Ruth Woodward is from Bulwell, Nottingham and has worked for Eastgate Care, at Park House, for more than 20 years, completing all her care training with the company.
To fit in with raising a family, Ruth’s care work started as a child minder; nurturing and helping individuals came naturally and although Ruth has qualifications for senior care positions she prefers to stay with the rudimentary care that she loves.
Working for Eastgate has meant a secure, stable income for two decades, with consistent training and updates over the years. What matters to Ruth, in the home, is that the residents are given quality daily care and understanding by their carer.
“I enjoy my job, especially end of life care and making a difference to my residents, who become as important to me as my own family – remember I often spend more time with my residents, than my family,” said Ruth.
“In the early days the flexible hours helped me as a parent and I have not wanted a change of career since then as I enjoy my job.”
Ruth has known many residents over her career at Park House, some of whom come to stay for what they believe will be a short time and who are still happily with us many years later. One such resident is Ian who has lived at Park House now for 12 years; when he first arrived, he would only drink water and lie in bed. Special attention from Ruth and the other team members meant that Ian very gradually ate a little more, they helped him build up strength, helped healing sores, so that he was eventually able to sit up in bed and subsequently use a wheelchair to get out into the Park House garden, where he enjoys at all times of year.
“I consider Park House my home and the people here are my extended family,” said Ruth.
“ I help prepare a clean room for my residents, so they feel at home and loved and I help new employees by sharing my experience with them”.
Who wouldn’t want Ruth to look after themselves or their family?
For anyone wondering about a career in care it really can offer you flexibility, stability and a rewarding job, for those who care.