Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Saying goodbye to a valued staff member

By 2nd June, 2020 News Comments Off

Claire MacDonald started work as a Registered General Nurse with us in September 1999 and is retiring this month after 20 fantastic years of service caring for the residents at Charlotte Straker House. We spoke to her to talk about the wonderful contribution she has made to the Nursing and Care Team over the years.

What have you enjoyed most about working for the Charlotte Straker Project? Professionally I found the years most interesting, when we had GP beds for respite and rehabilitation after hospital discharge and then palliative care beds to support local care. I have also loved caring for residents, especially those with an interesting history, or character, and I have found it a pleasure and a honour to be part of their lives. I have always enjoyed working at Charlotte Straker and found older people’s nursing similar to children’s nursing for which I had been previously employed in medical preparation for heart surgery in London. The most job satisfaction I receive is when I gain residents’ trust, and can be proactive in their care, plus working with multidisciplinary teams. Also, feedback from relatives on the care that I’ve provided to their loved ones has been a very valuable part of my life at Charlotte Straker.

What do you want to do when you retire? I have enjoyed travelling over the years: to Japan in 2008, where my son is resident; to French Guiana in 2015 to visit the rainforest and jungle; to Vancouver BC in 2016 to visit my youngest daughter, in 2018 I travelleved to Arizona to visit my brother, and I go every year to the south of France to see my sister. I want to keep travelling and we are hoping to make another trip to Japan when the current pandemic crisis allows. We are moving temporarily to Somerset to be nearer our daughters in Bristol, and we look forward to the possiblity of grandparenting at some time! .

The Trustees and Management of the Charlotte Straker Project would like to thank Claire for her dedication, professionalism and extremely high standards of person centred care over the past 20 years. We wish her all the best in her future life and hope she comes back to visit us soon!