At gnome with Stanley House

Cecil, the latest addition to the grounds of Stanley House, continues to bring laughter to residents and staff alike. Some think he looks as old as the early gnomes from the 1800s although this might be down to being extremely well travelled and a VIG (very important gnome) in his own right.

Cecil agreed to an interview and said,

‘I mix with the highest echelons of society and have visited the likes of Buckingham Palace, the Vatican and eventually ended up in the back garden of Joy Chamberlain, CEO of Elysium.

It was there that I heard of Stanley House and thought the move to Herefordshire would be my next adventure. Little did I know that a short time after my arrival, COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions would come into force. Who would have thought that I too had to don PPE and practice social distancing, however I soon realised that we are all in this together and it was my responsibility to join the committed staff team in following infection control procedures and guidance. I am very happy that I have played a very small part in keeping everyone safe and Stanley House COVID-19 free.

Naturally there have been some changes but somehow the staff team led by Joanna McCabe are still smiling and going about their daily work, making sure that the care and support they give to residents remains of the same high quality. She definitely knows a thing a two about raising staff morale and keeping everyone feeling upbeat. Every other day throughout this time she has held a ‘moving forward’ meeting which of course I do like to attend and not just because there are cakes and ice creams on offer. It gives a chance for staff to talk, catch up on ever changing guidance and plan for fun events such as games days, mini fetes and BBQs. Jo and the team have even found time to recruit seven nurses, two chefs, a new administrator and to build their bank of Healthcare Workers. Over the last four months they have held eight training days, four inductions and continued with extra shadow shifts for new starters.

So, for the time being I will sit in the beautiful gardens at Stanley House with my friends and continue the legacy of gnomes in bringing good fortune and providing protection as we know it’s just as important today as it was all those years ago.’

Next month, look out for tales from the new care centre director.



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