Jill hands over to our new Manager, Paula Howlett
Paula Howlett tells us about herself
“Having originally trained as a psychiatric nurse, I worked in mental health care for 20 years, firstly with the NHS. Following a break in my nursing career I moved to the private sector in 2013 becoming a registered manager in residential and later, specialist dementia nursing care.
I feel proud to be a part of the care sector where we are all privileged to be supporting people to achieve their goals, enrich their lives and to not only experience excellent standards of care, but to facilitate enhanced lives through meaningful occupation and promoting independence. My central belief is that feedback is a gift whether it be in the workplace or in our lives as it enables everyone to learn from each other and improve our practice.
We should be able to engage in the things we love to do and try out new experiences. I have a passion and value for working with the older generation and a genuine interest in their lives. I want to be a part of a team that shares these values and has a vision to facilitate older people to continue to build relationships and for life to go on, not stop.
The Abbeyfield Taunton staff team are passionate and dedicated to supporting the people who live here and will regularly go out of their way to help people achieve their goals. They are motivated and excited about improving their skills and are keen to engage in training to gain experience to support the people we care for.
Outside of work, myself and my husband Rob have four children aged between 12 and 18. Rob is a minister of our local church of which we are both actively involved in. We are keen musicians and used to play professionally in bands and now lead worship.”