Our team of dedicated experts always go the extra mile as we know that the little things really do matter. We make it our business to understand what’s unique about each of our clients and we genuinely care.
“We have created a culture that we are proud of, where our staff and clients are valued and respected and are at the centre of all of our thinking and everything we do.”
Trudi has more than 30 years experience in the care sector and set up AHC in 2017. She is a passionate believer that there is an alternative to going into a residential home and wants to enable everyone to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Trudi has an energy and commitment and a ‘never say no’ attitude reflected in several roles outside of AHC – she’s a board member of two Buckinghamshire based charities – The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough and The Heart of Bucks charity.
As a Dementia Champion, she’s always out networking and meeting others to share the aim of improving life for everyone, especially the elderly and those living with life-debilitating illnesses. She has several industry awards to her name and was most recently named Outstanding Individual by the renowned Home Care Awards judges. Trudi lives in a busy house in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two daughters!
Sarah joined the company shortly after it opened on a part time basis whilst studying to become a social worker. She later took on a full time role and it wasn’t long before she became an integral part of the head office team. Sarah’s expertise is care and compliance and she has full oversight of our operations ensuring that everything we do meets our very high quality standards.
As well as managing the operations and making sure our clients are happy, Sarah is the Registered Manager an important role that involves registration with the Care Quality Commission. Sarah lives locally with her partner and they share their home with an elderly friend. Sarah’s a huge exercise freak and when not working can be found doing jazzercize sessions, working out with her personal trainer or is out running
Agata joined the Ashridge Home Care Team in February 2020 as Care Manager. She is responsible for making sure that our clients and carers are being looked after. That includes making sure that our carers are well trained and also providing a professional care needs assessment for every client. Her attention to details makes sure that we deliver the best possible standard of care.
Having studied clinical psychology at University in Poland Agata started her career as a carer and then worked in a nursing home before becoming assistant manager at a care home. She has a caring background through and through. Agata came to England with her husband for a few months of adventure back in 2009 and now 11 years later they still live here with their young son. She spends her free time with her boys outdoors in nature.
Victoria joined the Ashridge Home Care team in February 2021. As such she is responsible for ensuring that clients receive the very highest standard of service assessing their individual needs and providing direct support to clients.
After graduating from university ,Victoria chose to pursue a career in the care sector as she enjoys the opportunity it provides to meet people with fascinating stories to tell and making a difference to people’s lives by helping them feel secure and comfortable. Over the past ten years Victoria has worked in various different roles within the care sector including as a Care Assistant providing care to people and she has also worked as a Registered Manager with a Home Care business.
Originally from Buckinghamshire, Victoria now lives in Chesham with her partner and their cat, Autumn. She enjoys walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside and loves to travel, and is very much looking forward to when she can do so again!
Heather joined the Ashridge team in September 2020 as a visiting carer and since January 2021 has taken on a new role as Complex Care Lead. In this role Heather provides support to live-in carers and clients who have complex care needs, in particular those with long term conditions that become more complex as they reach end of life.
Heather works across both the live-in care and visiting care teams to provide support and part of her role entails undertaking quality assurance audits to ensure carers are safe and happy in their roles. Heather also continues to make companionship visits to a number of clients.
A registered nurse and with a degree in Palliative Care, Heather has had a lifetime career in nursing and for the past 20 years has specialised in palliative and end of life care.
Heather lives in South Oxfordshire where she loves looking after her dog, Patch and taking him on long walks. One of her passions is the viola, she used to be a professional musician and still enjoys playing in the local orchestra.
Working Mum of three, Emma, is our care co-ordinator. She holds a key role at Head Office, as well as overseeing the recruitment of carers, Emma manages the schedules of the visiting carers. Not an easy organisational feat! With more than 600 hours of care a week to organise Emma does a brilliant job at making sure the right person visits each client. Emma ensures there is consistency of care provided to our clients and works closely with Sarah to ensure all training courses are compliant and is on hand to support the carers in any queries and concerns they may have.
Outside of work she runs a busy household with three children and a husband. For relaxation she is extremely talented at sewing and crafts. She says that the whole family enjoys nature and the outdoors.
Chloe joined the Ashridge team full time as our Care Administrator in the summer of 2020.
She studied health and social care and has always had an ambition to work in the care sector. Chloe’s role focuses on recruiting live-in and visiting carers. She is also responsible for ensuring that all new carers’ paperwork is compliant and their training is up to date.
But that’s not all, Chloe also has hands-on care experience working as a visiting carer for a few additional hours each week. She visits clients regularly in Amersham and Prestwood helping with dinner time and helping them with the bedtime routine. She is helping to rehabilitate one client after she’d had a stroke and as well as doing physio, they go on walks in the countryside together. Chloe spends her spare time walking her Golden Retriever Dudley and loves a good book.
For several months a year Jane lives with her husband on their farm in Bulgaria, overseeing a renovation project and looking after hoardes of animals. But the rest of the time she lives with a lovely lady in Buckinghamshire who is in the later stages of dementia, making sure she is well cared for and happy. Each day is different, “every morning we get up and I have to see where we are for the day either on holiday or maybe back in hospital. But I start every day by working out where we are and go along with her story to ensure she stays calm and happy.” So life is varied but her overriding priority is that her client has an enjoyable time, be that doing her nails or hair, whilst also maintaining the important routines like regular medication and personal hygiene.
Amanda has worked with Ashridge Home Care for nearly two years visiting clients in Wendover, Chesham, Great Missenden and Weston Turville. Nearly 70% of her clients are dealing with Dementia. She was previously offered a role with an agency offering 15-minute and half-hour visits. But she felt uncomfortable with that, “I knew I’d feel dreadful, having to leave a vulnerable person after such a short time.” Her visits can include helping clients to get up, dressed and washed, ensuring prescription tablets are taken at the correct time. Visits to the shops, medical appointments, a walk in the park, preparing meals, the list goes on. “It’s hugely rewarding to enable people to maintain independent living. There is nothing more satisfying than giving a person time and patience to express themselves at their own pace.
Annabel lives in Hertfordshire with her three children and as well as being an Ashridge Home Care accredited visiting carer runs a popular yoga studio ‘Zest Yoga’. Annabel has a natural, caring personality and came to caring later in life, because she wanted to do something fulfilling and give back to her local community. It’s a highly flexible option that fits into her varied lifestyle. Annabel visits two couples regularly at their homes. She loves her time with them, has fun and finds it very rewarding as she knows she’s enabling someone to have a break, take time for themselves in the knowledge that their loved one is being cared for.
We will always need people like you, to take care of our loved ones! For us, caring for others is one of the most important jobs you can do.
“The team at Ashridge is amazing. Supportive, flexible, like-minded people coming together to help those that are vulnerable in the community. I love working for Ashridge Home Care!” Paula Hope Reed
“The most supportive team of people to work with! Ashridge are extremely approachable and really helpful. They are extremely dedicated and hard working!” Rox Wilkins
We are so privileged to have so many incredible carers who provide the care our clients need every day. They’re human & we know it, yet they somehow manage to be our superheroes.
Ashridge Home Care, recently awarded ‘Best Employer’ in Buckinghamshire County Council’s ‘Proud of Bucks’ Awards is actively looking to hire 100 live-in carers and visiting carers to help take care of its growing number of clients. For more info , click here.
“Our carer is so wonderful and we wouldn’t want to lose her – she has been excellent looking after my father, the dogs and the house while my mother has been in hospital.”
“I and indeed the whole family are most appreciative of your warmth and kindnesses.”