Lymington-based Colten Care has appointed an experienced care professional to grow and develop its nursing and residential home, Belmore Lodge.
Janie Pearman said she was looking forward to building more links between the Lymington home and local families and organisations.
She said: “We want people in our community to feel comfortable and familiar with Belmore Lodge, so I’ll be meeting as many individuals and organisations as I can and, where appropriate, offering space for community meetings.”
Janie has been a community midwife and casualty nursing sister, and used to respond to acute emergencies worldwide as a nurse for an air ambulance company.
She was Head of Midwifery at the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust for seven years and has also managed a care home for another private sector provider.
Norwich-born Janie knew she wanted to work in nursing from early childhood.
“When I was four I was very badly burned by an open fire,” she said. “I survived against the odds with 65% burns and spent most of my early life in hospital. That’s where my love of nursing comes from. When you are feeling vulnerable, what people say to you and how they treat you can make or break your day. Because of the excellent, inspiring care I received, all I ever wanted to be was a nurse.”
As a teenager and college student, Janie did voluntary work in elderly people’s care homes before going on to her various professional roles in midwifery and acute care.
She helped set up the first domestic violence unit in Norfolk, training care team members in a multi-disciplinary setting.
Working for the air ambulance firm, she responded to holidaymakers whose insurance covered medical emergencies. She flew to destinations such as Bali and Canada at extremely short notice to provide acute care to policyholders.
Looking to her new role at Belmore Lodge, Janie said: “It’s all about a team of people working together to give residents the best experience possible. Care homes should be seen as a new beginning, a new chapter, not the end of anything.”
Janie, who lives in Lyndhurst, added: “Colten Care has a really strong reputation for creating a homely experience of hotel-like quality. I am really excited about caring for our residents and helping to strengthen the home’s community links.”
Janie takes over the reins of Belmore Lodge from outgoing Home Manager Chris Dimmick who is joining the care team at Linden House, Colten Care’s new purpose-built dementia care home in Lymington. Chris has spent 19 years at Colten Care, 17 of those in management roles.
Outside work, Janie and her husband Bernie love boating. They have a Sealine 36-foot Flybridge motorboat moored at Lymington.