Wentworth Court manager, Kate Stevens has been working in care homes since she was at school, helping out at weekends as a kitchen assistant. After A levels, she decided against university to become a full-time care assistant in a nursing home specialising in dementia care and complex needs.
Developing her experience over a decade and undertaking her Leadership and Management Award, Kate become senior team leader and then assistant manager at a nursing home in Cheltenham. Previous to working at Wentworth Court, Kate has been registered manager at a residential care home in Gloucester.
Kate has direct experience of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s.
Kate explains: “My Nan was my inspiration when she was the Matron of Cashes Green hospital in Stroud. She was a much respected lady, who sadly was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when I was a teenager.
“This was a very traumatic time for the family and at the time there was very little support or knowledge about the disease. After three years of living at home, her dementia was very advanced and she went into a nursing home, which was sadly a bad experience for the family.
“I helped care for my Nan in the last six months of her life and I knew it was something I wanted to do. Caring for people with dementia is so hard and when you are related to that person even harder. I knew from then on I wanted to work in care and especially in dementia care.
“The vision that Wentworth Court has to provide care for people who are suffering with dementia is absolutely fantastic and I love the idea of whole home approach to ensure the highest quality care is given at all times.”
Kate is very passionate about caring for people with dementia and ensuring that there is support for families, friends and carers.
Kate says: “I am looking forward to developing the home and ensuring that we provide outstanding care for everyone who walks through are door. Although Wentworth Court only opened its doors in May, it has all the potential to be a benchmark for other homes.”
When not working, Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends. A big rugby fan, Kate enjoys watching Gloucester play at Kingsholm. Growing up in an army family, with a brother in the Royal Marines, Kate is also interested in current affairs and politics.