Meet Beth: One of St Pauls many gems!
"Working in care may have its challenges, but the rewards outshine them all!" That is what our newly appointed Lifestyle and Communications Lead, Beth believes.
Beth Marchant-Roe has worked at St Pauls Care Centre in Hemel Hempstead since February 2017. She has found a strong passion through working with the residents on a daily basis, forming real friendships and always helping others in need.
Beth started her journey in care after visiting her Great Grandmother, in St Pauls Care Centre. During one of her many visits to St Pauls, Beth confided in a Unit Manager about her lack of job fulfilment, who suggested that she should try out a career within the care sector. A couple of weeks later, Beth was starting her very first shift at St Pauls. Beth states, "I always say St Pauls looked after my Grandmother, and then, in turn, looked after me!"
Beth finds building that trust with the residents is one of the most fulfilling parts of working within the warm care home. The first resident she ever looked after was one of the most rewarding experiences within her care career. "He was very apprehensive at first, but I found out that he felt much calmer if you sang to him. Every morning, we would sing together whilst getting ready and we ended up developing a really strong bond. I cannot hear the song 'You are my sunshine' now without thinking fond memories of him.”
Beth has played a pivotal role in the St Pauls team, starting out as a carer, moving into the activities team, and within the year was promoted to Head of Activities. Beth was also integral to helping St Pauls achieve the 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Read more about how St Pauls achieved their Outstanding CQC rating here.
Juliana, Home Manager at St Pauls Care Centre says, “Beth has always been someone who is always excited about new things happening within the home. She is always willing to help others and is truly fantastic at her job.”
Most recently, Beth has been appointed as one of our Lifestyle and Communications Leads, and part of her new role is to help link St Pauls Care Centre with the local community. She is already off to a flying start, working closely with DENS, a charity for people in Dacorum who are facing homelessness, poverty and social exclusion.
With a strong passion for care, Beth strives to make the residents as happy and comfortable as possible. "I whole-heartedly believe that age is just a number. Our residents should be encouraged to have new experiences, learn new skills, and continue to live fulfilling lives! That is part of what I love about Westgate Healthcare, as a forward-thinking organisation they are forever thinking of new innovations such as Lifestyle Pioneers that embody that philosophy."
Beth (second right) and some of her 'Outstanding' St Pauls Team (Pictured October 2019)
Beth continues to push herself in her career, studying in her spare time. She has achieved qualifications in Phlebotomy and Venepuncture, becoming a qualified trainer on end of life care, safe handling of medicine, dementia awareness training, and is also continuing a course in leadership and management as well as fundamental care training.
"Whilst working at Westgate Healthcare, I have become so much more confident in myself, I have a renewed passion for life and learning."
Thanks for everything you do Beth, you are truly appreciated by everyone at Westgate Healthcare!
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