Celebrating Men in Care this International Men’s Day

Celebrating Men in Care this International Men’s Day

It’s widely documented that there are more women than men in the care industry, with the last UK census revealing that men make up just 15.3% of the sector’s workforce. We want to help change that and encourage more men to consider a rewarding role in care at Four Seasons Health Care.

So on International Men’s Day (Monday 19th November) we’re celebrating all of our wonderful male colleagues and sharing some of their inspirational stories:

Busy nurse finds even more ways to care

Nurses are always on the go but that doesn’t stop Gareth at Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow, who loves to find new ways to deliver the best care for residents.

Now promoted to Deputy Manager, Gareth worked tirelessly to get a 56 bed area of Campsie View Care home accredited with our Dementia Care Framework (DCF) - a set of values and actions we follow to support special resident experiences for those living with dementia. He regularly worked long weeks ensuring the DCF training was put into practice and was the DCF ‘go to’ person for residents and their families.

Gareth has also set up and runs a resident gardening group that aims to reduce stress and anxiety. He regularly receives positive feedback from residents and relatives about the great care he provides and his infectious personality is often missed by everyone when he is not in the home.

Care Assistant James bags two awards

James Irvine, Care Assistant at The Lodge Care Home in Killamarsh, has scooped up two awards thanks to his kind nature and commitment to delivering outstanding care.

James won the prestigious Great British Care Award for the East England Regional Care Award category after being nominated by several colleagues. A snippet from his nomination reads:

“James is very passionate about his role – he recently wrote a letter to head office asking to meet everybody and was met with a warm welcome by the team. He is a lovely kind and caring gentleman who truly loves his job and takes pride in his work.

As a Four Seasons Values Champion, James not only delivers the vision and values at The Lodge but constantly and consistently demonstrates them to the extended community, stakeholders and regulators, while supporting other homes in the area to deliver the message. His passion alone has changed the lives of the residents who live at The Lodge, creating great journeys for these people and supporting in spreading this vision to the wider community.”

James also won our own company Care Awards last year in the ‘Living Our Values’ category which includes being Respectful, Trusted, Caring and Making a Difference.   

A big thanks to James for the positive impact he continuously has on residents and colleagues.

Brendan and Jim bond over their love of motors

All of the colleagues in our homes play a vital role in providing special experiences for our residents.

Brendan, a resident at Meadowbank Care Home in Northern Ireland, has a passion for motors and engines. So twice a week he accompanies maintenance man Jim to complete the safety checks on the home’s mini-bus - checking the oil, water levels, tyres, extinguishers and tail lift.

The two men have bonded over their mutual interest in motors while the activity gives Brendan an opportunity to get involved in something he enjoys.

Jim says: “Brendan was really keen to help me with the mini-bus. The little things make a big difference and it means a lot to see him happy and watch his independence grow.” Listen to their story below or find out more here.

To find out more about our rewarding roles or to apply please visit https://careers.fshc.co.uk/

Date published: 14 November 2018


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