Our team at
Parker Meadows

Trusted to care in Fareham, Hampshire

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Meet our friendly care team

It is the people who make our home a truly happy and caring one. At Parker Meadows, our experienced team of dedicated professionals all undergo Care UK's in-depth training programme. The whole team works to make sure that residents' needs are at the heart of everything they do and that personalised care is always provided.

Matthew Smith

General Manager

Matthew Smith

Having started here in 2021, I am thrilled to work within an organisation that shares the same vision and values that I hold in providing a high-quality service to those who need it most, whilst ensuring we maximise their independence and are able to live the lives they wish to lead.

I moved into care gaining my NVQ’S, then into administration gaining my Level 2 in Business Administration, maintenance, activities and then into management positions where I completed my degree in Business, Management and Leadership. I am now proud to use those skills to be able to support team members to develop their professional development skill sets to achieve outcomes at times they don’t think is possible, alongside watching them grow not only in confidence but also developing their knowledge base to support better quality care.

When I reflect, I always look back to the first day when I interviewed them and then look at where they are today and its always a lovely journey to look back on.

Elizabeth Kinyua
Deputy Manager

I started working here in 2019 as our Clinical Lead after working in another similar care setting.

I am a qualified nurse, midwife and mentor. I have enjoyed the transition from a nurse, working on the care floor to becoming part of the management team and supporting all our team members to the best of my ability. I try to make every day an enjoyable day and love the interaction with the residents.

I am involved with all aspects of the home which has earned me the fond name of ‘Busy Lizzie’ amongst my colleagues.

Jessica Wooldridge
Home Admissions Advisor

After working for a charity in providing services in the community, I moved here in early 2020 and love supporting our residents and their families in the transition to move into our lovely home.

There is such an excitement and buzz to answering their questions and making their new home become a very happy home. I have extensive experience working with others in the Care industry and supporting people to empower themselves. I have gained qualifications in Direct Care, Fitness, Pilates, Level 3 GP Referral, Rehabilitation and Business. Currently I am working towards my NVQ Level 3 Customer Specialist Award and hope to use these developing skills to help new and existing residents and families. I love to see and hear the fun and stories listening in wonder and awe at the tales and stories behind each and every resident..

Zoe Kelly
Activities Lead Coordinator

Since September 2012 I have been proud to have achieved NVQ 3 in both Health and Social Care and certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia.

In my role I need to have good listening skills and understanding of others likes, dislikes and abilities; this enables me to plan both group and individual activities to allow residents to have fun whilst keeping their interests and personal beliefs as part of their lives.

Kathryn Snelgar
Business Administrator

I joined Care UK in June 2021, coming from a previous care home setting.

I am delighted to be able to continue to use my skills and training in business administration, leadership, safeguarding, dementia Awareness and end of life. I love that I am able to share my musical talent, playing the piano and singing, and enjoy helping the activities team run our home’s choir. I enjoy the interaction with residents and families in addition to being supportive to the whole home team.

Vanda Smith
Team Leader

I have worked here since December 2012 and have achieved my NVQ Level 2, 3 and 4 in care and NVQ Level 5 Diploma in leadership.

As well as winning Registered Manager award. Previous to that, I was an assistant Manager for Hampshire County Council for 20 years, overseeing the day-to-day running of the home supporting the Home Manager.

We need to have empathy, understanding, and be caring. I love interacting and listening to residents, showing them I really care. I work hard to fill their days with laughter and activity, both within the home and outside in our gardens. I enjoy talking and having a laugh with them, and maybe sit having a cup of tea and a natter with a slice of cake. Having that time with them makes a lot of difference.

Danielle Arreghini-Kent
Head Housekeeper

Working since 2014 and being promoted to Head Housekeeper has enabled me to achieve both my NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Team Leading.

I feel that empathy, understanding, emotional intelligence, to be able to take responsibility, attention to detail, and ability to adapt to change, enables me to deliver the highest levels of service. I love enriching the lives of all residents and supporting their family members in addition to seeing team members laugh together and with residents.

Beata Bojanowska
Receptionist

I have been working here since it first opened in 2012, and I am therefore very close with not only the other members of the team but also all of the residents.

I enjoy welcoming new residents and their families, making their visits as pleasant as possible, as well as making it feel like home to everyone who lives here. Before I moved to England, I lived in Poland, The Netherlands and France. When living in Poland I studied law and sociology and then ultimately got a degree in sociology.

Neil Lofthouse
Maintenance

I am responsible for the repairs and upkeep of the home, ensuring the safety of everyone here and making sure everything stays looking good.

I worked as a military aircraft engineer for 35 years, 12 months as a support worker and then moved as head of maintenance in a local authority care setting. I joined Care UK in January 2022, and was made to feel at home straight away. I love working with residents and making their rooms and communal areas feel just like home to them.

Maisie
Resident Ambassador

Ken and I have been married 73 years and when the time came for us to move somewhere else we relied on our daughter to find the right home.

This was the best one she found for us and we are thrilled with her choice. We have lived here for two years now. I was looking for good company and have made lots of friends here, the team are lovely, so polite and kind. Ken and I really enjoy the activities and we join in with absolutely everything. I just love the singers and musicians we have here, such fun.

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Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Carers

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. 

Nurses

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Home support roles

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. 

Infection control

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.