Care Home Manager Retires

The manager of a Shropshire care home has retired after 38 years in the industry.

Carole Williams had been in charge of Barclay Gardens, a 40-bed complex in Wellington Road, Telford, that caters for older people and those living with dementia, for three years, having worked to open the home 10 years ago.

Coverage Care - David Coull and Carole Williams celebrate her retirement from Barclay Gardens.

She first started working for the local authority as a night care assistant and worked her way up to assistant manager and manager. Carole transferred to work for Coverage Care, which runs 14 care homes in the county on a not-for-profit basis, in 1998.

Over the years Carole worked in numerous homes in the county including Audley House in Newport, Bennett House in Telford, Fairholme in Oswestry, Farcroft in Wellington, Briarfields in Shrewsbury and Barclay Gardens.

Carole, 65, said she had loved her time working in the care industry.

“Over the years I must have looked after thousands of older people and it has been a great career,” she said. “I have seen a lot of changes in care since I first started. It used to be people in dormitories, sleeping 8-10, and now people have individual care.

“I have embraced that change and really loved it. It has been an industry of continual change and from where we were to where we are now is fantastic. I intend to spend my retirement doing some charity work and will probably go back to doing a bit of care work to keep my hand in but not at management level.”

Residents and staff marked Carole’s departure with a party when she was presented with flowers and gifts from Coverage Care Chief Executive David Coull.

He said: “Carole epitomises all that is good about people who work in the care sector. She has dedicated her working life to looking after others and ensured Barclay Gardens is a safe and friendly place to live.

“We can’t thank her enough for her contribution and wish her all the best for a well deserved retirement.”

Michelle Yates has now taken over as manager of Barclay Gardens.

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