The Aldbury’s new Home Manager Kim Harding says it was like ‘coming home’ when she took over the reins in the summer.
Kim has worked in the care sector for 27 years, performing a number of senior roles including commissioning a 60-bed dementia care home. More recently she was in regional management, responsible for a whole portfolio of homes in the south of England.
“My most enjoyable times have been when I’ve been managing my own home,” says Kim. “You build such great relationships with residents and families. That’s what it’s like at The Aldbury, which is an absolutely fantastic care setting. I’m very much enjoying getting to know everyone and after all the regional management I’ve done, and all the travelling that involves, joining The Aldbury really made me feel like I had come home.”
Kim, who took up her post in the same week as new Dementia Lead Rachael Davies, adds: “The Aldbury has an overall Good rating from CQC across all key lines of enquiry. That’s fine, but it’s clear that the home has strong foundations to go further and be Outstanding. ”
Asked how a dementia care home such as The Aldbury differs from a general nursing setting, Kim says: “For a home like this to succeed it has to deliver individualised, appropriate care. Residents have put their trust in us at the most vulnerable time of their lives. You of course treat everyone with the same dignity and respect whether or not they have dementia, but you have to adapt your approach along the dementia journey.”
Bournemouth-born Kim is married with two children and two grandchildren. She lives in Verwood, Dorset, and outside work enjoys family time, camping, travelling and going to music festivals.