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Meet Our Manager, Julie Thompson

Last updated: 1.51pm, Monday 31st August 2020 by

Westerton Care Home are thrilled to introduce to you our General Manager, Julie Thompson.

Julie qualified from Queen’s University in Belfast as a Registered Nurse in 1998 and has been employed across a range of care settings since that time. These include working with children and working within brain injury rehabilitation and mental health services as well as looking after the elderly.

As an experienced manager, having worked in the care home sector in Scotland since 2012, Julie is always determined to achieve the best possible outcome for those in her care.

Julie joined Westerton Care Home as General Manager in April 2020, and is passionate about enabling residents within her care to live enriched and fulfilled lives.

Julie had this to say:
“It’s of the utmost importance that residents in my care enjoy an excellent quality of life. I’m a great believer that there is no room for compromise when it comes to providing care and I want my staff to feel like they have the autonomy and support, where required, to do the best job they can.

“I also support the concept that moving into a care home should mark the beginning of a new lease of life, one where you can be confident, independent and happy – safe in the knowledge, help is close at hand if required.

“At Westerton, the residents are at the heart of everything we do, and this is reflected by a home which is beautiful on the outside and the inside, too, with a fabulous range of facilities.”

Julie continued:
“My aim is to make Westerton a centre of excellence in the surrounding areas and ensure it becomes the ‘go to’ care home in East Dunbartonshire. Moving forward, we plan to work in partnership with our residents to undergo a period of refurbishment, and we want to strengthen community once lockdown is further lifted in Scotland.”

When asked to describe what a typical day is like, Julie explains this is unheard of:

“It’s vital, particularly in the current climate, that residents are supported to understand and live in the ‘new normal.’ The senior staff on duty meet every morning to discuss the aims and objectives for that day, and how we can help residents live life to their ultimate capability. While day trips are unfortunately on hold at the moment, there is certainly much to do within the home to keep everyone active and entertained - including our café, cinema room, hair salon, putting green and gardens.

“On a personal note, I’d like to thank all the staff, residents and families for their support, gifts and kindness over the last 6 months. It has been very much appreciated, and I look forward to working with you all to see Westerton go from strength to strength in the months and years to come.”

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