Care home takes part in UK cel­e­bra­tion of our amaz­ing care sec­tor

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A BRETBY nurs­ing home took part last week in #Glad­to­care Aware­ness Week – a na­tional aware­ness event ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing staff in the care sec­tor.

The man­ager at Cedar Court Nurs­ing Home, Marie Pick­er­ing, said: “I have worked at Cedar Court for al­most 33 years and can hon­estly can say that I have never not wanted to come to work, as I class it as a va­ca­tion. I hope I make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the peo­ple I look af­ter, as they make a dif­fer­ence to my life. Work­ing with my team is a plea­sure and we sup­port each other in the most chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions.”

Her staff agree. One, TP, a carer at the home, said: “I like work­ing at Cedar Court be­cause we have a good team. They are not just col­leagues but friends. You get the sup­port from Marie, whose door is al­ways open for a chat. I love go­ing home, know­ing that I have put a smile on the res­i­dents’ faces.”

CJ, also a carer, said: “I en­joy work­ing at Cedar Court as the staff are very sup­port­ive and we have a great team. Marie is fan­tas­tic and is much more than a man­ager. Com­ing to work brings me joy through­out the day, and see­ing the smiles we put on res­i­dents’ faces gives me sat­is­fac­tion.”

The home took ad­van­tage of a free #Glad­to­care dig­i­tal tool­kit in­clud­ing dec­o­ra­tive bunt­ing and dis­play posters.

The week was spear­headed by Per­son Cen­tred Soft­ware and Au­tumna, two ma­jor play­ers in the care in­dus­try,

Heidi Thomas, head of mar­ket­ing at Per­son Cen­tred Soft­ware, said: “The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in care homes caused by coro­n­avirus has been tremen­dously dif­fi­cult, with care work­ers putting them­selves at in­creased risk to do a job that of­ten goes un­no­ticed and un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated.”

She said the aim of #Glad­to­care Aware­ness Week was “to chal­lenge the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion of care by shin­ing a light on all of the in­cred­i­ble work that’s been done, and con­tin­ues to be done, within the in­dus­try”.

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