Roseleigh People – Megan Thomson

When Megan Thomson decided she wanted to work in residential care, there was only one home for her – the one her late granddad lived in.

That was three years ago, and Megan is now one of our Senior Care Assistants at Roseleigh, with aspirations to go further.

But her story begins somewhere else – in a retail store to be exact.

She was working part-time as a sales assistant in a large high street store in her hometown of Middlesbrough before she decided that care was the career for her.

Megan enrolled at Middlesbrough College to undertake a two-year diploma in health and social care.

As part of her course she was required to do work experience, so when asked which care home she ideally would like to do this in, she had only one in mind – Roseleigh.

Megan explains: “My grandad lived at Roseleigh and I used to visit him regularly before he died and fell in love with the place based on the time I spent there.

“It had such a welcoming, homely environment so Roseleigh was always my first choice for my work experience placement.

“I worked one day a week there and spent the rest at college, but I also helped out during holidays too.”

After successfully completing her diploma, Megan was offered a permanent position at Roseleigh, which she had no hesitation in saying yes to.

There’s no such thing as an average day in the life of a Care Assistant, but in Megan’s case, this can start on a morning helping to serve residents their breakfast, attending to their personal needs and administering medication; and the rest of her shift ranges from serving tea and biscuits through to changing catheters and carrying our observations.

Megan adds: “I like working with old people and generally I think I get on better with the older generation as I have their best interests at heart.”

Megan admits it has been a difficult time since the Covid-19 pandemic, but she is proud to say she was one of the key workers that were at the frontline throughout.

She says: “It has been challenging but more for the residents and their families, than ourselves as carers.

“Not being able to have family visits has been very difficult for everyone but that’s starting to change now with visits in the garden now permitted.”

When she’s not at work, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and doing some “retail therapy”.

She concludes: “I love my job. It’s not always the easiest and you don’t come in it for the money, but for me it’s the best thing in the world.”

Why Choose Constantia Healthcare?

Residential & Nursing Care

Providing a homely, safe and secure environment for your loved ones

Respite & Day Care

Looking after your loved ones while you have a well-earned rest and break

Alzheimers & Dementia Care

Specialist care for people with complex needs at Roseleigh in Middlesbrough

Varied Activity Programme

Stimulating body and mind with an ever-changing schedule