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Maureen Barrett

home manager

I qualified as a general nurse in 1982 and then worked in hospitals throughout the UK before moving into residential care. I became a care home manager in 2000 and worked at several homes in the Aberdeen area, before arriving at Tor-Na-Dee as a brand new home in 2008.

I'm a very positive, driven person and always aim to do the best I can for residents and the home. I love to see that residents are well looked after and that they feel happy and contented. And it's reassuring to know that residents' families are really pleased with the care that we provide.

It's also rewarding to watch team members develop and blossom. I'm proud of how Tor-Na-Dee has progressed since it opened and the high standard of care that our knowledgeable team provides every single day. We do lots of surveys among residents, families and the people that work here, to gather feedback and suggestions, and we have monthly meetings with residents and relatives. I also hold a monthly manager's surgery but my door is always open to anyone who'd like to talk.

In my own time, I squeeze in as much as I can – I enjoy going to the theatre and the cinema, as well as reading and doing crosswords. And I like to keep active too, with Zumba and tai chi classes.

Karen Ewen

deputy manager

I joined Tor-Na-Dee in 2018. I’m a trained nurse and have managed homes in the past. I enjoy working with teams to find new ways to improve the care we provide to residents and their families. 

There’s a great team at Tor-Na-Dee, who are passionate about making each day the best it can be for residents. They’ve been very supportive – helping me to find my feet at the home. We’re focused on making Tor-Na-Dee the home of choice for people looking for quality care in Aberdeen.

I spend my free time with my family, particularly my grandchildren, who keep me busy. I’m also a keen sports fan, including football and golf. 

Jancy Shaju

deputy manager

I’m an experienced nurse and I joined Care UK in 2012. 

Having worked my way up the ranks, I know how important it is to share knowledge and information with the team, and the need to be open and honest. Everyone has great ideas and should be listened to, so that’s what I always aim to do. 

I love working with residents and making them laugh. Every person we care for is special and I’m proud to be helping them to enjoy a great quality of life. Every day is busy and brings different challenges, but we work well as a team at Tor Na Dee, and it’s a happy care home. It’s a great place to work – I enjoy my job and helping the team to deliver great care to residents and their families. 

Marie Christie

lifestyle coordinator

I first came to Tor-Na-Dee as a Therapet volunteer, but I liked the atmosphere and caring ethos of the home so much that I decided to become part of the team. 

I used to be a primary school teacher, and I have four children of my own, so I’m patient and caring. I think it’s important to be empathetic in this role and aware of each resident’s preferences and needs too. Being able to build a rapport with residents is vital too, so that they feel valued, secure and happy. Seeing smiling faces is the best reward for what I do.

I enjoy one-to-one time with residents the most. They share their stories and photos of family, friends, much-loved pets and past times. It’s a chance to really get to know a person. 

Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family. I also have three dogs who keep me busy with regular country walks!

Anna Phillip

lifestyle coordinator

I’ve worked as a voice therapist and an artist, and I joined Tor-Na-Dee in 2014. I’ve found that, to be successful in this role, it’s important to be flexible, caring and kind. It’s good to have a positive approach to life and be keen to help others to live their life as fully as possible. 

My favourite moments are spent with residents, getting to know them and the things that give them meaning. Once I understand them better and know what’s important to them, I do my best to help them to fulfil their wishes. We care for some wonderful people, which I see as a genuine privilege.

We have fantastic gardens and outdoor spaces here at Tor-Na-Dee, so it’s always good to get outside and enjoy them when we can. Simply getting out into the fresh air and having a stroll around can make all the difference to people’s mood.  

Lotte Grooby

lifestyle coordinator

I’ve spent many years in the care sector. I’ve supported children and adults of all ages with special needs. I’ve also been the joint manager in a small care home. I love what I do, and the fact that no two days are the same. You need to be adaptable and ready for anything in this role but the rewards are fantastic – just knowing you’ve made a difference to a person’s day is a great feeling. 

My favourite part of the day is any time I can spend with residents, sharing stories and listening to their experiences. It’s very fulfilling to help them to rediscover hobbies and interests or even explore new ones. 

I’ve very into arts and crafts and spend my spare time doing many of the activities we do at Tor-Na-Dee, including crochet. I like to unwind by doing yoga, or spending time with friends and family.

Jay Ralalage

head chef

I’ve worked for Care UK since 2011 – getting this role was definitely a career highlight as I hadn’t been a head chef before. Doing this role has been great for helping me to develop my leadership skills. I’ve also learnt about care home catering, which is a very specific part of the catering sector as you’re supporting people who have very in-depth nutritional and physical requirements. 

I love getting in to the home first thing in the morning and planning the day ahead, making sure everything is in place. While you never know what each day will bring, it’s good to have a plan. 

I never tire of cooking for the residents and getting to know them. Everyone is different and has varied needs and tastes. My team knows each person’s individual preferences and requirements, and we cater for them. 

Supawadee (Grace) French

business administrator

I joined Tor-Na-Dee in 2018. I’ve had quite a varied background: I’ve worked in administration, customer service, sales and accountancy. I joined Care UK as a care assistant before becoming business administrator.

Every day is different at Tor-Na-Dee. In this role it helps to be a multitasker. It’s also important to be able to keep up in what can be a very busy environment. Being positive, kind and caring is important. 

One of the best parts of my role is being able to chat to, and get to know, residents and relatives. I do a lot of showrounds, which I enjoy, and I relish showcasing our wonderful care home and team to visitors and prospective residents. 

Away from work, I like to keep active: going to the gym, playing tennis or running after work. I also like going out with my family and discovering new places. 

Scott Green

maintenance

I joined Care UK and Tor-Na-Dee in 2018. I was in a similar role for another care provider, and I was keen to have a change and a new challenge. It’s been great to make new friends and get to know the residents and their families, and find ways I can help them. Everyone’s very sociable and friendly here – colleagues and residents. There’s a strong family atmosphere, so everyone settles in very quickly. 

There’s always plenty to do in my role, including regular checks, painting and decorating and health and safety paperwork. It’s helpful to have a range of practical and communication skills. I find the morning is a good time to get going with tasks: I can get a lot done before the home gets busy.  

I love the outdoors, so whenever I have time to myself I’m out hill walking or mountain biking. I also go skiing whenever I can. 

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