Paula Howlett has been appointed as the new manager of Avalon Nursing Home in Taunton Road, Bridgwater, which is part of the west country-based Camelot Care group of specialist dementia care homes.
Paula, who was previously the registered manager at a home in Burnham, originally trained as a psychiatric nurse.
She has been working in mental health care for 20 years, firstly with the NHS – including experience in hospital dementia units and as a community psychiatric nurse – then moving to the private sector in 2009.
Paula said: “I am really enjoying my new working environment. It’s busy and challenging – in a good way – and the team here are so professional, caring and enthusiastic. They really know how to ensure our lovely residents are supported to live their lives to the full.”
Her plans for new features at Avalon Nursing Home include a beauty area, with a salon for the ladies and a barber’s area – complete with traditional red and white barber’s pole – for the gents and a dementia garden incorporating a memorial garden.
“It would be great to introduce some other new features, such as a traditional mail-box where residents could post their own letters and possibly a telephone box because things like these help people with dementia to orientate themselves and bring items of familiarity to aid reminiscence,” added Paula.
She is also passionate about encouraging more music within the home due to its proven benefits to engage residents and improve their mood.
Camelot Care has 16 years’ experience in providing top quality nursing and dementia care to the elderly with other homes in Wellington and Yeovil in Somerset and Plymouth, Devon, see www.camelotcare.co.uk