Eight members of Beatrice Court Care Home in Lichfield staff recently attended a dinner and presentation at the School House Restaurant in Weeford, hosted by home operator Avery Healthcare, to acknowledge a combined and amazing 187 years of care service.
Averaging a length of service of 20 years and in an outstanding display of loyalty to the residents, the long serving staff are Ruby Bett (15 years), Doreen Busk (23 years), Kathy Cook (23 years), Nigel Kirk (20 years), Christine Martin (22 years), Dawn Moore (17 years), Sam Murcott (18 years), Anette Murcott (17 years), Julia Smith (22 years), and Phil Williams (20 years). As the elderly often feel much more settled with long term stability in the staff group, this service achievement had a most positive effect for the residents at the home. The long serving members of staff were presented with plaques bearing their name and length of service, as mementos of the time they had spent at Beatrice Court and the memories it provided.
It was therefore with much regret that Avery Healthcare had to announce the closure of Beatrice Court Care Home for health and safety reasons. Within a few months of acquiring the home from the previous operator it became apparent that the amount of work required would not be possible to safely complete with elderly and frail residents in the home.
Ian Matthews, a director of Avery Healthcare who hosted the dinner, was however able to outline plans for the redevelopment of the site, for which planning consent has now been submitted. All residents were safely relocated to other homes, and many staff were offered positions elsewhere within the Avery Group. The event was also attended by Rosie Howell and Dee Fish who had worked at Beatrice Court, and who are now the Manager and Administrator respectively at Darwin Court Care Home in Lichfield, also operated by Avery Healthcare.