Haslemere care home Manager shares ‘Midwife to Carer’ journey

Jan Daly, Manager at Redcot care home in Haslemere, shares her Midwife care journey. To celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife, Jan Daly, the Registered Care Home Manager at Redcot, our residential care home in Haslemere, Surrey, has been sharing her own ‘Midwife to Carer’ journey.

“From a very young age, I knew I wanted to work in the Care Sector, either as a Nurse, Midwife or Carer. I just felt this deep need to help people,” said Jan. “I grew up in a nursing environment, as my Mum was a Nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. When I was about five-years-old, I had my very own Nurses uniform and Doctor’s bag and I used to love listening to my Mum’s stories about what she’d been doing at the hospital each day.

“My choice of career path never left me. After finishing school I went to Guildford College to begin my Nursing journey,” Jan continued.“Then, when I was able, I decided to specialise in Midwifery and worked hard to become a Registered Midwife. After qualifying, I worked at The Royal Surrey county Hospital and happily worked there, delivering many beautiful, bouncing babies for many years. After having my own family, I returned to work in care and nearly five years ago, I joined Friends of the Elderly as the Registered Care Home Manager at Redcot.

During her career as a Midwife, Jan delivered many healthy bouncing babies. “It’s true what they say that it’s a small world as it turns out that I delivered one of my Team’s sisters many years ago,” Jan added.

At Friends of the Elderly, we have 12 Registered Nurses and Midwives working within its care homes and day care services, all of whom have a steadfast and untiring commitment and devotion to make a difference to older people’s daily lives.

“At Redcot, one of our Activities Coordinators – Ann Essam – was also a Midwife in her previous career,” continued Jan. “Ann worked as a Midwife for three years and then became the District Midwife, a role she stayed in for 14 years. Then, due to family circumstances, Ann moved to Liphook in Surrey and took a role as a Midwife at The Royal Surrey Hospital, where she stayed for 20 years.

“Ann tried retirement, but that didn’t last for long,” added Jan. “After working as a Midwife for so many years, Ann tells me that she just couldn’t take to being retired, it was too boring. So, after working at Bernard Sunley, our Woking-based residential, nursing and dementia care home as an Activities Coordinator for a number of years, we were very lucky and grateful that Ann moved to Redcot and took on the role here. She’s always joking that she thinks the residents relate to her so well as she’s not too much younger than them,” Jan continued.

“I love working at Redcot. I have an amazing and caring team who are devoted to our residents, making sure that they are happy, safe, engaged and motivated every day. Our residents are wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with them, whether we are taking part in one of our many wide and varied activities or simply sitting down with a cup of tea and having a chat. Their life stories are fascinating and some of the tales they tell me are absolutely hilarious. I wouldn’t change what I do for all the tea in China,” Jan concluded.

Find out more about Redcot care home by calling 01428 644 637 or emailing enquiries@fote.org.uk