Tracey Webster, Registered Manager at our Flintshire office, has shown that care work can be a job for life after celebrating 30 years working in the industry.
Tracey worked for Cherry Tree Residential Home in Manchester in 1989 and then Access Homecare. She moved to Flintshire in Wales in 2000 to become a carer and became a part of the Abacare team in 2019.
Fifty-two-year-old Tracey, who lives in Flint, said: “Care work is the most fulfilling role you can take on. Little did I know when I first took on a care job that I would make friends for life in not only my colleagues but also the service users I was looking after and their families and be able to carve out a career for myself.
“I have worked in Flintshire for 19 years. I started as a care worker before moving on to become co-ordinator. After a few years I interviewed for the Manager position and was offered the job. When the branch I was working at was taken over by Abacare earlier this year I was able to transfer and stayed with the same great team who have been with me for more than 15 years. They are all as dedicated to the job as I am.
“Every day is different and although I am now not looking after service users on a daily basis, I still interact with lots of them and their families and manage a brilliant team of carers.
“I would highly recommend anyone interested in a career in care to give it a go as for me, it’s become a vocation in life, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
In her spare time Tracey spends time with her family and she looks after her grandchildren every weekend.
Neil Griffiths, our Regional Manager, said: “We would like to congratulate Tracey on her long service in the industry. She is a prime example to other people that a job in care can be for life. She is extremely dedicated, hardworking and most importantly of all, caring, and she is a true inspiration to others.
“Our service users benefit hugely from having long serving staff members as it means they can get to know a friendly face and form a friendship over the years. This makes them more comfortable having someone they know and recognise come into their home or speak to them over the telephone, rather than a different person each time.”