New manager at the helm of £6m Stansted care home

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Care UK has announced the appointment of home manager, Allison Squires, who takes to the helm of the new Stansted Mountfitchet care home, Mountfitchet House, as it gears up to welcome its first residents in October.

Situated on the corner of Coltsfield and High Lane, minutes from Stansted Mountfitchet train station, Mountfitchet House is a purpose-built £6 million care home from Care UK which is on track to create up to 100 jobs and will accommodate up to 60 residents.

Featuring its very own vintage-themed cinema, hairdressing salon and coffee shop, the care home will provide a range of quality care services for older people, including residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, as well as short term respite, palliative, and sensitive end of life care.

Allison Squires takes on the role as home manager, with responsibility for the day to day running of Mountfitchet House.  With a career in the health and social care industry spanning more than 30 years, Allison is a qualified nurse who has built up specialist experience caring for people living with dementia.

Speaking about her new position, Allison said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as home manager for Mountfitchet House, and I am taking great pleasure in playing a part in commissioning the new home and getting it up and running as we head towards our opening.

“I strongly believe our residents should be the focus of the home and at the centre of everything we do - it is important to remember Mountfitchet House is our residents’ home and we are guests within it.  I will be leading the way in ensuring our residents lead fulfilling lives, with activity based care, and I look forward to getting to know them and their families.” 

Allison will work closely with the newly appointed senior level team at Mountfitchet House, including customer relations manager, Sharon Butler, who joins the team to provide the all-important link between prospective residents, their friends and families, and the home.  Sharon will also act as the lynchpin between the home and the local community.  

Carrie Pilgrim takes on the role of clinical lead, with responsibility for recruiting and managing a first class team of nursing staff, and for overseeing all aspects of clinical care within the home.

Khalid Amrone joins Mountfitchet House as head chef.  He will run the kitchen with a remit to ensure all residents have the option of a healthy balanced diet, utilising a wide range of fresh ingredients. 

Also key to the smooth running of the home are Business Administrator, Kaz Farrant; Head of Maintenance, Gerald Jones; and Head Housekeeper, Paula Jones.

Caron Sanders-Crook, regional director for Care UK, said: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Squires and the senior level team at Mountfitchet House.  This is a flagship home for Care UK and, while every detail has been considered to provide the highest standards of person-centred care, having the right people on board is key to the overall experience of our future residents.

“Allison is a hands-on manager, who is clearly looking forward to being involved in all aspects of daily life within the home.  With her experience, skills and track record, I am sure she will lead the team and drive standards to ensure Mountfitchet House is a sought-after and reputable care home.”

Mountfitchet House will welcome its first residents in October.  In the meantime, visitors can take a look around a show suite, with viewings available by appointment.

Care UK runs 113 care homes and also provides care for thousands of people living in their own homes. For more general information, please go to www.careuk.com.

Image caption (l-r):  Gerald Jones, Head of Maintenance; Carrie Pilgrim, Clinical Lead; Paula Jones, Head Housekeeper; Sharon Butler, Customer Relations Manager; Kaz Farrant, Business Administrator; Khalid Amrone, Head Chef; Allison Squires, Home Manager.

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