Inglewood House is an attractive, spacious residential service, supporting adults with dementia, learning disabilities, epilepsy and complex physical needs, as well as end of life care. It is a home for adults who currently range in age from 30-76.
Liz Hayes has been the Home Manager at Inglewood House for 20 years and shared her experience with us. She told us, “The best thing about my job is caring for people we support and seeing them reach their full potential!
“I love working with learning disabilities. The work is both rewarding and challenging, and no two days are the same. Using person-centred approaches with everything we do allows us to watch personal growth and development, which is a huge aim of ours. People we support are thankful for everything we do for them – they are a pleasure to care and support for.”
Liz described her career path so far: “My mum paved the way for me to go into nursing which I have to say I loved, and working with people became a priority for me. My love for working alongside individuals with learning disabilities only gets greater every day.
“I started my career by completing my nurse training at St Bartholomew’s in London. I then went into elderly care and progressed over 40 years working in the learning disability field, working my way up from Support Worker to Manager.”
People who live at Inglewood House are encouraged to be as independent as possible through the use of person-centred plans which are tailored towards the individual. People are also encouraged to take part in meaningful social and leisure activities that enrich their lives.
“What inspires me to keep going is the love of my job, the people I support, and the team who work alongside me every day,” said Liz.
We asked Liz what she is most proud of in her career so far. She said, “One of my support workers has just achieved the accolade of Newcomer Support Worker in the British Care Awards 2021. The Inglewood team were also in the runner-up group for the Team Award!”
Outside of work, Liz spends most of her time with her family, including her grandchildren. She also enjoys going for walks.
Liz shared her mission and aspirations for the future of Inglewood: “My aim is to continue managing Inglewood House and ensuring the service remains at its full potential. It’s also to encourage people we support to carry on achieving their goals and life skills.
“This can be achieved by the fully competent team we have here who work together. I’m excited about continuing to watch my team, and people we support, to thrive.”
Find out more about Inglewood House in Camberley, Surrey.