In our first #Winter #Warmers article we shared some of the reasons our care team members gave for choosing a career working with older people, and recently we shared some heart-warming feedback to our colleagues from the family members of our lovely residents.
Today we are reflecting back on some of our favourite news items from 2017; celebrating the dedication and hard work of our loyal care team members.
Earlier this year Bangor Care Home celebrated over 100 years of service. Mauro Magbitang, Home Manager, explains the importance of recognising our dedicated colleagues and their importance to the home: “Having continuity and routine in a care home is important for the residents. They get to know the team on a personal basis, and to some extent, see them as members of their family. I am very proud of the team here and congratulate those who have received awards.”
Across the Irish Sea we celebrated over 75 years experience held by 5 of our team members at Dene Grange. Nanette Swan, Home Manager said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in Dene Grange by the rest of the team, the residents and the relatives.”
It’s not just our residents who benefit from our colleagues’ dedication, one of our Clinical lead Nurses shared their experiences and how they have developed after over 10 years working at Four Seasons Health Care:
“… Nursing within a Four Seasons care home is very challenging, however hand on heart, it’s the best feeling ever… rewarding is an understatement. These residents are your extended family and you have the opportunity to make a difference to people lives’.
“There are many misconceptions about care home nursing; (that) you will lose your skills and they (care homes) are places for nurses to retire. Certainly not true, I have probably learnt more than I possibly would have done on a general ward. (I am) working autonomously using my own nursing practice and decision making skills.
“Since qualifying 3 years ago, I have undertaken the Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification, completed the Mentorship programme which is accredited by a university (and been) awarded an RCN scholarship for postgraduate study.
“Not all care homes are the same and it would be wrong of me to say they are all perfect, but what I can say is that as a nurse don’t look at the negatives, have the motivation and determination to change these negatives to positives….it’s what we as nurses are trained to do….to improve patient care…”
It’s always a privilege to recognise our colleagues for long-standing service. Often they have been at the heart of our key developments within the home, helping to drive initiatives and supporting and mentoring our new care team members. They are simply great examples of what it means to be a Four Seasons Health Care team member and we thank them for their dedication.