From flexibility to rapid career progression, our staff tell why they chose Balhousie Care.
Respect for the elderly is all part of this care home worker’s culture
Lavinia Tanu grew up with respect for the elderly, a quality she brings to her role every day as a senior carer.
“I feel really safe when Lavinia is around. She’s part of the furniture, and I mean that in the most positive sense,” says Pablo Vilar, Care Home Manager at Balhousie Pitlochry care home.
It’s a sentiment shared among the care home’s staff and residents too. Lavinia Tanu has been on the staff since the care home opened 10 years ago. Now a senior carer, what she doesn’t know about the residents probably isn’t worth knowing.
When working with challenging behaviours can offer the greatest personal rewards
It might be intense but it’s also rewarding says specialist care support worker Kerrie Nevin.
“There is nowhere quite like ASC in Scotland at the moment,” says Kerrie Nevin of her employer ASC. “It is literally the only unit of its kind.”
ASC is an advanced specialist care unit based in Balbeggie, Perthshire where Kerrie, 34, is a Senior Support Worker. Every day she works with people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Her job itself is one of the most challenging care roles out there, but she believes it can also be one of the most rewarding.
“Here the care provided is less clinical and focused on enabling individuals to live as independently as possible,” said Kerrie of ASC, which consists of three purpose-built units, a converted hotel and – a few miles away in Coupar Angus – specialist bungalows “Beyond ASC, the closest option is a hospital environment. Many of our residents have had to travel from all over Scotland to come to our unit.”
At 24 this senior manager is “busting the myths” about working in care
Amber Smith joined the care industry as a school leaver. Realising it was her vocation, she moved quickly up the ranks.
Amber Smith knew the care profession was her calling in her mid-teens. At the age of about 13 she began helping her mother, a single parent, look after Amber’s brother, who has ADHD. “It was basic things like helping to make sure he was up for school, and being with him when my mum was working. I started to enjoy the responsibility of helping others,” she says.
When Balhousie Coupar Angus opened, Amber applied for a job there as a care assistant. Two years later, she was promoted to senior carer. She studied as she went, securing an SVQ2 and SVQ3 in social care.
Care home nursing ticks all the boxes for this single mum
When Debbie O’Reilly started working for Balhousie Care Group, it was for the love of nursing in a care home environment.
Eight years later, she still wouldn’t swap it for a hospital or doctor’s surgery setting. And now that she’s a single mum, Debbie finds it suits her lifestyle perfectly. “There’s always something to keep me motivated, and every day I’m learning new things,” says Debbie, Clinical Lead at Balhousie Moyness care home in Dundee. “But it also gives me the flexibility I need as a single working mum.”
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