Wendy is retiring from the Thamesfield care home in Henley after 19 years of caring for the residents. Thamesfield sits in an enviable position on the banks of the River Thames close to Henley Bridge.
“Everybody cares about caring at Thamesfield,” said retiring matron Wendy Eltze. “The staff are passionate and committed. I couldn’t have wished to have worked with a better kind and caring team of people ” she added.
“It has been the most wonderful location in which to work – nestled by the river affording lovely views for staff and residents throughout the changing seasons. Residents at Thamesfield have always been encouraged to socialise and create a close-knit caring community and that is something we have developed with staff too. I have always believed that leading should be by example and have spent most of my working life actually with residents,” she said.
“Thamesfield has a great reputation locally and the Care Quality Commission has always reflected that belief with our regular inspections,” added Wendy.
She arrived at Thamesfield as a Senior Sister but after Retirement Villages bought the business in 2006, she became Matron.
“Retirement Villages has superb senior managers and the company’s commitment to investment and improvement has made it a privilege to work for them.
“Leaving here will be like leaving home and I am just trying to imagine that I am about to undertake a rather extended Gap Year.”
Wendy plans on spending time travelling in her retirement, doing charity work and enjoying the company of her three children and seven grandchildren.
Wendy’s replacement will be Mandy Gates, an experienced nurse with a wealth of experience, including time working in the Channel Islands. She has been shadowing Wendy for over two months in preparation for her new role.