As Home Manager of Oaken Holt, I lead a professional team in providing the highest standards of residential and nursing care for up to 55 residents with varying needs.
After qualifying as a nurse 30 years ago, I began my career as a hospital staff nurse before moving into roles within care home nursing and community placements, which I found incredibly rewarding. My love of these roles helped me develop my core skills and I have now been managing care homes for over ten years.
I love leading a team of dedicated staff and hope to always inspire people to create a lively and friendly atmosphere. The Wellbeing team at Oaken Holt encourage everyone to get involved, whether it’s a singalong, exercise session or a quiz. Oaken Holt is our resident’s home and we strive to respect that, whilst keeping them safe and well in a comfortable environment.
Choosing a care home can be a daunting time for residents and their families, often people find it difficult to imagine themselves reaching a point where they are leaving their own home. We help to overcome this by showing our residents that a care home can be a warm and loving environment, where people can lead fulfilled lives, learn some new skills and make great friends.
Working with older people is very rewarding as they have such interesting stories to tell. Knowing that what we do makes such a difference to our residents inspires and gives us tremendous satisfaction. The dedication of the team at Oaken Holt and a smile or a shared joke with a resident makes it worthwhile.
Travelling is a love of mine, as a result I like to learn languages. Growing up in Wales, Welsh is my second language and I can get by with my French, and I am now tackling Italian. I have travelled extensively and lived overseas but there is still so much to see.
When at home I love to be in my garden or walking my dogs and spending time with my big noisy extended family.