Bennetts Castle Care Centre is managed by a senior professional nursing team led by our Management team. We operate a values based recruitment system that ensures only the most dedicated, respectful, warm and caring people and strongly believe in the further up-skilling and education of our staff. Bennetts has been noted to have an extremely low turnover of staff with many of our staff with us since the centre opened. The corridors often echo with laughter and we believe this is testament to the happy atmosphere in the home.
Our Key Team
Basil Hollington is the owner and Director of Bennetts Castle Care home. He designed and built the home in 2004 and it has provided the highest level of care for Nursing residents ever since. He has a hands on role within the home and has an extremely caring nature.
Joanne Barlow and Helen Norris joined Bennetts Castle in 2013 to run the finance department. Their roles soon evolved into overseeing the general management of the home and making sure that Bennetts Castle has the family feel and qualities that any Nursing Home deserves. The dignity and respect of our residents is our main focus and priority. As sisters we strive to create a family feel within our home that we would hope and expect for any family member of our own.
Hello My Name is Grace and I am the Manager of Bennett's Castle Care Centre. I have been a nurse for over 18 years and I am happy to be part of the Bennett’s Castle family. I am a dedicated and passionate manager who thrives on seeing our residents living a fulfilled life. I aim to create a positive culture, lead by example, demonstrating positive values and a strong commitment to continuously improve our service and provide high quality person-centred care.
My name is Janet and I have been nursing for a number of years. As Deputy Manager, I support Grace in the day to day management of the home. I started to work in care homes when I left the NHS in 1998. Through working in care homes I developed a passion for the person-centre way of caring for people with dementia. This passion led me to take further education in Dementia Care Studies at Bradford University, and this allowed me to become a dementia care trainer. Besides direct care, I have also been an NVQ assessor. I feel my wide ranging experience and qualifications gave me the necessary tools to allow me to continue working in this field of nursing, which I thoroughly enjoy.
Hello my name is Jo and I am the administrator of Bennetts Castle Care Home, you will find me at reception assisting the management and staff of the centre ensuring its smooth running. I love the time I spend with the residents and relatives and look forward to meeting new people. I am very approachable and I am always happy to help.
Ruta is our Head chef and has been with Bennetts Castle since we first opened our doors, she lovingly prepares all the meals for our residents along with her other team members. She prides herself on making sure each and every residents dietary needs are met and above all else that the food is tasty and enjoyable.
Every member of the team has been selected for their empathy and contribution to the family atmosphere. We believe this genuine spirit of caring makes a vital contribution to the health and well-being of the ‘whole person’. This ‘family atmosphere’ is something that can only be created by truly dedicated people, not just those with formal qualifications, important though these are.
We have a highly skilled nursing team that supervise the care team and provide guidance and support to both staff and residents and the centre invests in specialist training to enhance their already considerable skills and knowledge.
All our nurses have a special interest in caring for the older person and palliative care and we ensure they are equipped to deal with even the most challenging or sensitive of situations.
All staff go through 17 days of class room and practical training with a nurse educator each year to ensure the highest standards are maintained – we pride ourselves our thorough continuing professional development programme.
Particular emphasis is made in training related to care of those living with dementia. It requires a special skill set to ensure people living with dementia get the highest quality care and our staff - from housekeeping to nurses –receive this training.
The centre retains a single GP for all our residents to ensure quality and consistency of resident care and to ensure the GP knows our residents as well as the staff. Furthermore the centre has regular visiting audiology, chiropody, dental and ophthalmology teams to ensure those residents who are unable to attend appoints are seen in the comfort of their own home.
Behind the scenes the housekeeping, catering and maintenance staff make their own essential contributions to the smooth running and happy atmosphere of the Centre enjoyed by all of our residents and are often seen sharing a cup of tea with residents.