New care home manager aims to introduce the outdoors

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Tracy O’Sullivan has been appointed to run Redwood House Residential Home in Barnt Green.
Tracy O’Sullivan has been appointed to run Redwood House Residential Home in Barnt Green.

A Worcestershire care home has appointed a new manager who plans to introduce its residents to the healing power of being outdoors.

Experienced care specialist Tracy O’Sullivan has been appointed to run Redwood House Residential Home in Barnt Green.

With 16 years’ experience in the care and adult support sector, the social care expert aims to improve services by promoting its dementia-friendly approach and making full use of the Cherry Hill Road home’s two-and-a-half acre grounds to promote wellbeing amongst residents.

She said: “I am thrilled to join the team here at Redwood House and I am looking forward to getting to know each and every resident and helping them to feel even more at home.

“I also feel an affinity with the elderly. Working with people in residential care gives me the opportunity to be really hands on, and alongside making sure our care is of the highest standard, I want to introduce more wellbeing initiatives that people enjoy.

“A huge part of that will be the holistic benefits of being outdoors – something which will help all residents, especially those with dementia. Already I’ve seen how much residents enjoy gardening and I intend to take that to a different level this Spring by making more of our gardens and getting residents involved in caring for our flower beds and herbs.

“Getting outdoors, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells, does wonders for people living with conditions such as dementia. They can be powerful triggers for memories and that makes them essential tools for people who may otherwise have difficulty.”

With qualifications in health and social care, Ms Sullivan is currently working towards the nationally-recognised Registered Manager Award.

Owned by the Clarendon Care Group, Redwood House is registered with the Care Quality Commission for 27 residents. It provides specialist care for the elderly and is a recognised specialist in dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

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