It’s set to be the first care home in South Gloucestershire. Grace Care Centre, is on track to open on 19 February 2018.
The Orders of St John’s Care Trust (OSJCT)’s new commissioning attracted the attention of care home manager Pyela Mwale, who has taken up the role of General Manager and has been run off her feet ensuring everything is in place to open on its due date.
Pyela wasn’t picked at random to take on this challenge; she has previous experience in being part of commissioning new care homes and this is her third brand new care home that she has been part of commissioning.
“I’m so excited to be trusted with this opportunity,” Pyela said. “I like the challenge of setting up a new home as it gives me an opportunity to choose the right team to work with and an even greater opportunity to get it right from the start.”
Pyela has over 20 years’ experience as a qualified nurse, of which 11 years has been managing care homes, regional management and commissioning new homes across the UK. In addition to being a nurse, she also has a qualification in Business Management from Essex University and was awarded the Registered Managers Award in 2008 from Stroud College. She also has done several other courses to include leadership in Dementia Management with Worcester University in 2013 and had a refresher of the same course in 2017.
Pyela is very passionate about delivering care that is tailored to an individual. “Our vision for this home is to ensure we stand out from the rest by treating residents as individuals and supporting them to be as independent as possible. We want them to have a fulfilling life when they come and live at Grace Care Centre. The team is aware that this is the home for the residents that will live here, and we come to work in their home.”
Recruitment has been positive, with close to 30 new team members having commenced work already. The 70-bed care home will offer compassionate and personalised 24-hour specialist dementia and nursing care, split over three floors and will incorporate a number of features to promote reminiscence as therapy.
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The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) operates 71 homes and 14 extra care housing schemes across Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, West Sussex and Suffolk. OSJCT’s broad range of services includes dementia, intermediate, respite and day care, and specialised nursing. Our ethos of care, which underpins all our activities, is based on our belief that all individuals living in our homes, should be given care that meets their individual needs. We also believe that our residents and day care visitors should enjoy life in an atmosphere of warmth, harmony and understanding, being cared for by people who appreciate their need for privacy and who will respect their dignity and freedom of choice.