Care home worker thanked for three decades of service
published on 6 May 2021
The Head of Care at The Salvation Army’s care Home Lyndon House has recently clocked up an incredible 30 years’ service.
Sandy Cummins started work as a carer at the home in Sandridge, just outside St Albans, in 1991. Since then she has worked her way up and is now the home’s Head of Care.
The Salvation Army marked Sandy’s significant milestone with tea and cake alongside staff and residents. Sandy also received a gift and certificate from The Salvation Army thanking her for three decades of dedication and service to the care of older people.
Jenny Pattinson, The Salvation Army’s Interim Director of Older People’s Services, said: “30 years is a milestone to be celebrated in a sector that often sees staff move on after only a couple of years. Sandy is extremely hardworking and hugely valued and I want to thank her for her long service and commitment to The Salvation Army.
“The past year has been like no other for the care sector, since the pandemic began. I am grateful that the whole team at Lyndon House has pulled together to ensure our residents are kept safe, remained happy and felt loved throughout.”
Reflecting on her time at Lyndon House, Sandy Cummins said: “When I started, most of the staff and residents at the home were Salvation Army Officers. I remember the day I arrived. Brigadier Smith opened the door and gave me an incredibly warm welcome and I knew straight away I would be happy here.
“It has been such a privilege being able to spend time getting to know so many residents and having the opportunity to listen to their stories and experiences. I cared for one resident who had been a prisoner of war, she had such an amazing life and shared her experiences with me, which was very humbling.
“The residents really appreciate all we do to take care of them but actually I really need to thank them for taking care of me at times. It was incredible how they gave me the support, love and care that I needed when I lost my husband a few years ago. I had some time off to grieve and when I returned to work, one of the residents living with dementia really surprised me by holding my hand and gently whispering, ‘Ahhhh that face is back’. Other residents shared their own experiences of losing their husbands which was invaluable. They all helped me through a difficult time.
“Looking ahead, I hope I will still be here in another 30 years’ time, but I will probably be a resident by then! If so, I’d like to reserve room D3 as it has a lovely double window. I can see myself being very happy living here!”