I have recently celebrated 20 years in care homes management.
Starting my social care career as a manager of a care home for people living with dementia who are refugees and survivors of the Holocaust, I am now overseeing the strategic and operational running of Jewish Care’s eleven homes, providing care for 630 people in London and the South East.
Much of my work has been devoted to improving the quality of life of people living with dementia and people at the end of their life. I have shaped and influenced a number of initiatives including understanding of past trauma and dementia, improvement of end of life care, using music as means of communicating for people with dementia, ensuring standards of care through the establishment of a clinical governance framework and more recently the adoption and implementation of electronic care plans to enhance care provision.
Having trained as a nurse in the early 1980’s I later resumed my studies to achieve a business degree and a Masters in social sciences research. Throughout my career I continued to engage in research as a means of improving practice and improving the experiences of those living in care homes and their relatives.