FOR 25 years she has worked with the elderly, helping to make them feel at home.
Wendy Jones, manager at Holderness House residential care home in east Hull, celebrated the milestone by taking a day off to “have fun” with ladies in her care. She began working at the former home of Thomas Feren as a care assistant, after returning to work from maternity leave. “I was awestruck by the splendour of Holderness House and it was just such a warm, inviting place,” she said. “It very quickly became my second home.”
Holderness House was bequeathed to the city by Hull’s greatest benefactor, Thomas Ferens, in the 1930s. He left it to a trust to be used as a “rest home for poor gentlewomen in reduced circumstances”. Wendy, 54, who lives in Burstwick, near Holderness, with her husband Mike, has two grown-up children, Adam and Kirsty. She said: “I am very passionate about my job. My amazing team and resident ladies are at the heart of everything I do.”
“It is hard work, challenging and emotional but also very rewarding. “I have maintained strong leadership throughout my career in order to ensure a safe, caring environment for very vulnerable ladies.” Wendy said her job is by no means nine-to-five.” She said: “I step out of bed at 4.45am and get ready for the day ahead and I am at the home by about 6am. My first job is to read through reports from the day before and then receive hand-overs from the night duty staff. Rounds start at 8am and are completed by 9.30am. My days are always packed – with calls to GPs, hospitals, patient transport and prescription orders, district nurse visits and arranging menus with our cook, report writing and rounds. I deal with care plans and any family matters that are arising. I also oversee the housekeeping, maintenance and staff supervision and when I leave at about 4pm I remain on call until the following morning.”
Mary Houfe, ex-manager of the home and Wendy’s mentor in the early years, said she is “so proud” of her work. She said: “Her transition through the ranks from care assistant to manager is a difficult one, but one that Wendy took in her stride. “She is a wonderful friend and I congratulate her on her commitment and service.”
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