The role of the maintenance manager within a care home often goes unnoticed. We share lots of photographs of our residents living their best lives, alongside the care team and the lifestyle team, we share stories about our chefs and the wonderful dishes that they create but there is little mention of maintenance, the people behind the scenes, the people who ensure that everything in our home is in full working order, that it is comfortable, that it is safe.
From fixing taps and hanging pictures to keeping the garden and painting the walls, their job is diverse, and imperative to the smooth running of our home. There is a great team spirit here at Kingfisher, we all do our best to help each other out and this team spirit extends to our residents too.
Recently our maintenance man has been sprucing up our empty rooms, ready for our newest residents, painting the walls, cleaning the floors, and hanging shelves. Decorating can be a bit monotonous, and this is where our residents come to the rescue.
Our residents have many talents and skills, and they are always keen to lend their expertise when needed. This week Dave and Ray became honorary maintenance men, mucking in with the painting, rollers in hand they got on with the task and made a very good job of it. The team kept the tea coming and the conversation was lively and entertaining. It was a fabulous day for everyone involved.
For some people moving into residential care means that they never have to lift a paintbrush or a saucepan again and they are very happy with that however some of our residents want to remain involved with the day-to-day chores, they enjoy being busy and get a great sense of satisfaction from their contribution. They help out in many ways, from laying tables, delivering newspapers, hosting tours of the home or writing articles for our newsletter, they all make a huge difference and keep their home ticking along very nicely.