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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I heard that Care UK was a good company to work for, that the team at Tor-Na-Dee were very friendly and dedicated, and the home was run to a very high standard, I knew it was the place for me!
I used to work as a Pharmacist, so this is quite a change for me, but I’m glad to have made the switch. My favourite part of the day is when we are doing an activity and everyone is having a great time. It makes me feel very happy. Seeing residents laughing and smiling makes my day.
My interests outside of work include spending time with my family, walking in the Highlands, going to movies, travelling and seeing my friends.
I joined the team at Tor-Na-Dee because my dad lived here for a few years. I always enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and thought I’d like to give something back to the team for the kindness they showed my father and our family.
My working background is quite varied. I used to be cabin crew for British Airways, then, after having my children, I qualified as a Child Practitioner and worked in schools and nurseries.
I view the residents as my friends, so I enjoy spending time with them. There’s nothing better than seeing the difference we’ve made to their day – it could be chatting to them over breakfast or taking them out on a trip. We do lots of different fun activities, and I enjoy them all. Everything we do is about supporting residents to live life to the full.
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