Working for Four Seasons, "Once you're a nurse, you're always a nurse."
Marites Villareal, or Tess to her friends and colleagues, takes her job with her everywhere she goes. She can’t help it, and says, “You’re never off-duty, but it’s nice to be able to share your talents with other people.” To her that’s what nursing means. And it’s the kind of care that we pride ourselves on at Four Seasons.
Born in the Philippines, Tess has been part of our nursing team at Four Seasons Weston Park, in Macclesfield, for over five years. She first joined as a general nurse, and has since progressed to the role of unit manager, overseeing the staff and residents in the Mulberry unit.
“I joined when they were recruiting nurses from the Philippines and I did my ONP (Overseas Nursing Programme) here with Four Seasons. After my ONP period I moved to Scotland – but it was too cold there so I moved further south!”
While she has significant experience managing hospital wards in the Philippines, Tess wanted to familiarise herself with working in the UK and residential care before taking on a bigger role.
“I was offered a unit manager position but I was keen to settle in and get to know the residents first, as well as get a sense of how the units are run here. I have more challenges in residential nursing care and I like it – especially working with the residents. You can see the difference you’re making to their lives and you get attached to them. It’s nice making them happy and seeing them smile.
“One of my favourite resident stories is of Barbara, who is like a mum to all of us. There was a day when a staff nurse called in sick, and there was no time to replace her, so I was working a very long shift. Barbara came up to me as I was preparing the evening medicine trolley, noticed I looked tired, and offered to help me by pushing the trolley. She was really sweet and even gave me a kiss on the cheek to make me feel better! It uplifted my heart – it goes to show that when we respect and love them, they show their appreciation.”
This sentiment is core to our holistic approach to care. Our nurses put their heart and soul into ensuring our residents are comfortable and happy and their considerate nature shows.
“Most residents have vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s, so if they’re comfortable and happy, then that makes the families happy too. I’ve had a good day if I leave work and I see that my residents are happy – that’s the most important thing. That’s our main calling.”
It’s why working at Four Seasons is like no other nursing job. You can find out more about our company, and search for jobs in your area, by clicking here.
16 Dec 2017
The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.
It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.
Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.
May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.
Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.
The headline acts included:
- Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
- Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
- Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
- Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
- Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
- Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
- Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ
Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”
16 Dec 2017
The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.
Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.
Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”
15 Dec 2017
The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.
Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.
Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”
Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.
14 Dec 2017
Residents at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington welcomed Age Concern into the home last week to celebrate everything armed forces related and the service given by veterans.
Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “We have a number of residents in our home who served in the war, and it was nice for them to share their stories, but also a little emotional as many touched on the friends who never made it home. Representatives from Age Concern also shared their service experience, displaying their medals and other momentous from their time in service. I want to thank everyone who has given their service to protect Queen and Country. We’re all very proud of you.”