Hadleigh Nursing Home’s new manager Jan Seal brings with her more than 30 years’ experience in the care sector.
She said she was delighted by the warm welcome she had received from staff, residents and their families.
“It’s been a difficult time for residents and their families who could not see each other for more than three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. However, everyone has been very understanding and supportive,” she said.
“Since the easing of the lockdown, our family visits in the garden have been going well and we will have plans for indoor visits, subject to government guidance, when the weather changes.”
She said she was keen to get to know families really well and her door was always open for relatives to talk to her about any concerns or ideas for improving the service.
Jan started her nursing career at the age of 18 and spent many years with the NHS mostly in community based roles, from community matron to out of hours coordinator working alongside the GPs covering a large area of Essex.
She said: “I then went on to be the registered manager of a complex care company in Southend where I worked closely with commissioners developing bespoke packages of care for both adults and children allowing them to be supported at home.
“In 2014 I went to work as a care quality facilitator working alongside the regional manager overseeing nine homes for a large company in the London area; through this I began my career in nursing home management.
“I really felt that for most of the residents in nursing homes it would be the last chapter of their lives, and that if I could improve their experiences then it would be a privilege for me.”
She said her vision for Hadleigh was to make the home as homely as possible, a cheerful relaxed environment where the residents could enjoy the beautiful grounds.
“I hope that I can reach out to the community within Hadleigh and look at way to enhance our residents’ experience,” she said.
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