I have been a qualified nurse for 23 years for local hospitals. I have a varied background to my nursing career starting in a surgical high dependency unit. Following this I became the manager for an acute assessment unit for medical and surgical conditions. Within this unit I would assess a person clinical needs and initiate treatments prior to the doctors assessments. This gave me valuable experience to take upon the role of site manager for the hospital out of hours. I was the most senior person within the hospital managing the capacity and flows through the system, and also being 1st assessor to a deteriorating patient.
My most recent and senior role was as frailty matron for an intermediate care setting. I worked in partnership with the CCG to give integrated care to non acute patients who required ongoing rehabilitation. The purpose of the unit was to promote the persons wellbeing and assess them to transfer back to a community setting. I have a strong background of dementia care and was trained in this specialism by NHS London.
One of my most rewarding events to date was to be commended by Kings college hospital for my outstanding contribution to care.
I am strongly passionate within dementia and frailty. I believe everyone should be shown dignity and respect each individuals wishes. My team is classed as my staff, residents and families. We all work together to achieve the best outcome.
What I do
I qualified as a teacher in 2005, but my path changed in 2012 when I came to the UK and started working in the care sector as a care assistant. I have experience in both nursing and residential care homes which enabled me to gain more in depth knowledge of differing care needs. I’m a great believer in that no two residents are the same and that each have differing needs, desires and preferences.
I have developed through training and practice and besides being a care assistant I have been an activity coordinator, a team leader and I currently have over 3 years experience as a Deputy Manager.
My biggest achievement to date has been occupying a position as Acting Manager in my previous workplace. It wasa very rewarding position, full of new challenges from which I have learnt a lot and gained good understanding of the management role in a care home which I look forward to bringing to Leah Lodge. I am currently working on my Leadership and Management level 5 Diploma and I am using every opportunity to share my experience with the team and to get involved in our residents care. I am very passionate about elderly and Dementia care which I aim to pass on to the rest of the team. The reason I started working with Leah Lodge and Cinnamon Care Collection is that we are all united and share the same values: passion, dedication and respect. I look forward to meeting you.
What do I do: It is my privilege to be a member of the Cinnamon team as a Residential Service Advisor. I share in the journey of moving families towards the next chapter of their lives supporting each step of the way. We offer a lifestyle full of compassion and joy and enable our residents to live their lives to the fullest.
Experience: I have had the pleasure of being involved in residential real estate and interior design for over 20 years and celebrating that exciting time with families. Volunteering has also been a large part of my life in a health care environment supporting individuals and their families by offering support, guidance and friendship.
I have recently moved from Western Canada to enjoy a lifetime with my partner and with family and friends. We enjoy taking long walks in the Woodlands, picking new National Trust destinations each weekend to tour, and trying new recipes.
I am overjoyed to be part of the Leah Lodge team. I am really excited to watch this home be successful and, most of all, see the residents receiving excellent care and living in the luxury accommodation we offer.
Being part of the team from the beginning gives me great pleasure; I have been able to get to know our residents and their families, and show the pride and passion we aim to deliver to Leah Lodge at all times.
I have worked in varied roles within the care industry for the last five years. These range from working in the Support Office delivering general support to the homes when they were under pressure, completing payrolls, purchase ledger, sales and finance. Whist I enjoyed the variety of work, the best part for me was being out visiting the homes, helping the employees and mainly caring for the residents. That is what led me to work as an Administrator at Leah Lodge.
My working experiences include working in a care home environment, 4 & 5 star hotels and also leisure centre’s for the past 30 years’.
Myself and my highly-experienced team, are really enjoying making sure that very high standards are maintained, so that residents, visitors and staff have a clean, safe, welcoming environment to live in, visit and work.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing music, socialising with friends and family and walking my dog Edna.