‘It’s a vocation’ says Julie celebrating 20 years at Middlesbrough care provider

A manager at a Middlesbrough care provider is hoping to inspire more people to choose a career in the care sector.

Julie Wood has worked at Constantia Healthcare for 20 years, starting as a care assistant at Roseleigh Care Home when it first opened, and spending time at Longlands Care Home.

Dedicated Julie has forged a career in care, progressing to senior care assistant, deputy manager and registered manager, then becoming regional manager at Constantia Healthcare in April 2019.

“I started to work at Roseleigh when it opened back in 2000,” said Julie.

“I’d helped my mam to look after my nana and found caring for the elderly very rewarding. I love my job, it has its challenges and rewards, but every day is different.”

While recruiting and retaining care staff is an ongoing challenge across the country, Roseleigh Care Home boasts 20 members of staff who have each worked at the home for at least 14 years.

“To work in this sector, you must really care about what you do and have a love for working with older people,” added Julie. “For many of us it’s a vocation, something that the loyalty and commitment of our team demonstrate with their years of service at the home.”

Senior care assistant Nicola Savage and the home’s registered manager Rachel Lowery, who is currently on maternity leave, have both contributed 20 years of service at the care home.

With an increasingly ageing population, deputy manager Fiona Fewster believes there is a ‘significant demand’ for more people to enter the care industry.

“We will always need good care workers,” said Fiona, who started at the home 16 years ago as an apprentice and is currently acting manager.

“If you love helping and supporting people, you’re caring and empathetic, you will excel in this rewarding job. It’s a worthwhile profession and there are certainly opportunities for career progression.

“Roseleigh has a great atmosphere and over the years many residents, especially those without family, have become like a second family to me.”

To mark the care home’s milestone anniversary, management held a party for staff, residents, and family members.

Roseleigh has recently undergone a major refurbishment as part of its anniversary celebrations. The 50-bedroom home, located just outside Middlesbrough town centre, was rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in October last year.