Karen Curle has more than 25 years’ experience of managing care homes and has been manager of Wade House since 2003. She explains why she finds her work so fulfilling.
My first career was as a riding instructor and I spent time working in England and overseas in Italy too. But I’ve been a care home manager since the late 1980s, when I started working in the family business – my mother owned a care home here in Suffolk, which she’d built up from the beginning. When she took the decision to sell the home, I continued to work as a home manager in the public sector. Over the years I’ve worked at a number of care homes in Suffolk, including three years as manager of Glastonbury Court.
There are so many things that I love about this job. It’s wonderful to be able to support residents and see them thrive as individuals. My goal is for each person to feel completely relaxed and at home.
One of my favourite memories of life at Wade House is watching residents perform as the ‘Wade House Wailers’ choir. Residents formed and named the choir themselves and held rehearsals with the help of a local chorister. After a month they performed a fantastic, energetic carol concert for friends, family and all of the team here. It was a really special event.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time in the fresh countryside air – I like taking long walks and I’m also interested in birdwatching. And ever since living in Italy, I’ve had a passion for cooking Italian food.