September 2 2014 Latest news:
By Lucy Clapham
Saturday, March 15, 2014
A Gorleston care home has appointed a new manager as work on a £250,000 refurbishment project gets under way.
Chris Chambers will lead The Gables through its makeover after taking on the leading role at the Marine Parade home.
A number of updates are being carried out as part of the six-figure investment, including new roofing, carpeting, general redecoration and the refurbishment of four unused rooms in the rooftop of the Victorian mansion, creating new en-suite rooms for residents.
Mr Chambers, who has worked in residential and dementia-based care since 1992, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the home and has already starting learning about the imposing building’s grand history.
He said: “I’m really enjoying it here at The Gables – everyone has made me very welcome. The home has a good local reputation and I’m pleased to be leading the operations here in conjunction with the great carers and support team.
“Since joining, I’ve been looking into the history of the magnificent building to see if I can uncover more details about its history. Residents from Gorleston have already told me about its past as a luxury hotel and so we’re enjoying piecing The Gables’ history together.”
Mr Chambers started working in the care industry 22 years ago, initially as a domestic before becoming a carer.
He later progressed to a team leader of a day centre and then worked at local housing management schemes, including one for Norfolk County Council.
Before joining The Gables, he was manager of a dementia-focused unit, also in Gorleston.
David Bates, chief operating officer of the Healthcare Homes Group, which looks after The Gables, said: “As a resident of the local community we know Chris is very passionate about continuing to deliver the very best service to residents, to ensure The Gables maintains the quality reputation it has built up over the years.
“Chris joins the home at a busy time, as we have just embarked on a refurbishment programme, which will see a number of updates and refreshes across the home. Plus, he was able to help organise the celebrations for resident Doris Thompson’s 100th birthday.”