When did you join Gardiner’s and what is your background in care?
I joined Gardiner’s in 2013 following a 28 year career in dentistry. Whilst I enjoyed my time in this industry I was ready to make a change. Moving to the care industry meant that I could transfer some of the skills and knowledge that I already had gained but would experience fresh challenges and experiences. I knew that I loved working in the health sector and working with people, so this was perfect for me.
Why the care industry?
We spend a huge time of our life at work and it is important to me to not only enjoy my work but to feel that it is of value. Anyone that is able to say this is very lucky and I consider myself to be one of those. Our population is living longer and many wish to remain in their own homes as long as possible, leading as independent a life as they can. At Gardiner’s Homecare we enable many people to do this and the feedback that we receive from them is very touching.
What makes Gardiner’s Homecare different?
It is a family run business that treats people as individuals. This applies to the office team, the Care Workers, our Service Users and any others that they come into contact with. We all appreciate being treated with dignity and respect. They also strive to provide the highest quality of care possible and continually look to improve. There is no resting on any laurels here!
What’s your proudest achievement?
Overcoming a childhood fear of open water to be able to go scuba diving! For many years I wanted to scuba dive in the sea whilst on holiday and one year I took the plunge and booked a lesson in a swimming pool in this country. Having mastered the technique I felt more confident and not long after I was exploring the ocean, even touching the sea bed. It was amazing!
What are your five favourite things?
Suzanne’s email address is [email protected]