Staff and residents have said an emotional goodbye to Wendy Bristow who has retired after five years as home manager of Parkfield House Nursing Home.

Originally from the East Yorkshire town of Beverley, Wendy trained as a nurse and went on to enjoy a long and successful career in social care. Before joining us in 2015, she had worked at a senior level, as both home and operations manager, for other large providers in the care sector.

Straight-talking, down-to-earth Wendy is a great favourite with staff, residents and relatives, and she will be missed by us all. She will be particularly remembered for her determination to bring the HenPower initiative to the home and our successful partnership with Equal Arts, several high commendations at the Care Home Awards, reaching two years as a pressure-sore-free home and a memorable visit by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year, among many other accolades. “Wendy has taken the home from strength to strength and we are deeply grateful for her efforts. We’d all like to wish her the very best of luck in her retirement,” says Operations Manager Caron Sanders-Crook.

We are confident that Wendy’s retirement will be a busy one. Having moved house recently, she is planning to spend some much-needed time on both the house and garden. Her retirement gifts – a watering can engraved with her name, secateurs and gardening gloves – will certainly give her a flying start.

Wendy’s successor as home manager is Shawndell Barker. Says Caron: “Before leaving Wendy played a huge part in the recruitment and induction of her successor to make sure we handed the home over to the right person. So, Parkfield is in good hands!”

We very much hope that Wendy will come back to visit us at Parkfield House very soon.