Casarita is in the village of Taverham, a suburb of the city of Norwich. It has many shops, cafes and public houses in the local area and transport links to the city of Norwich with its vibrant array of sporting, leisure and recreational facilities.
This Residential Care Service provides the opportunity for seven individuals to create their own home. Casarita has been providing residential care to a mixed gender group of individuals with complex learning disability and autism needs since it opened in 2002.
At Casarita we have a long-standing staff team that have been working with us for over 10 years. We focus our care on being person centred and arrange regular activities based on the individuals interests and needs. We provide a range of activities and try to encourage development to support our service users to live happy and fulfilling lives
I have many years of experience within different care settings. I started my career as a qualified nurse working in many disciplines from Special Care Baby Unit to Elderly End of Life Care, and every age group in between. I have even been in the army (Queen Alexandria's Royal Army Nursing Corp), although I don't think I was a very good soldier as I don't particularly like being told what to do!!
I had a break to bring up my children, and on returning, I worked for an agency who sent me to a local hospital for Adults with a Learning Disability who were in crisis. That was the start of working with this group of people for the last 25+ years.
I have worked from Support Worker, working my way 'up the ladder' to Registered Manager and now Regional General Manager, where I oversee, guide and support 8 Residential Care Homes to maintain the best quality of care and support possible.
I firmly believe in the rights of the individuals we support to be as individual as they can possibly be. Giving opportunities to develop and supporting and recognising each individual as a person in their own right. The individuals are at the centre of everything I strive to do.
25 years is a long time, but my enthusiasm and dedication to my chosen field of care has never diminished. I am as devoted and passionate about supporting the rights of individuals today as I was all those years ago.