The welcome news that Grove Place has received full planning approval to build a 54 bed nursing home, within 27 acres of private grounds, coincided with the appointment of Jayne Hunter as new Head of Care.
Born and bred in Southampton, Jayne has worked for 15 years in the senior care sector. Her last role, before joining Grove Place, was to set up and operate under contract selective domiciliary care services for East of Southampton. Prior to this she was a Senior Carer for Southampton City Council, working in health and social care and rehabilitation of service users.
Jayne comments: “I actually started my career in typesetting for a local print company before getting married and starting a family. Then jobs came along with several locally-based industries, which produced heating appliances and contact lenses. Once I had had my second child I decided to go into the care industry and became a registered child-minder. I looked after a total of eight children in five years, some from just after birth, right through until their first year at infant school and found this hugely rewarding.”
She continues, “But as my own children grew up, I became attracted to working with older people and became a carer in the public sector. I find them excellent company, rich in anecdotes and always educational.”
During this time Jayne studied and gained a Diploma in Health Leadership and Management Level 5 as a requirement to meet CQC Regulations.
She concludes, “I just love my job at Grove Place. Many of the qualities related to the position are similar to my previous carer roles but the ethos here is completely different. Grove Place residents are both eloquent and confident when describing their needs and we are here, every day, to meet and listen to them. This creates a sense of immediacy about my responsibilities and of course, with our resources and care team, we can offer speedy assistance and support.”
The new nursing home, which is anticipated to be fully operational in 2016, was warmly received not only by Grove Place residents but the local community in general. The architect–designed, building will sit in a secluded tree-screened area with its own direct access road. Grove Place will be offering both specialised nursing and dementia care. This will benefit not only residents but also individuals seeking a high quality nursing home in the Romsey area.