A qualified Registered General Nurse with experience as a deputy manager / clinical lead and as a care home manager within a Dementia home. Sue has worked in several different fields such as in a hospital, within the community, Marie Curie and has been working in the home care sector since 2012.
Nikki is our Home Admissions Advisor at Fairmile Grange and Great Oaks care homes. She is a registered nurse and has experience of elderly rehabilitation.
“I will always do my very best to support families and have a wealth of experience in care. I assist in any way that I can to make the transition as smooth as possible and help residents to feel comfortable. I look forward to meeting new families and welcoming them into our wonderful homes.”
Sarah worked for Bupa Care Homes for nearly 30 years. Her career has spanned the hotel industry, however, she continued to work part time as an HCA. In 2002 Sarah returned to the care sector full time and became receptionist at a care home until she was promoted to Financial Administrator.
Debbie joined Great Oaks when it first opened in July 2018. She previously worked in a doctor’s surgery for 13 years and has a wealth of experience as a receptionist/administrator.
“Working at Great Oaks is like being part of a large extended family. As first point of contact, I like to feel I offer a cheery welcoming smile to visitors whilst also providing a caring, sympathetic approach to residents and families in times of need. I love being part of something that makes a difference to people’s lives.”
Jake gained a university degree in Sports Journalism but wanted a role where he could make a real difference. Jake has since achieved an NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership, VRQ in Dementia Awareness and VRQ in Awareness of Mental Health Problems. He previously worked for two years as an Activities Coordinator within a residential and dementia care home in Bournemouth.
“I really look forward to meeting new residents and family members. I love to see residents living enriched lives and I hope to help improve their energy and engagement levels.”
Michele worked as a Care Assistant (HCA) for more than 30 years. She gained valuable care experience in the ICU department at Bournemouth Hospital. Michele has worked as a Care Team Leader within care homes for many years and takes great joy in caring for residents. Michele’s sunny disposition and enthusiasm for making residents smile however, found her drawn to the position of Wellbeing Assistant.
Tony has worked in care since 2010; starting out as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) and then for the last 3 years, as a Senior HCA. Prior to this, Tony spent several years as a platoon sergeant in the infantry. He has also managed two successful businesses, as well as his own company until the global economic downturn. Tony joined Great Oaks as a Senior Carer in February 2018.
“I am very passionate about the work that I do. Being a carer is a career choice, not just a job. Every day is different – I love the variety and making sure residents receive the highest standards of care and companionship.”
Patrick has been working as a Head Chef for over 18 years. Patrick enjoys learning about new culinary techniques and flavours, which he can incorporate into his menus. Patrick has specialised in the production of dysphasia meals, so residents who have difficulties with swallowing are able to enjoy a flavoursome, nutritious and well-presented meal that is cooked to their specific needs.
Lisa has been a Housekeeper Manager for 18 years and has worked for holiday parks and an outdoor activity centre. She took a 6 month break to manage a pub, but realised her interest lay with maintaining high standards of hygiene and organisation within establishments. Lisa joined Great Oaks when it opened in the summer of 2017.
“I strive to ensure that we meet residents’ expectations in cleanliness and that we provide a professional and responsive laundry service. I really enjoy speaking with residents and their families and it’s important to me that they feel comfortable and at home.”