Meet Christina, Astley View’s home manager.
We’re excited to introduce Lancashire-born Christina, our newest addition to the Evermore family, who has taken on the role of home manager at Astley View. Her person-centred approach and passion for providing the best possible care is inspiring and perfectly mirrors our values at Evermore. With 20 years of experience in elderly and dementia care under her belt, she will be spearheading the management of Astley View, our new Chorley care home. We sat down with Christina to find out more about her values and vision for Astley View. Let’s see what she had to say!
How do you think you can make an impact at Astley View?
I’m looking forward to bringing my decades of experience and my passion for offering the highest quality care for our residents to my new role at Astley View. My real passion is working in the dementia care sector and this is where I believe I can make a real impact. Having managed dementia care homes for the past 10 years I’m excited to bring my wealth of experience and knowledge to Astley View in order to make a real difference to the residents I care for, their loved ones, and my team. I’m keen to bring the community into the home and ensure that our residents continue to be a valuable part of it.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
The best thing about my job is meeting the truly incredible and inspirational people that cross my path. It is an honour to play such a vital role in the lives of others and to learn about what makes them who they are. I love being part of a team who are on hand 24 hours a day to offer expert support for those in need. A lot of the people we care for have lived lives that some of us can only imagine, hearing their stories and memories is such a privilege and the reason that I do what I do.
What are you most looking forward to about the new home?
As a Chorley-born girl myself the introduction of a brand-new state-of-the-art care home in my hometown is even more special. I’m looking forward to watching the huge benefit Astley View will have on both residents and the wider community. The home brings a wealth of opportunity for both the people who are seeking outstanding care facilities in Lancashire and for those looking to work in a high-quality care home for an amazing company who value and support their team. We offer an excellent level of care, ensuring the residents have everything they need and more by working closely with their loved ones so they can rest easy knowing their family member is safe, comfortable and cared for. It’s exciting to see everything come together – our marketing suite is open now and we’re planning to start welcoming residents and families to the home early this Summer.
What’s your vision for Astley View?
My vision for Astley View is to create a home where each resident will receive individualised, bespoke care suited to their needs supported by compassionate staff who work autonomously and sensitively. I know that Astley View will be an outstanding place to work and live, where residents and staff will work together in partnership to create an atmosphere of warmth and respect. I am passionate about making every day a great day for both our residents and our team. I’m excited for the future of Astley View and know that as we move forward and grow, we will still offer the high-quality level of care that you can expect from Evermore.
What are the qualities you look for when recruiting for the Astley View team?
It’s important that new team members share Evermore’s values of well being, community and freedom and of course our passion for excellent person-centred care. I’m looking for people who understand their responsibilities in making residents feel safe, valued and part of a family. Education and qualifications are of course important but they’re not everything. We’re looking for warm, caring people who we can develop and nurture to be the best carers they can be. Our team provide comfort and dignity to people in their care so we’re looking for compassionate carers who want to make a difference. I’m passionate about supporting, developing, and championing my team, giving them every opportunity to learn and grow and encouraging them to be the best possible version of themselves. This allows us to work collaboratively to provide the very highest quality of care.
Why should others choose a career in care?
Working in care is an incredibly rewarding profession and is a vocation that will bring you a sense of pride, immense job satisfaction and the opportunity to make an impact on someone else’s life. I’ve found that working with the elderly generation has opened my eyes to the lives and needs of others and has gone on to serve me well in both my working and personal life. I have learnt so much about work ethic and integrity and have also received a lot of comfort, care, and support from them. I believe it’s a true privilege to work in a role that supports people in maintaining their independence and improving their daily lifestyle and wellbeing.
Evermore make the care of their team a priority. I feel I am a valued member of the team and I know that they’re looking after me both professionally and personally. They nurture their team from within, ensuring everyone is offered opportunities to develop, specialised training possibilities, funding for care qualifications and they cover professional membership fees. There is a real family-feel to the culture where everyone’s voice is heard, respected and acted upon.