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Care Home Manager Blog – Good care never makes the news.

Grainne Wokes a care home manager in Buckinghamshire tells us how she keeps going despite the negative representation of care homes in the media.

The life of a care home manager can be a lonely one. Whether it’s answering the questions of internal or external regulators, answering emails, conducting audits, developing action plans, we are also held accountable for the actions of our staff – after all we are responsible for their well-being. We don’t have anyone else to turn too.

Everyone needs five minutes of my time. No one seems concerned about my work life balance, breaks during the day or our work load. Add to that the on call element of the role meaning calls in the middle of the night and my family often disturbed.

I am a registered nurse, with an honours degree and a range of other formal qualifications. Nurses are often held to a higher account than anyone else in a care home but other disciplines see us as lacking knowledge and care homes are seen as a “Cinderella service.”

But, this is the important bit, I do it every single day. I turn up, regardless of how I feel. I work long hours, I give everyone the five minutes that they need.

Care Home Managers ensure care homes continue to provide safety to vulnerable members of our society, we offer them our time, care and respect. Our residents, they are the reason we are in the job!

Care homes don’t get represented well in the press. I once heard a comment on a radio station that good care should not make the news. But for those working in care, those amazing staff who dedicate their lives to supporting others, how do you think this makes us feel? We want to be able to spread the news for our work by sharing the good practice we encourage others.

Thank you Grainne, care home manager – Hillside Nursing Home, Buckinghamshire for sharing your thoughts.

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