Before I joined Murrayside in 2018 I’d worked in the property sector. Most recently I worked in a company selling retirement developments, helping older people to move into assisted living. Moving here seemed like the perfect progression for me. I was attracted to Care UK’s approach to quality and customer care, and I find supporting older people is a real privilege.
I love showing people around Murrayside and introducing them to our talented team. Visitors are always keen to know about the activities we offer and there is always plenty going on here. I also enjoy welcoming new residents. It’s so important that they and their families are made to feel comfortable. It’s a big step to move into residential care, so ensuring people feel settled is crucial.
I moved to Murrayside in 2018 after spending 27 years in some of the best kitchens in the world. But I felt it was time to give something back to the community and use my skills to make other people’s lives better. This was the perfect opportunity to do that.
Immediately prior to joining the team at Murrayside, I was the head chef in a 100-bedroom hotel. There are many similarities to heading the kitchen of a big hotel and a big care home: you need to be punctual, patient, calm and good with people.
I’m really enjoying the challenge of providing residents with delicious and freshly prepared menu options that also meet their nutritional and dietary needs. Care UK’s ethos is all about helping residents to live fulfilling lives, and I believe that food plays a key part in that – supporting their health and wellbeing while bringing added joy to their day.
Away from work I don’t get much time to have hobbies as I have three daughters who take up all my time!
I’ve been the head housekeeper in a five-star hotel, and I joined Care UK because the company has a superb reputation for being committed to delivering the same level of standards. I’m passionate about delivering the best in everything I do, so I was keen to work somewhere that reflected my own values.
I love being busy and doing different things, so I enjoy every day. I take pride in our beautiful home and in leading a great time. I think the details are all-important, and I like spotting the little things that make all the difference to residents.
That attention to detail is carried through in my interests outside of work – I love doing crafts, and I bring things in for my colleagues and the residents. It’s lovely to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.