Meet the Nightingales
SPOTLIGHT ON THE NIGHTINGALES!
I thought you may like to meet the team here at Nightingale Care Home, so this week I will introduce you to Steve and Lorna.
Steve is a Care Assistant, but for 10 years he was on the road as a lorry driver! In 2011 he decided to make a lifestyle change and moved to Norfolk with his Mother. Sadly she became ill with Cancer, and seeing the care that she needed, he felt compelled to follow a new career path in care. Steve joined us as a Care Assistant in 2013 and has attended mandatory training, studied The Principles of Dementia and more recently completed his NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care.
Well done Steve!
Today Steve told me “I absolutely love the job! These people need our help and our care, and I love the satisfaction I get by giving that to them. I’m passionate about preserving their dignity, wellbeing and making them feel wanted. Sometimes a resident gives me a smile of acknowledgement, and this makes my day.”
Lorna is our Laundry Assistant who also joined us in 2013, when she was just 18. (I confess this makes me chuckle a little – Lorna of the Laundry I find very satisfying!) At the time Lorna was studying at college, so she took on the role as a Bank member of staff (as needed), and went on to achieve Levels 2 and 3 qualifications in Public Services. Her ambition is to work in the Police Force and she had been told that she should work on developing her confidence and experience of working with people.
Lorna soon became a permanent member of the team at Nightingale Care Home, and her confidence has certainly grown! She takes great pride in her work, and particularly enjoys organising the residents’ freshly laundered clothes neatly in their wardrobes. Sometimes the ladies like to help Lorna fold the clothes, and she encourages them to join her in a friendly chat while they work together.
This week we have had the “official” photographer here, so watch out for a glimpse into life here in the near future. I look forward to putting my spotlight on a few more of the team for you to meet next time, but for now That’s all, folks!