Kelly is opening a local branch of SweetTree Home Care Services, one of the UK’s leading care providers, and is in the process of recruiting a team of exceptional carers.
SweetTree, established 15 years ago, serves more than 350 clients and employs a team of 500 highly trained carers and support workers who look after elderly residents and those with complex needs including learning disabilities, brain injuries, neurological conditions and dementia.
Its service in London has just been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, making SweetTree one of the top performing home care providers in the UK.
Kelly, who has lived in Cheltenham for ten years, has worked in the health care sector for 25 years. She set up the award-winning Keep Safe Scheme for Gloucestershire to help people with disabilities, and the Keep Safe Keep Active community interest company which provides a community-based dementia support service for some 650 people, providing memory clubs in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
A former Dementia Advisor Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society and manager of a residential care home for people living with a diagnosis of dementia, Kelly has also worked as part of the community nursing team in Gloucestershire for Marie Curie, supporting people with a terminal illness living at home.
Nicki Bones, Director of Operations and co-founder of SweetTree Home Care Services, said: “SweetTree is passionate about providing the highest professional standards of person-centred care, and we are delighted that Kelly, with her vast experience of dementia, mental health and palliative care, will be leading our new service for the residents of Cheltenham.”
Kelly, who has been appointed SweetTree’s Cheltenham Branch Director, explained: “I came across SweetTree via The Sunday Times where they were ranked 35th in the best companies to work for.
“After researching the company and reading their Mission Statement and Charter I knew straight away I wanted to work for them, and to be able to learn from them and deliver their services throughout Cheltenham and eventually Gloucestershire.”
She added: “I’m very privileged to be able to go to work knowing it’s not a job but my passion to assist people to reach their full potential.”
Her passion for the role was born from her personal experience of caring for family members with dementia, and Kelly explained: “I have always had the genuine desire to improve a person’s quality of life through quality care and compassion.”
Kelly has previously conducted research into loneliness and isolation within the Cotswolds, commissioned by Cotswold District Council, in partnership with the Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner.
She also volunteers, organising large dementia friendly tea dances in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, and supporting Peter Gill’s Rock school in Cheltenham which helps children who have been bullied to rebuild their confidence.
Kelly has completed the London Marathon, climbed Ben Nevis and taken part in a sky dive to raise money for CLIC Sargent charity for young cancer patients.