Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
We said goodbye to our staff member Christine Dawson last month. Christine started work at Charlotte Straker House in March 2008 as a Care Assistant, and was promoted in 2010 to become a valued Senior Care Assistant. She worked for seven years as part of the day shift care team, and five years on the night shift.
We asked her what changes she saw at Charlotte Straker House, and her favourite parts of her job.
She says “During my time at Charlotte Straker House I saw the introduction and removal of the palliative care unit, plus the introduction of the successful Community Respite Care Bed. It is the residents that I will remember most: Billy S for his wry humour, dance moves and lovely smile; Molly R and her pride when receiving her award for the work she did at Bletchley Park; Brian J for his wonderful comments on my eyes looking like “pools of deep blue sea”; and of course Gwen W, Lily S, Audrey J and Joan J, who was the longest-serving resident.
As far as staff, I will miss them all, but especially Claire MacDonald and Eleanor Graham for their guidance and support when I first started at Charlotte Straker House and Kerri Smith and Sandra Brothwood for their support and guidance when I transferred to the night shift. And of course Sarah Findlay who, sadly is no longer with us. She had a heart of gold and was a ray of sunshine and I miss her dearly.
I’ve enjoyed the diversity of the job and the feeling that I made a difference in peoples lives. Working both day shift and night shift gave me a greater appreciation of the work involved over 24 hour period in the Home.
I am very much looking forward to retirement and spending more time with my family. We are expecting a new puppy (Alaskan Malamute) in the near future and I’ll be working on my ongoing garden projects, plus walking, brushing up on photography and of course enjoying some holidays!”
The Trustees and Management of the Charlotte Straker Project would like to thank Christine very much for her years of hard work at Charlotte Straker House, and for her commitment, professionalism and wonderful care of our residents. We wish her all the best in her future life and sincerely hope she enjoys her retirement!