Nursing Homes: Expectation vs Reality

Nursing Homes: Expectation vs Reality
a blog post by Sally Bossom.

Years ago, my mother was a Deputy Matron at a nursing home where my grandmother resided, allowing her to keep an eye on the care she received. I was a regular visitor with my three young children, and to them, it was a large play area full of smiling residents who had all the time in the world for them.

Four years ago, I was given the opportunity to take on an admin role at The Laurels Nursing Home, and friends & family expressed concerns as they had assumed, like many, that nursing homes were sad places. Because of the experience that I already had of a nursing home environment – I wasn’t worried.

There is a myth that a nursing home is a gloomy, depressing place which lacks in career prospects, but nothing can be further from the truth. The beating heart of The Laurels Nursing Home is the army of staff that fight daily to provide home comforts to the residents.

The team is made up of housekeepers, healthcare assistants, nurses, kitchen assistants, cooks, maintenance staff, administrators and in-house trainers; a hive of workers working for a common cause.

Training is ongoing for all the team covering things like health and safety, dementia, manual handling and safeguarding.  Healthcare assistants progress through NVQ qualifications and many go on to become nurses. There is room for progression through any of the job roles, and there are great opportunities for personal development.

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Or go to our careers page and check out our latest vacancies.

If you require more information about working for The Laurels Nursing Home, please visit our contact page.

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