One old face and two new ones!
In the centre is a visitor Rebecca Evans A.M. Minister of public health and social services who came to visit in April 2017. Rebecca wanted to announce the increased level of personal wealth that Welsh Government have just agreed to allow people to keep before having to use their savings to pay for their residential social care.
Rebecca was accompanied not only by senior civil servants but also by BBC radio and television cameras and ITV cameras to record this event.
Residents met Rebecca who asked them about their life in the home and it hopefully helped her understand what is important to people. When she visited one resident she seemed surprised that he had his curtains half closed on a beautiful day. He quickly explained that he had been a postman for 30 years and that was exactly how he now wanted to be in his own room! An example of the personal choice residents here enjoy.
On the right is Helen Randall who a year ago took over as manager ay College Fields. Helen was the preferred choice of the directors as they had known her for a number of years and were impressed by the support she had given to her staff when managing large corporate homes together with her knowledge and experience.
Helen has brought a fresh look to the role of manager and has taken over from Rachel who had been matron for over 20 years. Rachel we are delighted to say has remained part of the team being consultant nurse director.
On the left is Michael Kemp the old face. Michael has been director since the home opened its doors in January 1989 and continues to take a close interest in supporting staff and encouraging the highest standard of care and interest in every individual resident.
He is mindful of changes in the needs of residents and takes a close interest not only for College Fields but for all providers in new legislation and sits on numerous technical groups at the National Assembly for Wales.
Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to see first hand the care you provide to your residents. I was very impressed with the atmosphere at the home and the desire of staff to make a positive contribution to residents’ lives.
Rebecca Evans Minister for Public Health and Social Services