Meet the team

Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:

Karen Fitzgerald

Karen Fitzgerald

General Manager

Hi, my name is Karen, and I am the General Manager here at Oak Grange. Welcome to our website.

I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2010, and since then have always worked within the private sector, firstly as a nurse, then unit manager, and eventually as a home manager and regional manager. 

Prior to becoming a nurse, I worked in administration management and spent 10 years in education, working with young people who struggled with social, emotional and behavioural skills. I have a keen interest in studying emotional intelligence and enjoy personal study looking into various mental health therapies.   

I am proud and privileged to have had the opportunity to nurse and care for our elderly generation, and I hope to continue to do so for many years to come. 

Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke

Deputy Manager & Clinical Lead

Hello, my name is Alison and I am the Deputy Manager and Clinical Lead here at Oak Grange Care Home.

I have been fortunate to have a career in nursing that has spanned both the NHS and private sector since 1994. I joined Barchester in 2015 and was privileged to start my employment as a General Nurse and be promoted to Community Manager, then finally to Deputy Manager & Clinical Lead.

I have a passion for the care of older people and I endeavour to provide a homely atmosphere for residents and their families, whilst also promoting high standards of evidence-based clinical care.

We have a fantastic team here at Oak Grange who are all committed to delivering the best possible care to those we support.

 

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Francesca Cady

Francesca Cady

Community Manager

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2011 and have been working in the care home sector since 2011. My employment started as a Care Assistant in a residential home; I continued to work there part time whilst training to be a nurse. My experiences in this care home made me passionate about elderly care, which is what I decided to focus my career on.

I am now the Community Manager in Oak Grange's General Nursing Community and I have enjoyed making a difference to the lives of residents; my goal is to ensure that people in my care enjoy their time at Oak Grange.

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Diana Merrill

Diana Merrill

Administrator

I have been working for Barchester since Oak Grange opened its doors in 2012. I live very local to Oak Grange so close that I watched the building grow week on week and often said to myself I am going to work there, and here I am. I was I consider myself to be extremely privileged to work with such wonderful people, full of humour with wonderful stories to tell. I know its a cliché but we are like one big happy family, I love being here!

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Alison Jones & Heather Lowndes

Alison Jones & Heather Lowndes

Activities Team

We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities. Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love.

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Sid Nagy

Sid Nagy

Maintenance Manager

Hello, my name is Szliard, but I like to be called Sid. I joined Oak Grange in 2017 as the home's gardener and maintenance assistant before moving to the role of maintenance manager in July 2019. During this period outside of work, I successfully completed a BA Hons Business degree, and have now started a Master’s in Human Resource Management.

Maintenance is paramount when it comes to our residents, relatives and colleagues, and my role is to keep the home environment to the highest standards possible, ultimately creating a safe and warm place for our residents to live and my colleagues to work.

I also manage and deal with contractors, keeping records up-to-date for our audits.  

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Mary Lee

Mary Lee

Resident Ambassador

Mary has lived at Oak Grange for a number of years now. Mary enjoys her role of Resident Ambassador and is always willing to help out other residents with any issues that arise, while they live at the home. Mary welcomes any questions about the life at Oak Grange, especially if you are considering care options yourself.

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Oak Grange Choir

Oak Grange Choir

Choir

The Oak Grange Choir comprises residents of all communities, loved ones and staff members. We practice every Monday afternoon and have held Easter, summer holiday, Harvest Festival, Remembrance and Christmas concerts.

We've performed on stage in the Chester Cathedral and have toured our own home, performing for residents and bringing joy to those who are less mobile than others.

Our choir brings so much joy to everyone and we love singing. Many thanks to our Choir Director, Susan, who has trained us to sing so well.

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