Elaine Onyiuke, originally from Belfast and now living in Dundee, comes to Balhousie Moyness with three decades of experience in care homes and social care. As well as caring for the elderly, she has worked in child protection, for central Government and for Dundee Families Project, established to help families at risk of homelessness due to antisocial behaviour.
Elaine, who has come to Balhousie Moyness from a care home manager role in Fife, said her first step is to meet and talk to residents’ families.
“Balhousie is at the forefront of personalised, bespoke care. We know there isn’t a one-size-fits- all approach and I’m excited to continue to take that philosophy forward. I’m also looking to bring in more dementia-friendly areas in the home, as well as garden-related activities that will encourage residents to spend more time outside in our beautiful gardens,” said Elaine.
Caring and looking after the elderly has been part of her life since childhood, said Elaine. “I’m from a really large family – I was one of nine kids – so I was used to being a babysitter. And in our house we always had a grandparent living with us, we didn’t know any different.”
Elaine heads up 38 staff at Balhousie Moyness. The 29-room care home is set in landscaped lawns and a walled garden which includes a summer house.