St Mary's Court Care Home, Braintree, Essex

We asked some of our award-winning team at St Mary’s Court and our sister care home The New Deanery, to tell us about their job roles.

Derf Galuso, Senior Care Assistant

I would summarise my key areas of responsibility as follows: leading the team, doing medication rounds, care planning and reviewing, doing staff supervisions and appraisals, working with other health professionals and relatives towards meeting service user needs.

I am motivated to come into work every morning by the significance of my role in the lives of our service users. The thought of the difference my input has when I am working gives me a kind of buzz, an excitement.

I chose to become a carer because I enjoy helping people living their lives and at the same time this is fulfilling to me, my life would not be the same if I did not work here.

I am very happy here at St Mary’s Court and would recommend it as a place of work because it gives you everything you would expect from a place of business; personal support, professional support, and career growth. I would go as far as saying if you join our team at St Mary’s Court, you will come away with not just colleagues, you will find family too.

Allison Horley, Care Assistant

I joined The New Deanery as a Care Assistant in September 2012 and I am very proud of what I have achieved during that time. I am currently a Senior Carer and am happy to be a member of the team at The New Deanery.

The best words to describe my job are: rewarding, emotional and fulfilling.

One of the best things about working here is that we have an in-house trainer which means that you can arrange times and dates to do your training around shifts. Kindness, Comfort and Respect is a fantastic concept it is recognition for the things we all do daily.

What I do on a typical day:

08:00 Arrange the shift and have the handover from previous shift

08:20 Start medication round

09:40 Make phone calls, arranging doctors’ visits, results and other appointments for our residents

10:00 Show district nurses and phlebotomists to residents

10:30 Spend time with residents, check rooms

11:15 Write notes regarding residents’ health and general looks

11:30 GP visits with residents

13:30 Medication round

14:00 Arrange the shift and have the handover with oncoming shift

I get great pleasure out of my work, helping our residents enjoy the rest of their days is very rewarding and meaningful. I would say to someone thinking of coming to work here that it is not just a work place but a home filled with kindness and love. Our residents are our extended family and all our staff are filled with kindness, respect and love.

Wendy Salmon, Admin Assistant

My job in three words is challenging, rewarding and sociable.

I relish the fact that I work in a great team and coming in, in the morning I look forward to seeing the residents. In particular, when the unexpected happens, one day I had a chocolate fountain next to my desk for the whole afternoon.

My role generally involves, recording messages, ensuring staff and resident files are up-to-date and welcoming visitors into the home.

When I needed to change my working hours, the company was so flexible with me and gave me the opportunity to transition from being a Care Assistant to working in admin.

To someone thinking of coming to work here I would say go for it! It is a good company to work for and is a very welcoming and a good environment.