A much-loved Black Country care home manager has retired after nearly a quarter of a century of loyal service.
Popular Pearl Bartlett, manager at Chandos Lodge Nursing Home in Hagley, bowed out after a special party was organised by staff and residents to show their appreciation for her 21 years of service and a ‘lifetime’ of friendships made.
Activities co-ordinator Vicky Bennett, who arranged the party and entertainment at the Stourbridge Road home, said: “We will really miss Pearl as she is one of a kind.
“She is someone who has done so much for the care home, her colleagues, our residents, and their families. She is a popular, amazing lady who puts everyone before herself.
“Nothing was ever too much trouble for her and she constantly went over and above her duties since the day she walked in.
“Although she is leaving I know Pearl is looking forward to spending more time with her family and she fully deserves to put her feet up. Although knowing her as I do, I can’t see her taking it easy. She will always be helping people.”
Pearl added: “It’s been a tremendous 21 years here at Chandos Lodge and I leave with so many happy memories. I will miss everyone terribly but will always pop in for a cup of tea to say hello when I am passing by.”
1995, the year Pearl started at Chandos Lodge, was also the year when Britpop bands Oasis and Blur were riding high in the UK charts and when award-winning films Braveheart and Toy Story were released in British cinemas.
Chandos Lodge is part of the privately-owned Clarendon Care Home Group and is registered with the Care Quality Commission for 34 residents.