A CARE worker with almost three decades of experience has taken the top job at one of Derbyshire’s most unique care homes.
Hazel Jones has been appointed care home manager at the Grade II listed Burton Closes Hall, in Bakewell.
The building was originally constructed in 1845, with the Palace of Westminster’s interior designer, architect Augustus Pugin, incorporating his gothic revival style.
Operated as a care home by the Hill Care Group since 2001, Hazel is the latest home manager to take the helm.
She has worked in the care industry for over 25 years, starting as a night care assistant and progressing into management.
Hazel then trained care home managers through a work force development programme in Yorkshire, managing projects for charity Skills for Care.
A specialist in safeguarding vulnerable adults, Hazel is a registered care home manager and has achieved a HND in care management.
Originally from Sheffield, she has lived in Derbyshire for 10 years and been married for over 36 years, with three daughters and four grandchildren.
Hazel said: “I truly believe the key to caring for elderly people is to put yourself in others shoes, never forget that everyone was young once, see the person who has lived an amazing life with a wealth of experiences and treat everyone as we would or will one day expect to be treated.
“Our residents deserve support from a team of highly trained and dedicated staff that care for them on a day-to-day basis.
“I’m delighted to join such a team at Burton Closes Hall – one of the most unique and spectacular care homes I have ever worked in.
“With such a tight-knit community here, in Bakewell, I am looking forward to maintaining and building on the strong community links established and nurtured by the previous manager.”