Meet the team - The Cottage

Find out more about our wonderful team taking care of our clients at The Cottage - our day club in Portobello.  

Tricia

What’s your role at LifeCare? I am the Senior Carer at The Cottage

When did you join LifeCare? 2005

What did you do before? I worked as a carer within a nursing home

Why did you join LifeCare? I was looking for a new challenge and good working hours.

What does your role involve? I oversee the day to day running of the club, support the staff in their daily duties and manage referrals – engaging with potential new clients and their carers.

What is the best thing about the role? Seeing clients settle into our care, engaging with and enjoying the company of others – they often become firm friends – there is a lot of laughing and fun!

Why do you stay? We have a good work environment, staff are valued and supported and we have good team ethics.

What three words sum up LifeCare and your work? Reliable, Caring, Valued

Dianne

What’s your role at LifeCare? I am a Care Worker at The Cottage

When did you join LifeCare? 2018

What did you do before? I worked as a bank administrator

Why did you join LifeCare? I heard good things about LifeCare and liked the working hours.

What does your role involve? Assisting clients with transportation such as practical support getting on/off minibus when picking up /taking clients home. Offering various activities- quizzes, ball games (indoor), reminiscing, art and craft, music. Helping clients with their tea/coffee breaks and lunch.

What is the best thing about the role? It’s a lovely environment, a great team, and I love getting to see client’s confidence grow thanks to our care

Why do you stay? I love the job, great clients, boss and team. The Cottage has a lovely homely feel about it.

What three words sum up LifeCare and your work? Community, Caring, Teamwork

Haley

What’s your role at LifeCare? I am a Care Worker at The Cottage

When did you join LifeCare? September 2021

What did you do before? My background is all in dementia care and mental health charities

Why did you join LifeCare? Over the years I have heard only positive comments from clients, family and carers about LifeCare, it’s a place I have always wanted to work

What does your role involve? Running daily activities to stimulate clients, bringing joy and a smile to their faces

What is the best thing about the role? I get to spend so much time with clients which I love, hearing their life stories and enjoying the humour. A smile on someone’s face is priceless.

Why do you stay? I feel supported and listened to as a member of LifeCare staff and I am part of a great team at The Cottage.

What three words sum up LifeCare and your work? Companionship, Joy, Valued

Montse

What’s your role at LifeCare? I am a Care Worker at The Cottage

When did you join LifeCare? November 2021

What did you do before? I worked in similar day centre previously at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Why did you join LifeCare? For the good ethos and good reputation

What does your role involve? Providing a safe environment and person-centred care to clients with a form of Dementia, offering activities that stimulate them both mentally and physically and reduce social isolation.

What is the best thing about the role? Making a positive impact on people’s lives and getting to know the clients.

Why do you stay? Good company and conditions, nice working environment.

What three words sum up LifeCare and your work? Caring, Supportive, Fair