A “DEDICATED, loving and compassionate” care home worker was surprised by colleagues after reaching 30 years of service at a Merseyside care home.
For three decades Elaine Burke has spent her working days caring for elderly residents at Aaron Grange Care Home, on Blacklow Brown, Huyton, in the Borough of Knowsley.
On the day of her milestone year, Elaine went to work as usual and began her daily duties only to get a shock when she was presented with a hamper full of gifts.
Friends and colleagues had all donated to get a large bouquet of flowers, bottles of Elaine’s favourite gin and rose wine, a box of luxury chocolates, and a gift card to use in her favourite shops. She also received another bouquet of flowers from the Hill Care Group management team, which operates the care home.
She said: “It has been a great pleasure to have worked for Aaron Grange for the past 30 years. I’d like to thank all my colleagues for such a lovely gesture, surprising me and congratulating me on my achievement with all my favourite gifts.
“I look forward to raising a glass to Aaron Grange and my last 30 years here as a senior health care assistant.”
Elaine started working at Aaron Grange Care Home in February 1992, as a night care assistant. Supported by her three sons, Marc, Michael, and Lee, and partner Ken she quickly rose through the ranks to her current position as senior healthcare assistant.
Now a grandmother of four – Francis, Faye, Ethan, and Nate – Elaine has no plans to slow down or retire, but she is planning a holiday cruise later this year after twice getting cancelled due to the pandemic.
She said: “I’ve loved and cared for resident’s past and present and hope to be able to do so for many more years to come.”
Residents at the care home also congratulated Elaine on her milestone. Linda Eyers said: “Elaine is such a loving and kind lady. 30 years is an amazing achievement.”
Fellow resident Tom Glynn said: “Well done Elaine. Congratulations.”
Winnie Loughman added: “Wow – 30 years. You should be very proud of yourself, Elaine.”
Sarah Davies, home manager at Aaron Grange Care Home, said: “I would like to congratulation Elaine on such as astonishing achievement.
“It has been a great pleasure to have worked with you over the last 25 years and I hope to for a long time to come. You have shown such dedication, love, and compassion to all our residents over the years and for that I thank you.”
Amy Muscatelli, activity co-ordinator at Aaron Grange Care Home, said: “I have worked with Elaine for over 17 years. She has shown all our residents over the years loyalty, compassion, and care.
“A big congratulations to Elaine. 30 years is huge. Well done.”