Meet the Ashminster House Care Home team
Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members below:
Hi, my name is Syndie, and I am the General Manager here at Ashminster House.
I qualified as a nurse in 1996 and came to work as in England in 1999, joining Barchester in 2012 and working my way up from a registered nurse (mental health) to unit nurse manager and now deputy manager. I lead our dementia nursing unit and used my skills I have developed to ensure our residents receive the best care they can get so they are settled in their home.
I have undertaken many areas of training to boost my skills, including leadership training and mentoring, where I mentored a team leader for her Care Practitioner Award. I like to keep up-to-date with Incontinence and wound care training, venepuncture, peg feeding, diabetes and epilepsy, syringe drivers and catheterisation, which ensures residents can be treated within our home for many ailments without the need for outside intervention.
Having worked with acute dementia for many years, I know how to run a dementia nursing unit to a high standard, and pass my knowledge on to our staff to ensure every resident is well cared for.
I still cover nursing shifts to ensure I know what is happening within our home, and after 20 years of nursing, I strive to ensure our home is one of the best in the sector.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my daughters and socialising with friends.
Sabrina began working at Ashminster House in 2008 as a care assistant.
She has developed her skills and successfully gained both Level 2 & 3 Health and Social Care vocational qualifications, and has also now completed our in-house care practitioner programme.
Sabrina currently leads our very homely residential dementia unit with her team.
In her own time, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her family.
I joined Ashminster House in February 2016 as a senior carer whilst awaiting my nursing PIN number and, once this had arrived, I commenced as a registered nurse (general), mostly working with elderly frail residents. In January 2018, I was promoted to unit nurse manager, and I am responsible for the running of our Windmill Lodge elderly frail unit. My unit has 24 residents when at capacity, some of which are high dependency with special requirements.
I like to keep up to date on training and techniques to ensure I run my unit to the best of my ability.
When I am not supporting residents, I like to walk my dogs, spend time gardening and I enjoy visiting different countries in my quest to travel the world!
I first started working with Barchester in November 2010. I was an administrative assistant at another home until January 2015, at which point I moved to Ashminster House and took up the role of administrator to join the wonderful team here.
My responsibilities mainly consist of HR, payroll and accounts, although my day can include far more variety, such as chatting with our lovely residents, which is always a please. I have over 20 years' admin experience, and have achieved an NVQ level 2 in Business Administration and GCSE/AS Level in Accounting.
Outside of work I enjoy singing and spending quality time with my children and grandchildren.
I have worked at Ashminster House since 2003, first as a carer then progressing to activities coordinator, which has know as 'Head of Lifestyle'. I have a wealth of experience in my role, as well as NVQs in Health and Social Care, Activities in the Care Setting and Dementia.
I am passionate about fulfilling residents' lives by getting to know each individual with a person-centred approach, learning about their experiences and helping them to express themselves, such as through reminiscing with items of old.
My interests outside of work include antiques, dogs and spending time with my family.
I began working at Ashminster House in April 2018. In this time, I have enjoyed getting to know our residents and the responsibilities involved in working in a care home.
I have worked in admin since I finished maternity leave in 2013. Prior to this, I ran my own department as a sales colleague in the electric power industry.
When I am not at work, I enjoy reading, socialising and spending time with my family.
I qualified as a chef in 1987 with a City & Guilds 706/1 & 2. I have gained experience in various establishments, such as schools, hotels, bistros, cafés and nursing homes.
From each of the places I have lovingly worked, I have taken ideas and inspiration and blended them to make mine a fine recipe for success.
I took up the position of head chef at Ashminster House in August 2018. I like to make residents' lives enjoyable by providing authentic and modern culinary delights from around the world, tantalising their taste buds.
I speak to residents individually to find out their likes and dislikes, and they let me know if there are dishes they would like to see on our menus. I enjoy learning new skills and I am open to suggestions.
In my own time, I like outdoor activities, swimming, reading and I am a keen environmentalist.
I am the Head Housekeeper for Ashminster House and have been with the home for seven years.
My role is varied and includes making sure high standards of cleanliness is maintained.
I have a passion for classic & historic cars and am a keen photographer.
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