A Radcliffe care home has celebrated the anniversary of both its longest-serving resident and staff member. HC-One’s Rose Court care home, in Radcliffe, Manchester, held a double celebration event that took place on May 21, 2024, to mark the anniversary of both the longest-serving resident Kath Turner and longest-serving staff member Susan Hedges.

Kath Turner, aged 75, has been a resident since 2006. She was born in Ireland and has seven siblings. Kath lived in Salford for many years and used to clean houses before moving into Rose Court.

Alison Turner, Kath’s daughter, stated:

“My mother has lived at Rose Court for 18-years. She has been very well looked after the whole time she has lived there by all the amazing staff. It was a difficult time during Covid but the staff at Rose Court kept me updated, we had regular telephone calls, video calls, photographs and letters written by my mum.

“We had visits in the pod that was built for indoor visits. They kept my mum safe as possible and worked long shifts and hard work to make this happen.

“I am single parent with two children and three jobs, I struggle to get to see my mum regularly, however I am always in the loop with what is happening with regular phone calls. I know my mum is safe and that puts my mind at rest, I am truly grateful to all the staff at Rose Court.”

When asked about living at Rose Court, Kath Turner remarked:

“I love living at Rose Court and enjoy getting involved with activities within the home. The staff are very kind.”

Susan ‘Sue’ Hedges has been a Care Assistant at HC-One Rose Court since 1996. Sue has lived all her life in Radcliffe and was born at Bealeys Maternity. Sue attended Radcliffe High School and then Bury College, where she studied Health and Social Care and Psychology at A-Level.

Sue wanted to be an Occupational Therapist and came to Rose Court while applying for university. However, Sue enjoyed her time at Rose Court and has never left the home.

When asked about why she works for HC-One in the care sector, Sue Hedges said:

“Kindness costs nothing, you do not always know everyone’s story or what is going on in their lives. Always be kind. Kindness always wins.”

Rose Court Home Manager, Leanne Batten-Smith, presented the ladies with a beautiful bouquet of flowers each and gave a speech while they posed for photos on Tuesday, May, 21, 2024.

Leanne Batten-Smith, Home Manager at Rose Court, said:

“I am very proud of this achievement for our home. The team and I have built up many years of rapport with both Kath and her family which is so wonderful to have.

“Susan is an amazing leader to new staff in the home, she always has a smile on her face and is a joy to have around. We are truly blessed with both of these amazing people in our lives.”

Allison Porter, Wellbeing Coordinator at Rose Court, added:

“Days like today makes me smile with pride and joy. My job is fantastic when we celebrate milestones like this.”

The team at Rose Court hope to celebrate many other upcoming milestones in the near future. For more information, visit the HC-One websitehere.