As the Home Manager, I have a qualified nursing background after starting my training in 1982 at Ipswich hospital where I then worked on their medical wards as a Staff Nurse. Following getting married and starting a family I returned to work as a Staff Nurse in 1992 to work in care homes progressing from part-time to full-time and then being promoted to a Deputy Nurse position.
In 2007 I undertook my first home management position running a 25 bed nursing home. After gaining invaluable experience I went on from there to manage a dementia specialist care home with 43 bedrooms. Both these roles helped in my development, experience and knowledge resulting in me having over 11 years of involvement in managing Nursing, Residential and Dementia homes.
Over the years care homes have changed, but my passion and emphasis has always been on the care and quality of life of the residents within my home. Supporting and developing the team around me is also something that is important to me, as this enhances the residents lives and drives outstanding care so they can have the most fulfilled lives possible.
I enjoy all aspects of managing a care home and work continually to maintain all aspects of care to the highest standards, while supporting my staff in line with the Caring Homes ethos.
Margaret came to live at Cotman House following a hip replacement operation. Having previously had two heart attacks as well as mobility difficulties, she was finding shopping and running her home increasingly arduous. She also knew that her two daughters were constantly worried about her living on her own. Now, instead of struggling to keep...Read more