Care of the Elderly was a passion of mine right from the start and has been my focus for over 30 years. I began my nursing career in 1986 in Jersey qualifying as an RGN nurse in 1989.
Following qualification, I gained 10 years’ experience nursing in Europe, mainly in France and Italy where I specialised as a Clinical Nurse trainer and quality auditor for a global elderly care company, ensuring staff were trained to the highest levels and residents were cared for to the highest standards, before returning to the UK and finally Jersey.
My professional development and further qualifications have concentrated on elderly palliative care, dementia, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and grief and bereavement counselling. For the last 20 years I have gained invaluable experience in the roles of Unit Manager, to Deputy Manager posts and finally Home Manager.
I enjoy all aspects of my work including the daily challenges working closely with many professionals to achieve a happy home environment where our residents can enjoy a peaceful and person centred retirement. Specialising in Dementia has led to the completion of my master’s degree in Dementia, and full involvement of training and supporting staff in the Caring Homes bespoke City and Guilds accredited “Living in my World” dementia training.
I lead by example to ensure the teams are encouraged, supported and valued, so all aspects of care can be maintained to the highest standards in accordance to caring homes philosophy.