Gemma Parkin is the new Home Manager at The Aldbury, our dedicated dementia care home in Poole, having been promoted from Clinical Lead there.
Before joining us, she had worked in various NHS nursing roles and had been a nurse and carer at another dementia care home.
Gemma says she came into nursing ‘a bit late’, in 2010, having held sales and account management roles while bringing up her children Amber and Josh, now aged 23 and 19 respectively.
“After I went to college and did my nursing degree, I worked at Poole Hospital and started on an acute medical unit,” she explained. “While at Poole, I did agency shifts in dementia care and worked as a healthcare assistant in a dementia home.”
It was a suggestion from her husband Richard, an emergency care assistant for South Western Ambulance Service, that brought Gemma to us. When she said she was thinking of finding another post, he recommended Colten Care, saying that in his experience we were ‘knowledgeable and had nice homes’.
“It was sound advice,” said Gemma. “After I researched Colten Care, I applied for, and was accepted, into the role of Clinical Lead at The Aldbury in October 2019. Everything was aligned at the right time, just as the vacancy came up.”
Discussing her promotion to Home Manager, Gemma said: “I did find it hard to hand over the clinical side to begin with, but the team really helped make it easy for me. As Home Manager you have the satisfaction of seeing all kinds of ideas come through to fruition.”
Gemma has particular praise for Clinical Lead Nimpha Salmon and Care Co-ordinator Sam Reid for their help, adding: “Nimpha, Sam and our colleagues are a really good team who all want to achieve the same goals. We aim to take this home to an Outstanding rating as soon as we have our next inspection from CQC.”
Gemma is originally from Weymouth and now lives in Poole, just a short drive from The Aldbury.