Meet the Lanercost House Care Home team

From nurses and carers to chefs and housekeepers, staff in our home are here to deliver high quality care and services to those we support. Check below to meet some of the friendly faces you are likely to see when visiting our home:

Karen Scaife

General Manager

Hi, my name is Karen and I am General Manager here at Lanercost and Carlyle suite Care Home. Welcome to our website!

Thank you for taking the time to look further into what Lanercost has to offer to you or your loved one. Here is an opportunity to look at some of our staff team in the home, who all play a vital role in day-to-day life.

I have worked for the healthcare sector for approximately 27 years as a care assistant, deputy care manager and registered manager for 16 years. I have worked for various care providers all in the north of England, managing residential, nursing, challenging behaviour, young physical disabled and dementia care homes.  I have relocated from Yorkshire to Carlisle and have various qualifications including BTEC and HND in health and social care, first line management, registered manager’s award developing dementia care practice.

Quality of care that all my residents receive is my passion and I aim to ensure that all the residents in my care receive the best and most person centred care possible, we have a large team of staff enabling us to provide the best care possible to all our residents.

Pop in for a cuppa and speak to one of the team - you’re always welcome!

Catalin Radu

Head of Sycamore Unit

I joined Barchester Healthcare in April 2017. I thoroughly enjoy looking after the Residents and spending time chatting to them and supporting their daily activities of life. I am proud to lead this unit with a whole team approach.

I continue to develop my skills to support our Residents on a day-to-day basis, I enjoy my job and enjoy any training that helps with my continued development that enhances the delivery of great Quality of Care to my Residents within the Home.

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Caroline Wilcox

Staff Nurse

I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1992, and began working in care homes straight away. I have undertaken staff nurse posts as well as working as a registered manager before joining Lanercost in 2005. We have an open door policy here at Lanercost, and I extend a warm invitation for you to visit our home and take a tour to see what we have to offer you or a loved one looking for care.

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David Graham

Head Chef

Hi, my name is David and I am the Head Chef here at Lanercost House

I am a chef with many years of experience, catering for the elderly frail and residents with dementia. I strive to make sure that each resident has a say in what appears on our menus and that our food is cooked in a traditional homely manner. 

I have additional qualifications in nutrition, so catering for specialist diets is no problem; in fact, it is a pleasure. 

I have a background in baking, so you will always get something of a treat with your cuppa on a visit! I look forward to seeing you soon!

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Susan Graham

Activities Coordinator

Hi, my name is Susan and I am an Activities Coordinator at Lanercost House. I have over 10 years’ experience with Barchester and absolutely love my job. I started in Barchester in Lochduhar and have held a variety of roles before moving into activities.

I like to involve the local community in events within the home, so we have connections with local churches, schools and community groups. Our residents enjoy pet therapy, personal centered time and lots of external entertainers, who come into the home regularly as well; in addition to fairs, monthly coffee morning and so much more.

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Joy Laws

Physiotherapy Assistant

My name is Joy and I started working for Barchester in 1994 as a Care Assistant and eventually took on the position of Senior Carer. I obtained my NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Health and Social Care and an opportunity arose to move into a Physiotherapy Assistant role, which really appealed to me, as I feel it gives me hands-on experience and allows me lots of one-to-one time with residents.

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Jenny Hill

Activities Coordinator

Hi, my name is Jenny, I am an activities co-ordinator at Lanercost House. I have worked at Lanercost since 2010 when I started as a care assistant. I joined the activities team in March 2021.

I am very passionate about delivering a variety of activities with in our life enrichment programme and believe activities is the heart of the home here at Lanercost house.

I love getting our residents together for group activities and taking trips out in to the community.

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Becky Lightowler

Administration Assistant

Hi,  My name is Becky and I am the administration assistant here at Lanercost. I am new to Barchester, having previously worked in the NHS, and I am really enjoy working with our wonderful residents and alongside a great team, helping to provide a friendly face to those who enter our home.

Christina Weyman

Head of Unit

I am a kind, caring and compassionate qualifies nurse. I have worked in the NHS hospital for over 20 years. I am currently working for Barchester care home: I have been working in private care for over 10 years. I have both theory and practical experience in dementia care. I want to make a difference by putting theory into practice and helping the residents to enjoy a good quality of life. Residents need their loved ones as part of the support mechanism and as a nurse I respect and value family input and support, and will work together to maintain the quality of care. We hope there will be a cure for dementia soon.

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01228 370563

All other calls

01228 595138

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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