedom to express myself.
With Care UK having over 100 sites I am determined for Millers Grange to stand out.
Outside of work I love my spending time with baby daughter, watching football and of course eating out at as many places possible.
I joined the Millers Grange team in 2019 when the home first opened. I started out as Receptionist. I wanted to work where I had the potential to develop my skills and knowledge. I was also keen to work in a rewarding sector, and it doesn’t get much more rewarding than the care sector!
You need a combination of skills in this role, including good time management and a strict understanding of confidentiality and GDPR. It’s also important to be a good listener and have emotional intelligence, because there are lots of emotions involved when families are considering care for a loved one.
It was a huge highlight for me to become the home’s Business Administrator. It was an opportunity to grow my experience and skills and to be more involved in supporting new residents, their families and my colleagues.
I’ve worked in the care sector for nearly two decades. I started out as a Healthcare Assistant, and became an Activities Coordinator and then moved into Maintenance, when I worked in a medium secure hospital.
I was keen to join the Millers Grange team as I felt I had valuable skills and experience that would benefit residents and colleagues. While the shift into maintenance was quite a challenge, I would say that I’m now in my dream job. I get such a feeling of achievement from helping people.
It’s hugely rewarding to work in a caring environment where you can enable residents to live their life in a comfortable setting, and Millers Grange has such a strong family feel about it. I really enjoy taking part in the ‘resident of the day’ initiative where we review all aspects of each resident’s life at the home each month. It’s a lovely way to catch up with people. I check that everything is working in the resident’s room, and that their room is set up exactly how they like it.
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