“I feel privileged to be leading such a wonderful home”, says Vanda Baker as she settles into her appointment as Home Manager at St Catherines View in Winchester. “I’ve had a lovely warm welcome and am already enjoying the chance opportunity to get to know all the residents and their families as well as my team members.”
Vanda comes to St Catherines View with 20 years’ career experience in older people’s health and social care. She has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, most recently managing a dedicated and has previously managed a nursing/dementia care home on Hayling Island where she helped build extensive community links.
One of the top priorities in her new role is continue to bring the team together, embracing everyone’s talents and skills. “I believe that only by developing strong teamwork can you bring about lasting continuity in care,” she says.
Vanda has a relative with Alzheimer’s and says she knows the impact it can have on a family. “I do understand what relatives go through. We must ensure that when families entrust their loved one to us, we look at the experience not just in terms of both clinical and holistic care.”
Another key aim for Vanda is to grow the home’s community links so that more people can understand what makes St Catherines View a multi-award winning home.
Vanda lives in the South Hampshire village of Denmead and is married with two sons aged 12 and eight, who both participate in sports fans. Asked about life outside work, she says: “Most weekends I am somewhere between football and rugby, but I love it”.