My name is Simanti and as the new Home Manager at Greenacres care home I’d like to introduce myself and tell you a bit about our home in Banstead.

I’m proud to say I have worked for Anchor for almost 5 years, and am very pleased to see the organisation recognised in The Sunday Times Best 100 Places to Work recently.

Originally I come from a financial banking background, which perhaps isn’t all that common among care home managers, but after my daughter was born I decided to make a career change and joined Anchor as an Administrative Manager at Augusta Court care home in Chichester.

Working in a care home for the first time had a huge impact on me. Being in such a different work environment and with a team of inherently caring professionals really opened my eyes to the care sector and taught me a lot about myself. Careers in care don’t have a particularly glamourous reputation, but I’ve learnt for myself that supporting people to live well, maintain their independence and continue doing all the things they love as they get older, is hugely rewarding.

I was encouraged to take on the role of Care Manager at Elizabeth Court care home in Caterham and then in October 2015, when an opportunity came up here at Greenacres to be Home Manager, I joined the team to oversee the running of the entire home.

It feels great to work for a company that recognises potential and opens up pathways for individuals to progress. I feel very supported by Anchor and hope to achieve great things with my new team here at Greenacres.

One of my great passions is dementia care, and in particular raising awareness and dispelling myths around the condition. 

I’m an Anchor Dementia and Dignity Champion and volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Friend, working to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in my local community. 

Here at Greenacres the entire team share my enthusiasm and together we work closely with residents and their families, as well as local professionals and community groups to break down the barriers around dementia. We are all focused on getting more people talking about the condition in an open and honest way and to ensure people living with dementia know where to go for information and how to ensure they receive the right type of support.

With a well-established team who really know the local area, I’m also enjoying getting to know the wide range of community groups that already have great relationships with Greenacres, and look forward to meeting new people and fostering new partnerships. 

We have a great social calendar here and residents and staffs regularly enjoy visits from local school children, performances from musicians and dancers and even cocktail evenings, how many people can say work offers them this kind of fun on a daily basis?

I’m really excited to see what this year brings for Greenacres, and look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Simanti Nandi is the Home Manager at Greenacres care home in Banstead, Surrey.

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