I feel so blessed to be part of the team of Vecta House. Before I worked in the U.K., I worked as a Company Nurse for more than five years in an Accident and Emergency Clinic run by an Italian Firm in the Philippines. The reason I applied to work in the U.K. was to gain more experience in another field of Nursing by looking after older people. I was interested in this because whilst I was in my teenage life, I looked after my grand parents for a couple of years until the end of their lives.
I did my nursing adaptation at Westwood House in Sydenham for three months, and then Ian Leitch, our Home Manager at Vecta House came to collect us at Westwood House and drove us to the Isle of Wight. I was so amazed of how the Manager supported us during that time by sorting out our accommodation and gave us a warm welcome. I will be ten years at Vecta House this month and I feel so lucky to be part of this team.
I started as a Staff Nurse for five years then I became a Head of Unit when the home was extended in 2007. I became the Head of Care in 2010, after my predecessor returned home to Scotland, and in 2014 I was promoted to Deputy Manager. My role and responsibility have become bigger than I expected in my life, but working with a very good team had helped me fulfil my current role. Vecta House is a Specialist Dementia Care Unit and has up to 54 residents with different complex needs. We provide the best care in a person centred way. Making them feel at home. Meeting their physical, emotional, medical, mental and psychological needs are essential to us. Supporting their families and friends are also part of our objective. I only hope to continue what I do and looking forward to more years to come.